Youth PA

Conducting physical activity research among racially and ethnically diverse adolescents using social network analysis: Case Studies for practical use

Adolescent physical activity (PA) is significantly impacted by peer behaviors through peer influence, peer selection, and popularity. However, the scales for these social constructs may not fully capture the detailed social networks and mechanisms …

Lessons from Sustainability of Play Streets in the United States

Communities around the world lack safe places for children to play and be physically active. One solution to this issue is Play Streets, which involves the temporary closure of streets for several hours to create a safe space for active play and …

Summer friends and physical activity: Social network effects on child self-reported physical activity at summer care programs

Summer is a time of reduced physical activity (PA) for children; however, summer care programs (SCPs) can provide opportunities for children to be active and foster friendships. This study investigated associations between PA and friendship formation …

Active Play Social Network Change for Mexican-Heritage Children Participating in a Father-Focused Health Program

BACKGROUND Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional health; however, Latinx children report lower PA levels. Scholars have called for a renewed focus on fathers to promote child health. PURPOSE This study examines …

¿Qué Está Haciendo Papá? Mexican-Heritage Fathers' Physical Activity Networks After a Father-Focused Health Program

Physical activity (PA) is a public health priority due to holistic health benefits; however, many adults do not meet PA guidelines. Few studies have examined Mexican-heritage fathers' social networks, specifically with whom they are physically …

Assessing Social Network Influences on Adult Physical Activity Using Social Network Analysis: A Systematic Review

**Objective:** Social network analysis (SNA) can measure social connectedness and assess impact of interpersonal connections on health behaviors, including physical activity (PA). This paper aims to systematically review adult PA studies using SNA to …

Waco-McLennan County Active Living Plan

Project to evaluate active living in the Waco-McLennan County community

Effectiveness of disseminating school physical activity information on Facebook during a pandemic: A mixed method analysis

**Background:** Social media is an important communication tool during times of crisis because of its vast reach. Understanding the effectiveness of sharing public health guidance and promoting schoolchildren's physical activity during the COVID-19 …

Maternal perceptions of physical activity spaces for children in Texas border colonias

This study examined differences in mother-reported physical activity (PA) and screen time (ST) based on child sex and mothers’ perceptions of PA resources for Mexican-heritage (MH) children residing in Texas-Mexico border colonias. Mothers with …

The effects of Play Streets on social and community connectedness in rural communities

Promoting physical activity (PA) is a long-standing public health initiative to improve overall health and wellbeing. Innovative strategies such as Play Streets, temporary activation of public spaces to provide safe places for active play, are being …