The Role of Government Policy in Promoting Physical Activity

  • Debra J. Rose
  • Koren L. Fisher


This chapter will examine the role of government policies in shaping the cultural environment to make it more motivating for older people to be physically active. We begin by describing how existing scientific evidence has been used to develop physical activity (PA) guidelines that have subsequently been translated into policies and PA initiatives—the focus of the second section of the chapter. A critical review will also be presented of national and community-level initiatives and policies from three developed countries—Australia, Canada, and the United States. The choice of these countries was based on the authors’ familiarisation with each country’s PA policies and the fact that all three identify the general public as a direct target audience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra J. Rose
    • 1
  • Koren L. Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Kinesiology Department, Center for Successful Aging and Fall Prevention Center of ExcellenceCalifornia State UniversityFullertonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Successful Aging and Department of KinesiologyCalifornia State UniversityFullertonUSA

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