Individually-adapted health behavior change strategies support individuals to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines by teaching behavioral skills such as goal setting and problem-solving. These strategies are tailored to a person’s individual interests and needs. Worksites, health care, and fitness organizations can carry out individual supports through the following approaches:
Peer and professional support.
Professionals or trained peers can offer counseling and guidance to youths, adults, and older adults to help them achieve an active lifestyle.
Technology can provide individuals with virtual coaching or guidance through text messaging, telephone, Internet, or computer-tailored mailings. Individuals can wear activity monitors that provide them with immediate feedback combined with goal-setting and coaching.
Exercise Professionals’ Action Guidepdf iconexternal icon [PDF-252KB]
This resource guides exercise professionals to work with doctors and other health care providers to encourage “prescribing” physical activity as patient care. Sample forms and templates are included.
Health Care Providers’ Action Guidepdf iconexternal icon [PDF-689KB]
This is a guide for doctors and other health care providers on how to best “prescribe” physical activity to patients to help them prevent, treat, and manage chronic health conditions. Screening guides and patient handouts are included.
Park Prescription Program Toolkitexternal icon
This interactive, step-by-step guide is for agencies, health professionals, or communities interested in starting their own Park Prescription program. Sample meeting agendas, worksheets, training videos, case examples, and promotional resources are included.
The Challenge of Reimbursement-Coding and Billing Tipspdf iconexternal icon [PDF-63.1KB]
This resource includes tips and lists of ICD10 and CPT codes for health care professionals to use when assessing, prescribing, and counseling patients about physical activity during office visits.
*Can be used to help address equitable and inclusive access to physical activity