Special Issue "Physical Activity Promotion for Reducing Health Disparities in Rural Communities"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: community-based participatory research; physical activity promotion in rural communities to promote health equity, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs in rural communities
Interests: theory-based health promotion program evaluation; social ecological determinants of physical activity, especially in rural areas; pedestrian and bicyclist safety
Interests: promoting health and health equity through an active living lens; using mixed method approaches to understand cultural context and advance approaches and policies to foster healthy and active opportunities and lifestyles for all people; partnering with underserved rural communities and families
This Special Issue focuses on the socio-ecological factors associated with physical activity and physical activity promotion in rural communities as a way to address health disparities.
Rural residents are not physically active enough to receive the health benefits from physical activity and they suffer disparities in chronic illness and cancers associated with physical inactivity. The socio-ecological model describes multiple interacting domains that impact physical activity, including individual, social/intrapersonal, community/environment (built and natural), and policy. Rural communities are diverse and experience challenges to promoting physical activity across all the socio-ecological domains. While there is a growing body of research examining the influences on physical activity and the impact on interventions designed to increase physical activity within and across these domains, more is needed to understand the effective approaches to promote physical activity and improve rural health and health disparities.
In this Special Issue, we invite researchers to submit high-quality empirical papers or systematical reviews related to the socio-ecological factors associated with physical activity and physical activity promotion, including multi-level interventions, in rural communities.
Prof. Dr. Cynthia Perry
Prof. Dr. Christiaan Abildso
Prof. Dr. M. Renée Umstattd Meyer
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- physical activity
- socio-ecological model
- health equity
- built environment