D4H Web Forum Announcement

Getting Physical:

The Public Health Approach to Active Living

 Please join us for this interactive Web Forum

 Wednesday, December 7

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

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There is overwhelming evidence that physical activity is effective in preventing and treating many of the leading chronic diseases as well as maintaining healthy weight and improving longevity, well-being, and quality of life. Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading underlying cause of death in the US and the world. There has been a boom in the sale of fitness products and programs, ranging from running shoes to smart phone applications. However, over the same period of time, rates of physical activity have stayed at a constant low and obesity rates have increased to epidemic levels seen today.


The science of physical activity promotion has progressed as well, and there are several intervention approaches that have been shown to be effective, including those targeting individuals, social groups, and community environments. Many of them also are cost effective. The National Physical Activity Plan was launched in 2010 to take these interventions to prime time. The plan presents an eight-sector approach to making physical activity routine. The plan's vision is to make it possible for all members of a community to be physically active and live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity.


Join us for an unprecedented Web Forum co-sponsored by Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. National leaders will summarize the science behind the physical activity guidelines and discuss the role public health practitioners can play in facilitating more physical activity in the population.

Sponsored by the Public Health Institute and Active Living Research


Joan M Dorn, PhD

Physical Activity and Health Branch Chief

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  


William L Haskell, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Stanford Prevention Research Center 

Stanford University School of Medicine  


Russell R Pate, PhD


Department of Exercise Science


Children's Physical Activity Research Group
Arnold School of Public Health

University of South Carolina


Deborah Lou, PhD
Program Analyst
Active Living Research

A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
San Diego State University



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A program of the Public Health Institute's Dialogue4Health Getting Physical: The Public Health Approach to Active Living Web Forum is a free, interactive forum that brings leading experts together to examine this issue and offer surprising insights critical to anyone concerned about the health of our nation. For more information, email Dialogue4Health@phi.org or call (510) 285-5690.

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