Adopting State-Level Policy to Support Physical Activity Among School-Aged Children and Adolescents: Georgia's SHAPE Act.

Adopting State-Level Policy to Support Physical Activity Among School-Aged Children and Adolescents: Georgia's SHAPE Act. Public Health Rep. 2017 Nov/Dec;132(2_suppl):9S-15S Authors: Lyn RS, Sheldon ER, Eriksen MP Abstract Physical inactivity among children is a public health problem associated with low levels of fitness, obesity, and increased risk of chronic diseases. Public health experts have identified policies targeting physical activity as a promising strategy to address this challenge. Understanding the process by which such policies are adopted may help to facilitate progress nationally. To examine lessons learned from the passage of the Student Health and Physical Education Act in Georgia, we conducted 15 interviews with people engaged in the adoption of the act. We found that several factors were vital to policy adoption: a shifting social and political climate, the organization and mobilization of diverse partners behind a common agenda, and the development of strategies to overcome impediments to legislative progress. These findings suggest that engagement and cooperation with partners, establishment of mutual interests as a basis for collaboration, and grassroots outreach and advocacy can facilitate adoption of policies that promote physical activity. PMID: 29136490 [PubMed - in process]
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