Assessing Public Perception and Support for Physical Activity Policies

Leader: Amy Eyler

The purpose of this study was to conduct an assessment of public opinion of policies in communities, schools, and workplaces that promote increased physical activity. PAPRN contracted with a survey research firm to conduct a telephone survey with random phone numbers matched to specific counties. The sample counties were drawn from existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance data on physical inactivity and obesity rates. Counties with the highest obesity rates and highest physical inactivity rates AND counties with the lowest obesity and physical inactivity rates were chosen for the sample. Information from this survey can be used for communication with local and state policy makers to outline constituent priority of these strategies to improve population health.

Support for Physical Activity Policies and Perceptions of Work and Neighborhood Environments: Variance by BMI and Activity Status at the County and Individual Levels