Faith-Based Settings

Strategy 5 
Physical activity and public health organizations should partner with faith-based organizations in developing and delivering physical activity programs that are accessible to and tailored for diverse groups of constituents. (FBS-5)

TACTICS:

Establish partnerships with faith-based organizations to support the development and/or delivery of evidence-based physical activity programs that uphold the faith community’s values, practices, and beliefs. (FBS-5.1)

Objective:

  • By 2020, an academic group, in collaboration with faith-based leaders, will convene at least 2 conferences (e.g. satellite meetings at regional public health meetings, denominational meetings, or other faith-based conferences) bringing together faith-based organizations and physical activity partners to share or provide training on evidence-based physical activity programs.

Support planning and implementation of physical activity programs that use existing infrastructures, such as ministerial organizations and interfaith coalitions. (FBS-5.2)

Objective:

  • By 2020, share capacity building materials for faith-based organizations (e.g., training manuals, implementation guides) through the clearinghouse

Include, where possible, physical activity programs at multiple points across the lifespan. (FBS-5.3)

Objective:

  • By 2020, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance* will identify physical activity programs for pregnant women, children, teens, young adults, mid-life and older age persons as noted in tactic 2.1 that appear promising for integration into faith-based settings.

Partner with faith-based organizations to boost awareness and use of physical activity best practices among faith communities. (FBS-5.4)

Objective:

  • By 2020, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance* will support faith-based organizations in creating and implementing training programs, including in-person and on-line programs, regarding physical activity best practices, and disseminate these programs through the clearinghouse. 

Identify and provide evidence-based physical activity resources and best practices to faith-based organizations for distribution through existing faith-based websites and relevant social media. (FBS-5.5)

Objective:

  • By 2020, an academic group, in collaboration with faith-based leaders, will develop a list of evidence-based physical activity resources and best practices that can be posted on faith-based and social media sites, and disseminate these materials through the clearinghouse.

Market and promote the above training materials and opportunities. (FBS-5.6)

Objective:

  • By 2020, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance* will develop a plan to market and promote training materials and opportunities as well as metrics to evaluate their reach.

Develop and provide training materials (e.g., technical assistance and implementation guides, webinars) to help faith-based organizations build their own capacities for adoption of effective and inclusive physical activity promotion programs. (FBS-5.7)

Objective:

  • By 2020, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance* will create capacity building materials to share with faith-based organizations (e.g., training manuals, implementation guides), and share these materials through the clearinghouse.

Encourage faith communities to conduct needs assessments related to their physical activity programs and services, establish goals, choose and launch physical activity programs, and evaluate outcomes through appropriate reporting systems and motivational recognition and awards. (FBS-5.8)

Objective:

      • By 2020, an academic group, in collaboration with faith-based leaders, will develop guidance on how to access and use existing tools such as the Congregational Health Index to develop a comprehensive needs assessment for physical activity programs and services, and share this guidance through the clearinghouse

Include all religious affiliations, racial/ethnic groups, and geographic locations in efforts to promotion physical activity in faith-based organizations.   (FBS-5.9)

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