Physical Activity Integration

A major chronic disease prevention and health equity objective of Healthy Works is to increase physical activity among San Diego County residents.  Several Healthy Works efforts aim to fulfill the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) objective of improving the likelihood that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible individuals will choose physically active lifestyles that allow them to meet the national Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  

These include efforts to integrate physical activity into existing and emerging nutrition education opportunities provided throughout the county.  However, increasing physical activity requires going beyond educating individuals to make better choices. Healthy Works and its partners also pursue policy, systems and environmental change

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strategies that create and sustain community settings more supportive of active living.

 

Examples of these NEOP policy, system and environmental change activities include:

  • Assess the community's physical environment for how well it helps or hinders physical activity opportunities such as walking and active transportation (e.g. bicycling, using transit) 
  • Identify and track existing policies in schools, early childhood centers, community settings and other local agencies that support active living and physical activity
  • Partner with city and regional planning agencies to encourage development and implementation of environments and policies that support active transportation and active living.

For more information on NEOP physical activity integration and active living efforts, contact Hugo Salgado.

 

Being creative with the use of community space can increase opportunities for residents to engage in safe, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.  The Instant Fitness program encourages people of all ages to engage in quick and easy physical activity breaks. Instant Fitness incorporates activities from Instant Recess and SPARK, both of which provide evidence-based physical activity materials and resources for people of all ages and abilities.  Instant Fitness is a fun and interactive series that challenges everyone to take 10 to15 minutes for a physical activity break during the day.

Instant Fitness is designed so that the program can be offered anywhere. It was piloted as "Rockin' Recess" in summer 2014 at the six San Diego County Library locations that were SNAP eligible sites serving summer meals.  The Rockiní Recess pilot represented a new opportunity for kids and families to exercise together and build healthy futures in a space already devoted to community building and healthy living.  

To learn more about the Instant Fitness program, contact Adrienne Gilleran. 

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