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From evidence to policy: reflections on emerging themes in health-enhancing physical activity

Smith, Andy and Bird, Stephen (2004) From evidence to policy: reflections on emerging themes in health-enhancing physical activity. Journal of Sports Sciences, 22 (8). pp. 791-799.

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Abstract

Based on a detailed reading of the six preceding papers, in conjunction with a reflection on the socio-political forces shaping lifestyles in the UK at the turn of the millennium, we come to four interrelated conclusions. First, sport and exercise science needs to move beyond evidence-based practice to evidence-based policy. Second, sport and exercise science needs to make health-enhancing physical activity a political issue at both national and local level. Third, transport, not health policy, may be the key to promoting health-enhancing physical activity. And, fourth, young people deserve our special attention. In reaching these four interrelated conclusions, we attempt both to shape evidence based policy and future research agendas in exercise science. To achieve an international perspective, we also present a short case note from Australia.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640410410001712476
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/98

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