Physical Activity

Tools and Resources for Provider Education

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  1. Populations

Age

Older Adults

Active Aging Toolkit
http://firststeptoactivehealth.com/providers/
The Active Aging Toolkit was designed to help providers prescribe physical activity to their older adult patients. A provider manual, assessment tools, and modification guidelines are available on the website.

Agency for Health care Research and Quality 'Physical Activity and Older Americans'
http://innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx?id=3619
This website provides a detailed report on the benefits of and strategies for increasing physical activity in older adults. Steps for individuals, providers and communities to take are detailed separately.

Children and Adolescents

American Academy of Pediatrics – Promoting Physical Activity
http://www2.aap.org/obesity/letsmove/index.cfm
This section of the American Academy of Pediatrics website offers recommendations to pediatricians who want to promote physical activity to children in their practice.

Toolkit for Intervention of Overweight Children and Adolescents
http://www.apha.org/programs/resources/obesity/
This website offers a toolkit to provide parents, teachers, students and community leaders with information to use to prevent and control childhood overweight and obesity.

  1. Implementation

    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 'Aim for a Healthy Weight'
    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/profmats.htm
    This NHLBI website provides guidelines to approach the measurement of overweight and obesity and a set of steps for safe and effective weight loss.

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 'Physical Activity and Older Americans'
    http://innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx?id=3619
    This website provides a detailed report on the benefits of and strategies for increasing physical activity in older adults. Steps for individuals, providers and communities to take are detailed separately.

    Weight Control Information Network
    http://win.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm
    The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is a website that provides up-to-date, science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

  2. Other Tools/Resources

    Helping Children and Adolescents Improve Physical Activity Behaviors
    http://brightfutures.aap.org/
    This page serves as a tool for physicians to use to promote physical activity for their patients.

    How Can I Counsel Adults and Children About Weight Management and Physical Activity?
    http://xnet.kp.org/permanentejournal/spring03/counsel.pdf
    This document contains tips from researchers for physicians who need to counsel their patients about physical activity and weight management.

    Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf
    This is a 262 page evidence report developed by the National Institutes of Health that contains information on treatment, assessment, and strategies in clinical management of overweight and obese patients.

    3 Steps to Initiate Discussion about Weight Management with Your Patients
    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/heart/obesity/aim_kit/steps.pdf
    This flier gives suggestions to providers for broaching the subject of weight management with patients.

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 'Recommendations and Rationale: Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote Physical Activity'
    http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/3rduspstf/physactivity/physactrr.htm
    This site summarizes the current USPSTF recommendation on behavioral counseling in primary care to promote physical activity.

    Centers for Disease Control Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
    www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa
    This website provides information about physical activity, nutrition and obesity, including about the Active Community Environments (ACES) initiative.


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