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Social Support for Physical Activity



A school-based intervention targeted children at high-risk for cardiovascular disease and their families. Parents participated in a 12-week education program covering topics such as healthy eating and exercise, and utilizing behavioral support strategies.


A community-based intervention targeting physical activity among older women recruited volunteers to serve as exercise leaders. Exercise leaders organized a regular walking group and social events that included physical activity opportunities for members of the walking group.

Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) Examples


New Moves is a program for adolescent girls designed to promote behavioral changes, including healthy eating and physical activity, in a supportive environment that is accepting of different body types. New Moves is administered in a school physical education class over the course of a school year.


The PHLAME (Promoting Healthy Living: Assessing More Effects) program promotes heart health among firefighters using a peer-led, team-centered curriculum and a counselor-led intervention. The program promotes healthy eating habits, regular physical activity, and appropriate body weight.


The StrongWomen – Healthy Hearts program is a community-based intervention designed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in sedentary midlife and older women who are overweight or obese. The 12 week curriculum includes both physical activity and dietary components.


Planet Health uses an interdisciplinary curriculum, infused into regular school subjects, to improve activity and dietary behaviors among 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The program is delivered by classroom teachers to all students, not just those who are obese, and includes both nutrition and physical activity components.


Coordinated Approach to Child Health addresses eating habits, physical activity, and cigarette smoking among 3rd to 5th graders in diverse communities. The program is comprised of family-based and school-based curricula, implemented by classroom teachers.