Increasing access to places or facilities for physical activity includes those strategies that seek to (1) increase the number of physical spaces where people can engage in physical activity, or (2) make existing physical spaces for physical activity more accessible. Spaces can include walking or biking trails, fitness centers, community centers, and recreation spaces (e.g., community playground). Specific intervention components designed to increase the accessibility of existing physical spaces include making sure physical activity facilities are safe, clean, and appealing, and/or extending operation hours to accommodate a variety of daily schedules. This strategy of increasing access is often used in combination with informational and social support strategies or as part of a community-wide campaign.
Convergence Partnership’s Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating & Active Living
The Community Guide by the Community Prevention Services Task Force
School (including university)