By: The California Department of Public Health
The Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated its Physical Activity Resource Guide (PARG). The PARG is intended to aid and support County Health Offices, local community organizations, schools and others in physical activity programming. The guide leads the reader through the complete process of health programming, Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. Three new sections have been added to the guide, Physical Literacy, Older Adults (age 60 and above) and Physical Activity and Physical Activity for Individuals with Physical Limitations and Disabilities. The PARG is available to download free at this link.
Physical literacy has been used in Canada and progressive physical activity organizations in the United States for several years. While not a new approach to physical activity, the theory embraces the positive aspects of physical activity. The goal behind physical literacy is to develop individuals who have the knowledge and skills to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity. A physically literate person is one who has the motivation, confidence, knowledge and fitness level necessary to enjoy a physically active lifestyle. The PARG discusses the advantages and benefits of using physical literacy concepts in physical activity programs for children and adults.
It is important for seniors to stay physically active as long as possible. Physically active seniors are better able to keep their independence, maintain an active social lifestyle and control or prevent most chronic diseases. The PARG provides best practice examples of model programs for seniors and resources for implementation and support.
Individuals with physical limitations and disabilities are often overlooked in physical activity programming. According to the CDC, disabled individuals are 47% more likely to be physically inactive, regarding aerobic exercise, than someone who does not have a disability. An individual with a disability is more likely to be obese, smoke, and or have high blood pressure. The PARG provides key insights, best practice model program examples and resources for developing or collaborating with programs that are designed for individuals with physical limitations.
The PARG guides Local Health Districts, State Implementing Agencies, Community Based Organizations and other intermediary agencies through the research and structure for successful physical activity programming that follows the SNAP guidelines. Contact David Bodick, CDPH NEOPB at David.Bodick@cdph.ca.gov with any questions you may regarding the PARG.
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