Rural residents are not physically active enough to receive the health benefits from physical activity and they suffer disparities in chronic illness and cancers associated with physical inactivity. Rural communities are diverse and experience challenges to promoting physical activity across all the socio-ecological domains. While there is a growing body of research examining the influences on physical activity and the impact on interventions designed to increase physical activity within and across these domains, more is needed to understand the effective approaches to promote physical activity and improve rural health and health disparities.
The co-chairs of the PAPREN Rural Active Living Work Group are co-editors for a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, focusing on the socio-ecological factors associated with physical activity and physical activity promotion in rural communities. Researchers are invited to submit empirical papers or systematic reviews related to this topic area, including multi-level interventions in rural communities.
Deadline: January 31, 2021