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ACSM American Fitness Index™ Actively Moving America to Better Health. AFI Community Action Guide Overview. ACSM American Fitness Index™. ACSM American Fitness Index ™ (AFI) focuses on: Health behaviors Chronic disease Health care Built environment Recreation School PE

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acsm american fitness index actively moving america to better health

ACSM American Fitness Index™Actively Moving America to Better Health

AFI Community Action Guide

Overview

acsm american fitness index
ACSM American Fitness Index™
  • ACSM American Fitness Index™ (AFI) focuses on:
    • Health behaviors
    • Chronic disease
    • Health care
    • Built environment
    • Recreation
    • School PE
  • Identifies community strengths & challenges
afi program goal
AFI Program Goal

Improve the health, fitness and quality of life of Americans by promoting physical activity

helping all communities
Helping All Communities
  • AFI data report includes top 50 metro areas
  • Information can help all communities look at same types of data
  • AFI Community Action Guide companion to AFI data report
afi community action guide
AFI Community Action Guide
  • Easy to read
  • Practical
  • Supports community-based efforts to improve health
  • Guide  not How-to Manual
  • Links to resources & tools
what s in the action guide
What’s In the Action Guide?
  • Executive Summary
  • Background about AFI
  • Leadership
  • Coalitions
  • Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Moving Forward
available online
Available Online

www.americanfitnessindex.org

why physical activity
Why Physical Activity?
  • 54% U.S. adults don’t get enough physical activity
  • Inactivity doubles risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes & obesity
  • Annual estimated cost of inactivity $24 to $76 billion
  • Modest increase in activity produces great health benefits
don t reinvent the wheel
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
  • National Physical Activity Plan identifies 12 states with plans www.physicalactivityplan.org
  • Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness www.physicalfitness.org/state_councils.html
  • Councils of Government (COGs)
  • Health departments
  • Parks & recreation departments
afi community action guide who is the guide for
AFI Community Action Guide Who Is the Guide For?

People interested in:

  • Community health & wellness
  • Physical activity
  • Smart growth
  • Community planning
  • Parks, open space & recreation
  • Youth services
  • Aging services
leadership
Leadership
  • Catalysts
  • Engage the community
  • Help recruit coalition
  • Lead policy efforts
  • Help assure sustainability
types of leaders figurehead
Types of Leaders: Figurehead
  • High profile name
  • Spokesperson
  • Helpful with networking& opening doors
  • Usually limited time available
  • In-kind support
types of leaders active
Types of Leaders: Active
  • Agenda setting
  • Recruiting others
  • Strategic planning
  • Facilitating
  • Resources
  • Presentations
  • Building sustainability
types of leaders staff
Types of Leaders: Staff
  • Fiscal management
  • Reporting
  • Monitoring
  • Operations
  • Communication
  • Follow-up
  • Primary point of contact
leadership game plan
Leadership Game Plan
  • Be clear with what you are asking leaders to do
  • Indicate amount of time needed
  • Identify leaders who can share power
  • Identify leaders who can bring resources to the table
coalitions
Coalitions
  • Work to achieve shared goals
  • Represent broad community interests
  • Provide unified direction
  • Work from defined objectives
coalition functions
Coalition Functions
  • Community awareness, education & strengthening knowledge
  • Educating policy makers
  • Influencing public & private policy issues
  • Building support for improvements in infrastructure
  • Changing organizational practices
starting your coalition
Starting Your Coalition
  • Define goals & objectives
  • Determine who should be involved
  • Set up operational processes
building your coalition
Building Your Coalition
  • Communicate
  • Listen
  • Determine decision-making process
  • Determine how tasks will be assigned
  • Set processes for follow-up & reporting
  • Recognize & celebrate successes
coalition pitfalls
Coalition Pitfalls
  • Competition or conflict
  • Meetings
    • Too many
    • Too long
    • Hard-to-get to
    • Too infrequent
  • Not enough funding
  • People turnover & burnout
  • Language & cultural barriers
  • Lack of clear leadership
  • No plan  unclear goals & objectives
  • Focus too broad
  • Poor decision-making process
  • Impatience
  • Poor follow-up
  • Inadequate communication
  • Imbalance in authority
planning
Planning
  • Provides clear focus
  • Supports monitoring and assessment
  • Facilitates new program development
planning elements
Planning Elements
  • Vision: Clear, broad, inspiring, easy to communicate
  • Mission statement: Easy to understand, outcome-oriented, inclusive
  • Objectives: Specific, measurable
  • Strategies: How objectives will be reached
  • Action plan: Detail –who does what, when
needs assessment
Needs Assessment
  • Obtaining & analyzing information
  • Determine the status and service needs
asset mapping
Asset Mapping

What resources exist?

  • People
  • Relationships
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial resources
developing asset maps
Developing Asset Maps
  • Identify community assets
    • Address
    • Category
    • Telephone number
    • Website
  • Develop spreadsheet listing assets
  • Map asset locations
gap analysis
Gap Analysis

Review asset maps:

  • Determine strengths & weaknesses
  • What is missing?
  • What is poorly addressed?
monitoring evaluation
Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Helps know progress made toward goals
  • Important to funders
  • Helps measure success
  • Builds trust
considerations
Considerations
  • Who will use the information?
  • What is being evaluated?
  • What are the evaluation methods?
  • How will information be gathered?
  • How will information be analyzed?
  • How will information be communicated?
public policy advocacy
Public Policy  Advocacy
  • Advocacy  Education
  • Public Policy  Addressing and influencing laws, codes & regulations
rules of advocacy
Rules of Advocacy

From the American Public Health Association

moving forward
Moving Forward

Chronic diseases attributable to physical inactivity and unhealthy diets are a “clear and present danger”

  • Focus on prevention
  • Address underlying health risks
  • Focus on community interventions
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