Strategic Priorities for Increasing Physical Activity among Adults Age 50 and Older: The National Blueprint Consensus Conference Summary Report

in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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At the National Blueprint Consensus Conference in October 2002, representatives of more than 50 national organizations convened to identify strategies to advance the National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Age 50 and Older. Participants were assigned to 5 breakout groups—home and community, marketing, medical systems, public policy, and research—each charged with identifying the 3 highest priority strategies in its area for effectively increasing physical activity in the midlife and older adult population. In addition, 3 “cross cutting” strategies were added, which were broad-based in scope and that applied to more than 1 of the breakout themes. An organization was identified to plan and implement each strategy. The conference identified strategies and tactics to overcome societal barriers to physical activity among the targeted population. An organization was identified to plan and implement each of the 18 strategies using professional networks and established delivery channels and communication systems to translate this plan into action.

Sheppard, Park, and Chodzko-Zajko are with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801. Senior is with the American College of Sports Medicine, 401 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-3233. Mockenhaupt is with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rte. 1 and College Rd. East, Princeton, NJ 08543.