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Motivating People to Be Physically Active-3rd Edition

Motivating People to Be Physically Active-3rd Edition

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    Motivating People to Be Physically Active, Third Edition, is a comprehensive guide to methods that are proven to help people reduce sedentary behavior and incorporate physical activity as a regular part of their everyday lives. Research, theories, and concepts of behavioral science are clearly translated into a practical handbook for health and fitness professionals who work in planning, developing, implementing, or evaluating physical activity programs.

    Updated with recent physical activity prevalence data and intervention studies, the text will help readers will understand the research on physical activity behavior and gain perspective on the importance of theory-based interventions for the promotion of a physically active lifestyle. Public health recommendations are presented with updated guidance from Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and new content emphasizes socioecological factors and mediators of behavior change, along with examples of inclusive, low-cost activities that can be performed in a variety of settings.

    Based on the five-stage model of motivational readiness for behavior change, the text will help readers learn to measure and assess patterns of physical activity and physical fitness, then apply appropriate interventions in individual, group, work site, and community settings. Relevant for healthy adults as well as special populations, including adults with chronic physical or psychological conditions, the book also incorporates the use of technology-supported interventions such as wearable fitness trackers.

    Five case studies of successful community and work site programs offer creative starting points for designing interventions and serve as practical examples for putting theory into practice with stage-specific strategies for motivating a variety of participants. Further assisting readers are reproducible questionnaires, worksheets, and logs that can be used as tools to assist clients with their transition to more active living.

    Motivating People to Be Physically Active, Third Edition, is the essential resource for learning to assess readiness for change and design effective intervention programs that will educate and encourage others to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle.

    Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately or as part of a package that includes both the book and exam.


    Reference for health and fitness professionals, health promotion professionals, exercise physiologists, health care professionals, public health professionals, physical educators, and physical activity researchers.
    Part I. Theoretical Background and Tools for Measuring Motivational Readiness

    Chapter 1. Describing Physical Activity Interventions
    Physical Activity Recommendations
    Definitions of Physical Activity, Exercise, and Physical Fitness
    Physical Activity Interventions
    Theoretical Models
    Motivational Readiness for Behavior Change

    Chapter 2. The Stages of Motivational Readiness for Change Model
    Motivational Readiness and the Stages of Change
    Match Treatment Strategies to Stages of Change
    Processes of Behavior Change

    Chapter 3. Integrating Other Psychological Theories and Models
    Learning Theory
    Decision-Making Theory
    Behavioral Choice Theory
    Social Cognitive Theory
    Ecological Model
    Relapse Prevention Model

    Chapter 4. Putting Theories to Work by Looking at Mediators of Change
    Consider Mediators of Physical Activity Behavior Change
    Factors That Enhance Physical Activity
    Unlock the “Black Box”

    Chapter 5. Using the Stages Model for Successful Physical Activity Interventions
    Imagine Action: A Community-Based Program
    Jump Start to Health: A Workplace-Based Study
    Jump Start: A Community-Based Study
    Project Active: A Community-Based Study
    Project STRIDE: A Community-Based Study
    Step Into Motion: A Community-Based Study

    Part II. Applications

    Chapter 6. Assessing Physical Activity Patterns and Physical Fitness
    Discovering Patterns of Physical Activity Behavior
    Determining Intensity Level
    Tracking Physical Activity Behavior
    Assessing Fitness
    Assessing Physical Activity and Fitness in Group Settings

    Chapter 7. Using the Stages Model in Individual Counseling
    Physical Readiness
    Physical Activity History
    Psychological Readiness
    Set Short- and Long-Term Goals
    Measure Success

    Chapter 8. Using the Stages Model in Group Counseling Programs
    Leading a Stage-Based Group
    Learning From a Sample Stage-Based Curriculum
    Assessing Your Effectiveness as a Leader

    Chapter 9. Using the Stages Model in Work Site Programs
    Building Support for Your Program
    Assessing Motivational Readiness
    Choosing Your Target Audience
    Reaching Your Target Audience
    Developing Stage-Matched Materials
    Focusing on Moderate-Intensity Activity
    Planning Events
    Adding Incentives for Participation

    Chapter 10. Using the Stages Model in Community Programs
    Assessing the Community’s Readiness for Change
    Reaching Individuals Within a Community
    Developing Stage-Matched Messages
    Using a Media-Based Approach to Reach Your Target Audience
    Working With Community Leaders to Reach Your Target Audience

    Appendix A. Questionnaires
    Appendix B. Resources
    Bess H. Marcus, PhD, is a professor of behavioral and social sciences and served as the second dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University. She is a clinical health psychologist who has spent over 30 years conducting research on physical activity behavior and has published over 275 papers and book chapters as well as three books on this topic. She has developed a series of assessment instruments to measure psychosocial mediators of physical activity behavior and has also developed low-cost interventions to promote physical activity behavior in community, workplace, and primary care settings.

    Marcus served on the executive committee for the development of a national strategic plan for physical activity and now serves on the board of directors for the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the international editorial board of the Journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity, and the Rhode Island Long-Term Health Planning Committee. She is actively involved on numerous NIH grants on physical activity behavior and public health. Her work increasingly focuses on promoting physical activity in underserved and vulnerable populations.

    Dori Pekmezi, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the department of health behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research and teaching focus on the application of behavioral theory and technology to physical activity promotion in underserved or at-risk populations. She has published almost 80 professional articles and book chapters on these topics and served as principal investigator or co-investigator on at least 15 physical activity research grants. Pekmezi is also a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and a cochair for the professional society’s Physical Activity Special Interest Group.

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

    Instructor guide. Includes a sample syllabus, chapter objectives, lecture notes, sample discussion topics, classroom activity ideas, group project ideas, and additional resources.

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