Whole of community physical activity interventions: Easier said than done

W. K. Mummery, W. J. Brown

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Objectives: To reflect on whole community intervention approaches to promoting physical activity, using experiences from the 10,000 Steps Rockhampton project. Design: Many studies are quasi-experimental with single site intervention and comparison communities. Setting and participants: Whole communities. Intervention: Coordinated multiple strategies designed to address individual, interpersonal and environmental determinants of physical activity. Main outcome measure: Physical activity Results: There are many challenges to conducting whole community interventions. Developing community partner-ships and coalitions, reaching socially disadvantaged groups, and developing effective evaluation methods are identified as specific concerns. Conclusions: Despite the challenges, the whole community approach still offers tremendous potential for developing the social and cultural change which will be required for sustained improvements in population physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


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