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WashU: CDC Network on Physical Activity Should Step Up Collaboration

A research network established to identify policies that increase physical activity has been highly productive and efficient but could benefit from more collaborations and practitioner involvement, according to a newly published evaluation by the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

[Photo: Dr. Amy A. Eyler]

Researchers from the Brown School’s Prevention Research Center studied the Physical Activity Policy Research Network, established in 2004 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They examined the network’s publications and presentations through 2014 and interviewed 25 network participants from around the U.S.

They found that the network had fulfilled several components of its mission, including the identification of physical-activity policies and their implementation.

“Future research should emphasize physical activity policy outcomes,” suggested co-author Dr. Amy A. Eyler, associate professor and assistant dean for public health at the Brown School. “Additionally, increased partnerships with practitioners for collaborative, cross-sectoral physical activity policy research should be developed.”

The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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