Public Health 101: An Introduction to Physical Activity - From Wearable Technology to Social Interventions

Public Health 101: An Introduction to Physical Activity - From Wearable Technology to Social Interventions

Course description:

Physical activity is crucial for maintaining health and preventing chronic diseases. Its effects extend to cognitive, emotional, physical, interpersonal, and environmental benefits, but most people still do not get enough activity to meet public health recommendations. The study of physical activity and related interventions has multiple opportunities and challenges that this course will explore. This nanocourse will provide an overview of this topic, including measurements, health benefits/risks, and determinants of physical activity, and also discuss examples of physical activity interventions. This nanocourse is intended for people interested in finding out more about the topic of physical activity, learning more about including physical activity in their research, or simply getting more active!
Note: We are committed to making the lecture and activity portions of this course accessible. Please reach out to us by email if you have any concerns regarding audio-visual issues, mobility, or anything else.

For HMS/HSPH PhD students eligible for credit, please register at the bottom of this page.

For ALL OTHERS wishing to attend the course, please register using this form (https://goo.gl/forms/MtlHPXpyrdXuvFbA2).

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this nanocourse, participants will be able to:

Day 1:
Define physical activity and sedentary behavior and describe their relationships to health.
Describe pros/cons of different methods used in measuring physical activity.
Identify some barriers and effective approaches to promote physical activity.

Day 2:
Gain hands-on (feet-on) experience in the collection and interpretation of your own physical activity data using smartphones, wearables, and/or logs.
Conduct a walk audit to evaluate neighborhood environment associated with physical activity and interpret the results.
Identify resources for collaborative research and advocacy for improving physical activity.

Schedule

Day I: Thursday, Jan 25 13:30-16:30, Armenise 125 (D) Amphitheater (@ HMS)
1. Overview –What are physical activity and sedentary behavior? How inactive/active are we?
2. Measurement and study designs
3. Health benefits/risks of physical activity
4. Determinants of and interventions for increasing physical activity

Day II: Hands-on (feet-on) activity - Thursday, Feb 1 13:30-16:30, TMEC 106 Learning Studio (@ HMS)
1. Tracking and interpreting your own physical activity data. Pros/cons of different assessment methods.
2. Assessing features of the neighborhood environment associated with physical activity using a walk audit tool (Note: if the weather allows, this activity will happen outside; Please dress accordingly).
3. Resources for collaborative research and advocacy for building active community