About this Research Topic
There is sufficient scientific evidence on the benefits of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of diseases. However, sedentarism remains one of the biggest health problems worldwide, leading to premature mortality in most if not all populations. It has been shown that physical activity behavior is socially patterned with lower participation rates among women, certain racial and ethnic groups, people with poorer access to education, health care and health insurance, as well as people with physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities and older adults.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has developed a national roadmap that supports achieving health equity through a physically active lifestyle. The actionable, integrated pathways that provide the foundation of ACSM's roadmap include the following:
1) Communication: Raising awareness of the issue and magnitude of health inequities and conveying the power of physical activity in promoting health equity;
2) Education: Developing educational resources to improve cultural competency for health care providers and fitness professionals as well as developing new community-based programs for lay health workers;
3) Collaboration: Building partnerships and programs that integrate existing infrastructures and leverage institutional knowledge, reach, and voices of public, private, and community organizations; and
4) Evaluation: Ensuring that ACSM attains measurable progress in reducing physical activity disparities to promote health equity.
This Research Topic targets all areas of physical activity research related with physical activity, health equity and health related outcomes in all population groups. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process.
Keywords: Physical activity, health outcomes, health equity, social determinants, special population groups
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