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Reflections on Developing a Career in Kinesiology and Public Health

Barbara E. Ainsworth

In reflecting on my academic career in kinesiology and public health, I am reminded of the interactions I’ve had with professors, students, friends, and colleagues and of the professional experiences that have defined my career. This paper is autobiographical in that it moves from playing as a

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Physical Activity and Public Health: Four Decades of Progress

Sarah K. Keadle, Eduardo E. Bustamante, and Matthew P. Buman

of the field of PA and public health (PAPH), a critical application area in kinesiology that is focused on improving population-level health. Despite the longstanding recognition of the importance of PA for individual health, the academic discipline of PAPH is relatively new and was not included in

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Reimagining Sport Management Programs Within Kinesiology and Public Health

Thomas R. George, Armin A. Marquez, Cassandra J. Coble, and Antonio S. Williams

athletes’ mental health and require sport organizations to play a role in preparing athletes for life after sports. Sport organizations at the professional, international, national, and collegiate levels are also engaged in actively promoting public health issues through community-focused programming or

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Context Matters: The Importance of Physical Activity Domains for Public Health

Tyler D. Quinn and Bethany Barone Gibbs

, there were limited data to support or refute this contention. While these widely applicable and domain-agnostic guidelines have considerable public health value in promoting physical activity at the population level, recent research challenges the assumption of equivalent health impacts across all

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Chapter 7: Selective Integration: Roles for Public Health, Kinesiology, and Physical Education

Darla M. Castelli and Latrice Sales Mitchell

The 21st century has brought a shift in research and education paradigms. As we explore the priorities for American physical education in the 21st century, we want to consider the lasting effects of a standards-based era of educational reform and the emergence of kinesiology and public health on

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Evolution of Public Health Physical Activity Applications of Accelerometers: A Personal Perspective

Richard P. Troiano

application of devices to public health. Challenges where collaboration is needed include the ability to pool data for enhanced metric and algorithm development and testing, which requires accepted common terminology, protocol harmonization, and perhaps even standards development. Ideally for public health

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The Fusion of Public Health into Kinesiology

Barbara E. Ainsworth and Steven P. Hooker

The health-enhancing benefits of regular physical activity have been theorized for thousands of years. Within the past 25 years, public health agencies, health-related organizations, and health-focused foundations have recognized regular physical activity as a major factor in preventing premature morbidity and mortality. Colleges and universities have experienced a paradigm shift in applying public health strategies to prepare graduates in understanding how to reduce the impact of sedentary lifestyles on health outcomes. For nearly 20 years, some kinesiology departments have expanded from traditional curricula to new courses and degrees in promoting physical activity in the community, the application of epidemiology concepts to physical activity, and the study of policy and environmental approaches to promoting physical activity. Given the high prevalence of physical activity insufficient to prevent premature morbidity and mortality, continuing educational efforts are needed to assure kinesiology students have the skills and information needed to promote physical activity in communities to people of all ages and abilities.

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Elevating Physical Activity as a Public Health Priority: Creation of the National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health

Christine Kimber, Eydie Abercrombie, Jacqueline N. Epping, LeeAnn Mordecai, Jimmy Newkirk Jr., and Michael Ray


Physical activity has emerged as a distinct area of public health practice. As this field evolved, the need for a professional organization for physical activity practitioners in public health became evident. A collaboration of several existing public health professional organizations formed to address this new area of public health practice. The collaboration laid the foundation to establish a professional organization. National Association of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health (NSPAPPH) was launched in April 2006. NSPAPPH accomplishments to date include convening a national meeting of physical activity practitioners, conducting strategic planning, adopting bylaws and core competencies for professional practice, developing a website and electronic newsletter, and establishing training opportunities for practitioners.


Future plans for NSPAPPH include development of a professional certification for physical activity practitioners in public health; enhancement of training and professional development opportunities; recruitment of members from national, tribal, state, and local organizations working in public and private sectors; publications of journal articles, reports, and issue briefs; and development of a policy agenda. Implementing these plans will serve to strengthen public health infrastructure for physical activity, thus improving the physical activity behaviors of Americans and the health of the nation.

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Global Public Health Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior for People Living With Chronic Conditions: A Call to Action

Paddy C. Dempsey, Christine M. Friedenreich, Michael F. Leitzmann, Matthew P. Buman, Estelle Lambert, Juana Willumsen, and Fiona Bull

management over periods of years to decades. Chronic conditions are leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally, contributing substantially toward total public health burden, including some 73.4% (41 million) of all deaths in 2017. 1 , 2 The growing burden of chronic disease is affecting all

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Better Late Than Never?! Five Compelling Reasons for Putting Physical Activity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries High Up on the Public Health Research Agenda

Katja Siefken, Andrea Ramirez Varela, Temo Waqanivalu, and Nico Schulenkorf

-standing silent pandemic of physical inactivity and its health consequences as one of the most pressing global public health challenges—particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is well known that physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality and contributes