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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

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

  • Identifies community strengths & challenges


AFI Program Goal

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


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

  • 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?

  • Executive Summary

  • Background about AFI

  • Leadership

  • Coalitions

  • Planning

  • Advocacy

  • Moving Forward


Available Online

www.americanfitnessindex.org


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

  • 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?

People interested in:

  • Community health & wellness

  • Physical activity

  • Smart growth

  • Community planning

  • Parks, open space & recreation

  • Youth services

  • Aging services


Leadership

  • Catalysts

  • Engage the community

  • Help recruit coalition

  • Lead policy efforts

  • Help assure sustainability


Types of Leaders: Figurehead

  • High profile name

  • Spokesperson

  • Helpful with networking& opening doors

  • Usually limited time available

  • In-kind support


Types of Leaders: Active

  • Agenda setting

  • Recruiting others

  • Strategic planning

  • Facilitating

  • Resources

  • Presentations

  • Building sustainability


Types of Leaders: Staff

  • Fiscal management

  • Reporting

  • Monitoring

  • Operations

  • Communication

  • Follow-up

  • Primary point of contact


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

  • Work to achieve shared goals

  • Represent broad community interests

  • Provide unified direction

  • Work from defined objectives


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

  • Define goals & objectives

  • Determine who should be involved

  • Set up operational processes


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

  • 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

  • Provides clear focus

  • Supports monitoring and assessment

  • Facilitates new program development


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

  • Obtaining & analyzing information

  • Determine the status and service needs


Asset Mapping

What resources exist?

  • People

  • Relationships

  • Infrastructure

  • Financial resources


Developing Asset Maps

  • Identify community assets

    • Address

    • Category

    • Telephone number

    • Website

  • Develop spreadsheet listing assets

  • Map asset locations


Wants vs. Needs


Gap Analysis

Review asset maps:

  • Determine strengths & weaknesses

  • What is missing?

  • What is poorly addressed?


Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Helps know progress made toward goals

  • Important to funders

  • Helps measure success

  • Builds trust


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

  • Advocacy  Education

  • Public Policy  Addressing and influencing laws, codes & regulations


Rules of Advocacy

From the American Public Health Association


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


QUESTIONS?


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