Strategic Priorities for Physical Activity Surveillance in the United States

Janet E. Fulton, Susan A. Carlson, Barbara Ainsworth, David Berrigan, Cynthia Carlson, Joan M. Dorn, Gregory W. Heath, Harold W. Kohl, I. Min Lee, Sarah M. Lee, Louise C. Mâsse, James R. Morrow, Kelley Pettee Gabriel, James M. Pivarnik, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Anne B. Rodgers, Brian E. Saelens, James F. Sallis, Richard P. Troiano, Catrine Tudor-LockeArthur Wendel

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Purpose Develop strategic priorities to guide future physical activity surveillance in the United States. Methods The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine convened a scientific roundtable of physical activity and measurement experts. Participants summarized the current state of aerobic physical activity surveillance for adults, focusing on practice and research needs in three areas: 1) behavior, 2) human movement, and 3) community supports. Needs and challenges for each area were identified. At the conclusion of the meeting, experts identified one overarching strategy and five strategic priorities to guide future surveillance. Results The identified overarching strategy was to develop a national plan for physical activity surveillance similar to the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan for promotion. The purpose of the plan would be to enhance coordination and collaboration within and between sectors, such as transportation and public health, and to address specific strategic priorities identified at the roundtable. These strategic priorities were used 1) to identify and prioritize physical activity constructs; 2) to assess the psychometric properties of instruments for physical activity surveillance; 3) to provide training and technical assistance for those collecting, analyzing, or interpreting surveillance data; 4) to explore accessing data from alternative sources; and 5) to improve communication, translation, and dissemination about estimates of physical activity from surveillance systems. Conclusion This roundtable provided strategic priorities for physical activity surveillance in the United States. A first step is to develop a national plan for physical activity surveillance that would provide an operating framework from which to execute these priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2057-2069
Number of pages13
JournalMedicine and science in sports and exercise
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016



ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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