Physical Activity in Different Populations

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Before selecting your intervention strategies, it is important to think about how certain population characteristics may affect the success of the intervention. For example, population subgroups that differ by age, race, ethnicity, income or geography may respond differently to your intervention. 

The following considerations and strategies reflect “lessons learned” from physical activity interventions conducted within various population subgroups. Despite the increasing accumulation of all types of evidence, knowledge about “how something should be done” remains limited (Rychetnik, 2004). Therefore, the considerations and strategies provided below may or may not be applicable to all subgroups. As always, it may be useful to work with the priority populations in adapting intervention activities to fit their needs.

Racial and ethnic minorities

Children and adolescents

Older adults









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