The following resources, infographics, and links provide more information about the ACSM American Fitness Index. We hope these resources will be useful in your efforts to increase physical activity in your city.
Fitness Index In Action
Providing technical assistance in Cincinnati, OH
One of three coalitions to receive technical assistance in 2013-2014
Inspiring the Healthy Charlotte Council
Example of community work involving all sectors of a community
Applying the My Community Application Toolkit
Pennsylvania State University students use the My Community Application Toolkit to provide Pennsylvanian health and parks departments with local scores
Fitness Index Resources
ACSM American Fitness Index Factsheet
Brief overview of the history and current components of the Fitness Index
2018 ACSM American Fitness Index Summary Presentation (2019 slides coming soon)
Presentation of the findings of the 2018 Fitness Index rankings.
Technical Assistance Overview
The goal of the Fitness Index technical assistance is to identify actionable areas that have the best evidence for improving the health and fitness of residents.
Community Action Guide
The Community Action Guide provides an overview of the critical decisions and factors to address health and physical activity in your city. Using the Fitness Index, city leaders and community based organizations can understand the individual, societal, and behavioral factors related to physical activity and implement policies and programs that are meaningful to their residents.
Full list of Fitness Index data sources and year by individual indicator
Want more info on your city? Dig into the archives for a look back on the first 10 years of the Fitness Index rankings and trends.
Fitness Index Infographic Library
Path to a Culture of Health Series:
Community-Based Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Community-Based Healthy Eating
Community-Based Physical Activity
Active Living Research
A program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that provides evidence based research and strategies to encourage physical activity. These resources are intended for advocates, practitioners, policy-makers, educators, and the media.
The Community Guide-Physical Activity
The Community Guide reviews behavioral social, environmental and policy interventions as well as campaign and informational approaches to public health.
Every Body Walk!
The Every Body Walk! campaign provides news and resources on walking, health information, a personal pledge form to start walking, as well as a place to share stories about individual experiences with walking.
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
The NCPPA brings together organizations working to increase the number of Americans living active lives. The website also offers a variety of physical activity resources.
National Physical Activity Plan
The Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in all segments of the U.S. population. The Plan aims to foster a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.
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Prevention Institute: Putting prevention at the center of community well-being
Synthesizes research and practice; develops prevention tools and frameworks; helps design and guide interdisciplinary partnerships; and conducts training and strategic consultation with government, foundations, and community-based organizations nationwide and internationally.