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Motivating People to be Physically Active Print CE Course-2nd Edition

Motivating People to be Physically Active Print CE Course-2nd Edition

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    Motivating People to be Physically Active, Second Edition text

    • Study guide

    • Continuing education exam

    Motivating People to Be Physically Active Print CE Course will help you improve client motivation and participation in physical activity by understanding the key psychological principles of behavior change. Learn to assess your clients’ physical activity patterns, readiness for change, motivation, and barriers to exercise. Apply stage-specific strategies using interventions designed for individuals, the workplace, and the community to promote lifelong physical activity. The course concludes with a continuing education exam for credit through participating organizations.

    Course Objectives

    • Explain the importance of using appropriate tools and strategies to help clients to succeed at adopting and maintaining a physically active lifestyle.

    • Explain the importance of matching the treatment strategy with the client’s stage of change.

    • Identify sociocultural and environmental variables associated with behavior change.

    • Identify mediators that have been effective in changing physical activity behavior.

    • Outline methods used to measure mediators of physical activity.

    • Explain the importance of matching an intervention to the participant’s level of motivational readiness.

    • Identify methods for measuring physical activity in group settings.

    • Explain the importance and rationale for using tools to assess your client’s physical and psychological readiness for physical activity.

    • Identify the group leader’s role in and appropriate teaching styles for each of the five stages of change.

    • Identify methods for selecting work-site target audience, how to reach the target audience, and how to assess their motivational readiness.

    • Identify social, institutional, and environmental factors that affect participation in physical activity.


    A continuing education course for health and fitness professionals, health promotion professionals, exercise physiologists, health care professionals, physical educators, and physical activity researchers.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Theoretical Background and Tools for Measuring Motivational Readiness

    Chapter 1. Description of Physical Activity Interventions

    Definitions of Physical Activity, Exercise, and Physical Fitness

    Physical Activity Interventions

    The Stages of Motivational Readiness for Change Model

    Chapter 2. The Stages of Motivational Readiness for Change Model

    Motivational Readiness and the Stages of Change

    Matching Treatment Strategies to Stages of Change

    Processes of Behavior Change

    Chapter 3. Integrating Other Psychological Models and Theories

    Learning Theory

    Decision-Making Theory

    Behavioral Choice Theory

    Social Cognitive Theory

    Ecological Model

    Relapse Prevention Model

    Chapter 4. Learning About Physical Activity Mediators

    Why Consider Mediators?

    Moderators Versus Mediators

    Mediators of Physical Activity

    Empirical Support for Mediators

    Chapter 5. Evaluating and Measuring Physical Activity Mediators

    Processes of Change


    Decisional Balance

    Social Support

    Outcome Expectations


    Chapter 6. Successful Physical Activity Interventions Using the Stages Model

    Imagine Action: A Community-Based Program

    Jump-Start to Health: A Workplace-Based Study

    JumpStart: A Community-Based Study

    Project Active: A Community-Based Study

    Part II: Applications

    Chapter 7. Assessing Physical Activity Patterns and Physical Fitness

    Tracking Physical Activity Behavior

    Fitness Assessment

    Assessing Physical Activity and Fitness in Group Settings

    Chapter 8. Using the Stages Model in Individual Counseling

    Physical Readiness

    Psychological Readiness

    Confidence Is Critical for Behavior Change

    Setting Goals

    Measuring Success

    Chapter 9. Using the Stages Model in Group Counseling Programs

    Leading a Stage-Based Group

    A Sample Stage-Based Curriculum From Project Active

    Assessing Whether You Met Your Objective for a Session

    Chapter 10. 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

    Incentives for Participation

    Chapter 11. Using the Stages Model in Community Programs

    Community Stage of 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

    About the Author

    Bess H. Marcus, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Brown University Medical School. She is the director of physical activity research at the Brown University Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital. Dr. Marcus, a clinical and health psychologist, has spent the past 18 years conducting research on physical activity behavior, and she has published more than 100 papers and book chapters on this topic.

    She has helped create new recommendations regarding the quantity and intensity of physical activity necessary for health benefits. She also contributed to the recent Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. Dr. Marcus is known internationally for her work in helping people to become more physically active. She also served as an advisor on the curriculum development for Project Active and PRIME and is a co-author of Active Living Every Day.

    Dr. Marcus makes time to be physically active on most days of the week. She enjoys cycling, swimming, and walking with her husband, children, and friends.

    Leighann Forsyth, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Cleveland State University where she conducts research on physical activity promotion and weight management. She serves as a consultant for several NIH-funded programs promoting physical activity in diverse populations. She has coauthored invited consensus documents on physical activity maintenance and the efficacy of mediated physical activity programs. Dr. Forsyth, a clinical and health psychologist, also has a private practice specializing in eating disorders, body image, and weight management. She completed a clinical internship and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Behavior and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital. She also participated in several research programs applying the states of motivational readiness to promote physical activity adoption. She enjoys walking, in-line skating, weightlifting, and running after her two children.


    “I own an exercise studio and am constantly faced with the need to motivate and retain members as well as recognize when a member needs to be advanced. I now have some great suggestions to implement in my own club! This course has also heightened my awareness of the stages my members move through from the start to the end of the program.”

    M. Kinsley—Lincoln, California

    “Looking at a client's perceived barriers and learning the stages of motivational readiness will be so helpful. I love all the questionnaires and will definitely use them!”

    J. DeGraff—Shorewood, Wisconsin

    “As a health coach, I deal with participants in different stages of change each day. It is good to have a refresher on appropriate techniques to use in each stage.”

    M. Stafford—Indianapolis, Indiana

    “This was an excellent course for my work with teens in mental health. I am always trying to find ways to motivate them to be more active.”

    A. Koci—Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

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