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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Physical Activity: Social Support Interventions in Community Settings

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends implementing efforts made in community settings to provide social support for increasing physical activity based on strong evidence of their effectiveness in increasing physical activity and improving physical fitness among adults. These social support interventions focus on changing physical activity behavior through building, strengthening, and maintaining social networks that provide supportive relationships for behavior change (e.g., setting up a buddy system, making contracts with others to complete specified levels of physical activity, or setting up walking groups or other groups to provide friendship and support).

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Health Communication and Health Information Technology
Older Adults
Physical Activity
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
The Community Guide [Internet]. Physical Activity: Social Support Interventions in Community Settings. c2001– [cited 2017 Feb 17]. Available from: