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Physical Activity

2017 Training Catalog: PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition & Project Lean (2017)

Are you looking to bolster your public health efforts and empower people to eat healthier foods, engage in physical activity, and create safer envi...

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Inspiring Healthy Communities: Empowering Youth in Los Angeles County (2016)

Engaging youth using Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is a growing public health approach to address nutrition and obesity-related il...

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Fast-Food Zoning for Health: Lessons from Newspaper Coverage and Legislative Debates About Land-Use Policies in U.S. Communities, 2001-2013 (2015)

In the face of rising obesity rates, public health advocates have suggested zoning and other land-use policies as a promising approach to foster he...

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Opening Doors and Opportunities for Girls: A Title IX Compliance Check List (2014)

Top 14 questions to ask and act on Title IX is an important federal law that requires school districts and schools to provide equal access, res...

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English/Spanish CA4Health Radio Campaign Launch (2013)

The California Broadcasters Association (CBA) Launches English/Spanish CA4Health Radio Campaign in support of PHI’s Community Transformation ...

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Prevention Means Business (2013)

Skyrocketing health care costs and escalating chronic disease rates place a huge economic burden on America’s business owners—yet 75% o...

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California Field Research Poll: Obesity in Rural California Counties (2012)

Ninety-four percent of registered voters surveyed in 12 rural California counties say obesity is a serious problem for the nation, and 84 percent b...

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Inspiring Youth, Growing Change (2012)

The Network for a Healthy California shares ideas, lessons learned and reflections arising from the Youth Engagement Initiative with others interes...

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How Communities Move Policy - Linking Locally, Regionally, Statewide, and Nationally to Create Change (2011)

The right regional, state or federal policies can provide unique leverage points for local efforts. But staying informed about work at other l...

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Power Play! Campaign’s School Idea & Resource Kits Improve the Determinants of Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Physical Activity (2011)

This article, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, investigates the impact of the Power Play! Campaign's Sch...

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Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments: Tips and Tools for Community Change - 2nd Edition (2011)

For a long time, strategies to prevent or reduce obesity and to increase healthy eating and physical activity have focused on individuals—tea...

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Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California (2nd Edition) (2011)

Welcome to the updated edition of Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California. Now an online resource, this primer&mda...

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Working with Other Movements to Achieve Community Health Goals: Climate Change, Health in All Policies, and More (2011)

In California, two policy-oriented movements offer tremendous opportunities for communities working to build community health and health equity by ...

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Youth to Watch: Making Healthier Communities (2010)

All across California, young people are living the reality of their environment every day. Youth engaged in reducing the disparities and inequities...

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California Convergence: Promise and Progress in Building a Movement (2009)

In June 2008, a group of community leaders from across California came together to imagine a healthier state: a place where all residents have acce...

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Engaging Communities in Changing Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments (2009)

The California Endowment’s Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) program and Central California Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) have ...

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Fact Sheet: Physical Activity (2009)

It is recommended that young people (ages 6–19) engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity (PA) on most, and preferably all, days of ...

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Fact Sheet: Physical Education (2009)

Physical Education (PE) is planned instruction that builds motor skills and teaches movement concepts and the health benefits of regular physical a...

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Fact Sheet: The School Environment (2009)

The school nutrition and physical activity environment impacts student food choices and levels of physical activity, thereby impacting the students...

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Fact Sheet: What Is Policy? (2009)

A policy is a rule or set of rules that people must follow. Policies have the power to influence how you and others act. Policies can be set by gov...

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Fact Sheet: Working With Schools (2009)

When advocating for changes in your local schools, it is important to know how schools work. Understanding how schools work will assist you in your...

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Fact Sheets: Let's Move California After School (2009)

After school programs are the perfect time and the place to ensure that youth are fit, healthy, and ready to learn.  These fact sheets, cr...

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Inspiring Youth as Partners (2009)

All over the country, from parents to communities to government, people are asking, why are young people so overweight? The Network for a Healthy C...

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Local Network Success Stories (2009)

This brief is a California statewide compilation of FFY 2009 Success Stories from local Network for a Healthy California (NETWORK) projects. This c...

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Maximizing Opportunities for Physical Activity through Joint Use of Facilities (2009)

Recent studies have emerged linking physical activity with improved academic performance, classroom behavior and school attendance among children a...

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Networking to Inspire Healthy Change (2009)

This document provides information about nutrition services at select school-based networking sites that inspire healthy change.

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Physical Activity and Physical Education in California Schools (2009)

A Survey of District/County Office of Education Perceptions and Practices Schools play an important role in influencing student physical a...

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Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities and Challenges (2009)

In South Los Angeles, middle schoolers have the opportunity to demonstrate their physical activity skills, such as hip hop dance, to elementar...

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Safe Routes to School (2009)

Increased physical activity is associated with better academic performance, concentration and classroom behavior. Research shows that school-age ch...

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Adolescent Health Brief: Nutrition and Physical Activity (2008)

Childhood and adolescence are critical times in the development of lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits. Adolescent nutrition and physical a...

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Adolescent Preventive Services: Rates and Disparities in Preventive Health Topics Covered During Routine Medical Care in a California Sample (2008)

This article examines rates and disparities in preventive health topics covered during routine medical care for adolescents. Utilizing 2003 Califor...

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Brief: Research Implications School Wellness, Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation (2008)

A research brief about the research implications for state school boards association leaders.

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School Wellness Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (2008)

Perceptions, barriers, and opportunities among school board members, state school boards associations, school wellness advocates, state public heal...

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School Wellness Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation: Research Implications for School Board Members (2008)

Studies have provided evidence that poor nutrition and limited physical activity among today’s children and youth can negatively impact their...

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Working together: Policy Systems & Environmental Change for Community Health

Through its over 700 staff, 200 projects and 100 principal investigators, the Public Health Institute addresses emerging public health issues and s...

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