Increasing Physical Activity in Populations: Understanding Diffusion and Dissemination (PA2004)

Venue: The Cooper Institute

Location: Dallas, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 21, 2004 End Date/Time: Oct 23, 2004
Registration Date: Oct 21, 2004
Early Registration Date: Oct 08, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 01, 2004
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Conference Objectives
1. Review the literature and on-going research into dissemination and diffusion incorporating various professional perspectives. The first objective of the conference will be to assemble a diverse group of leading experts to summarize what we know about the process of disseminating and diffusing information about physical activity and other risk-reduction behaviors, and interventions to improve physical activity and other risk-reduction behaviors to world populations. This diverse group will include professionals working in the fields of communication, behavioral medicine, psychology. anthropology, sociology, journalism, computer-mediated communication, sports medicine, exercise science, epidemiology and public health.
2. Develop recommendations for programs and practice. A second objective is to stimulate discussion on how physical activity recommendations and evidence-based interventions can be successfully implemented with larger world populations through the processes of dissemination and diffusion. Special attention will be given to potential barriers faced in many countries (e.g., developing countries), and in many populations (e.g., minority populations, aging populations) and to the use of a variety of communication methods, including the news media, academic publications, and the Internet
3. Discuss optimal research strategies to measure the rates of adoption of physical activity recommendations and interventions in world populations and identify successful dissemination strategies. Focused attention will be given to identification of potential barriers in the diffusion of physical activity findings and dissemination of evidence-based interventions from the research arena to application in larger world populations.
4. Discuss recommendations for future directions in research on dissemination and diffusion of physical activity recommendations and interventions. The final objective of the conference is to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations for future research in this area and to promote the scientific study of the dissemination and diffusion process through multidisciplinary collaboration. Participants will be encouraged to network and develop professional contacts for future research partnerships.


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