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Motivating People to be Physically Active


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Chapter 1. Description of Physical Activity Interventions; Chapter 2. The Stages of Motivational Readiness for Change Model; Chapter 3. Integrating Other Psychological Theories and Models; Chapter 4. Putting Theories to Work: Looking at Mediators of Change; Chapter 5. Successful Physical Activity Interventions Using the Stages Model; Chapter 6. Assessing Physical Activity Patterns and Physical Fitness; Chapter 7. Using the Stages Model in Individual Counseling; Chapter 8. Using the Stages Model in Group Counseling Programs; Chapter 9. Using the Stages Model in Work-Site Programs; Chapter 10. Using the Stages Model in Community Programs.

About the Author

Bess H. Marcus, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at the Brown University Medical School. She is also the director of physical activity research at the Brown University Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital. Dr. Marcus, a clinical psychologist, has spent the past 18 years conducting research on physical activity behaviour and she has published more than 100 papers and book chapters on this topic. LeighAnn Forsyth, PhD, is a psychology professor at Cleveland State University, where she conducts research on physical activity adoption. She has a private practice specialising in eating and weight management. Dr. Forsyth completed a clinical internship and two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital.


"In my opinion Motivating People to Be Physically Active, Second Edition is the best book of 2009 on how to apply theory to practice. It is the only one I have liked well enough to write a recommendation. The book starts with four chapters that provide a thorough review of physical activity and behavior change theory, with special emphasis on motivational readiness to change. This review was one of the best I have read in terms of being well grounded scientifically but also very practical. The next chapter describes how to apply these concepts to assess physical activity patterns. The final four chapters describe how to develop programs for individual counseling, group counseling, work settings and community settings. The book includes forms that can be used to track physical activity and counsel clients, and the appendix is full of questionnaires that can be used to measure many of the concepts described in the book. The book is well organized, clearly written, thoroughly documented and easy to read. I recommend it highly to anyone who is involved in designing or managing fitness programs, coaching or personal fitness training, or is teaching or studying these issues." Michael P. O'Donnell, MBA, MPH, PhD Editor in Chief, American Journal of Health Promotion

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