Practitioners, athletes, and other activists are pushing solutions to make more Americans physically active, especially chronically inactive and less active populations. The ACSM guidelines, published in the April issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, suggest four key goals:
- Spreading awareness of health inequities and physical activity's role in addressing them
- Educating providers and fitness professionals about cultural competency and health barriers, and developing new community programs
- Collaborating across industries including healthcare, education, and sports and fitness
- Evaluating their progress and compiling a best practices database
"It's going to take a large push," said the first author of the document, Rebecca Hasson, PhD, IHPI member and kinesiology professor at U-M's School of Public Health. "There are still a lot of barriers ... that prohibit people from being physically active on a regular basis."