Environmental and policy approaches for promoting physical activity in the United States: a research agenda. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Environmental and policy approaches are promising strategies to raise population-wide rates of physical activity; yet, little attention has been paid to the development and prioritization of a research agenda on these topics that will have relevance for both researchers and practitioners. METHODS: Using input from hundreds of researchers and practitioners, a research agenda was developed for promoting physical activity through environmental and policy interventions. Concept mapping was used to develop the agenda. RESULTS: Among those who brainstormed ideas, 42% were researchers and 33% were practitioners. The data formed a concept map with 9 distinct clusters. Based on ratings by both researchers and practitioners, the policy research cluster on city planning and design emerged as the most important, with economic evaluation second. CONCLUSIONS: Our research agenda sets the stage for new inquiries to better understand the environmental and policy influences on physical activity.

published proceedings

  • J Phys Act Health

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Brownson, R. C., Kelly, C. M., Eyler, A. A., Carnoske, C., Grost, L., Handy, S. L., ... Schmid, T. L.

citation count

  • 66

complete list of authors

  • Brownson, Ross C||Kelly, Cheryl M||Eyler, Amy A||Carnoske, Cheryl||Grost, Lisa||Handy, Susan L||Maddock, Jay E||Pluto, Delores||Ritacco, Brian A||Sallis, James F||Schmid, Thomas L

publication date

  • July 2008