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Thomas L. Schmid, Michael Pratt, and Lindsay Witmer


Although policy approaches are traditionally an important element of public health efforts to address major health problems, public health policy around physical activity remains poorly defined and developed.


After extensive literature searches and reviews of policy frameworks developed for other public health issues such as tobacco control and injury prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a series of workshops and discussions on physical activity policy.


A simple model describing relationships among policy, the environment, behavior, and health was developed, a framework for organizing and conceptualizing policy interventions was described, and priorities for public health efforts to promote physical activity were proposed.


An expanded focus on physical activity policy interventions is warranted, and such efforts can complement physical activity promotion efforts at other levels. The addition of researchers with expertise in the policy sciences will enhance the work of existing multidisciplinary teams.

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Peter Gelius, Antonina Tcymbal, Stephen Whiting, Sven Messing, Karim Abu-Omar, Wolfgang Geidl, Anne Kerstin Reimers, Klaus Pfeifer, Romeu Mendes, Nino Berdzuli, and Joao Breda

. New York, NY: Avalon Publishing ; 2007 . 20. Rittel HWJ , Webber MM . Dilemmas in a general theory of planning . Policy Sciences . 1973 ; 4 ( 2 ): 155 – 169 . doi:10.1007/BF01405730 21. Peters GB . The problem of policy problems . J Comp Policy Anal . 2005 ; 7 ( 4 ): 349 – 370 . 22

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Mark Dyreson

vaccines, antibiotics, and stable food supplies. Policy Science and Parables—Playing the “What If?” Game Historians are fond of debunking clichés such as “Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it,” an alleged truism based on the philosopher George Santayana’s aphorism that “Those who

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Cecilia Stenling and Michael Sam

use of evidence in state-level policymaking: Matching evidence type to legislative stage . Policy Sciences, 50, 697 – 719 . doi:10.1007/s11077-017-9289-x Norberg , J. ( 2004 ). Idrottens väg till folkhemmet. Studier i statlig idrottspolitik 1913–1970 (Doctoral dissertation). Department of

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Akira Asada, Yuhei Inoue, and Yonghwan Chang

. Management Communication Quarterly, 16 ( 2 ), 165 – 186 . 10.1177/089331802237233 Delmas , M. , & Keller , A. ( 2005 ). Free riding in voluntary environmental programs: The case of the US EPA WasteWise program . Policy Sciences, 38 ( 2–3 ), 91 – 106

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Jinsu Byun, Mathew Dowling, and Becca Leopkey

goals) Any information indicating the types and uniformity of legacy goals and targets Instruments used for policy implementation (e.g., legislation, negotiated agreements, contracts) Any information indicating how legacy programs and policies are implemented Policy–science interface (i.e., types of

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Chad Seifried, Chris Barnhill, and J. Michael Martinez

Perceptual and Motor Skills Tourism Economics Policy Sciences Tourism Management Policy Studies Journal Tourism Review International Psychology and Marketing Transport Policy Public Administration Quarterly Urban Affairs Review Public Administration Review Urban Studies Public Budgeting and Finance Voluntas

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Kathy Babiak, Lucie Thibault, and Annick Willem

), 537 – 556 . doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01921.x 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01921.x Green , M. ( 2007 ). Governing under advanced liberalism: Sport policy and the social investment state . Policy Sciences , 40 ( 1 ), 55 – 71 . doi:10.1007/s11077-007-9034-y 10.1007/s11077-007-9034-y Green , M