Implementing effective and sustainable active living programs in the community is an important part of public health promotion and intervention. Programming for increased physical activity requires a well-considered and systematic approach to planning, implementation and evaluation. Program development should be based on the health needs within the target community and have a clear structure, yet be flexible to encourage participation and sustainability. This unit will consider both local active living initiatives and large-scale public health campaigns to provide students with an understanding of applied programming in an active living setting. Students will be encouraged to critique and apply a variety of planning, implementation and evaluation strategies to real world active living programs in order to extrapolate and develop their own methodology for programming in the active living setting. Implementation and evaluation strategies, such as social media, online interfaces, social support and other innovative methods will be discussed, with an emphasis on using high-quality evidence in program planning stages.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically apply high-quality planning, implementation and evaluation strategies for active living programs;  
  2. Propose and justify processes involved in health needs assessments for a variety of settings; community, workplace, schools, target populations;  
  3. Interrogate and recommend programming approaches that involve all aspects of a socio-ecological framework to provide holistic active living programs; and  
  4. Argue the role and need for specific, evidence-based programs as part of a broader initiative to promote active living in a variety of known and unknown contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
ICT (Wiki, Web sites) Wiki contribution - Large scale health campaign – critique existing social media or press advertisement/coverage (1500 words) 20%
Essay Essay / Report - Critically appraise existing active living program, integrating reflection on site visits with theoretical program models (3000 words 40%
Presentation Seminar Presentation of existing active living program, including audio visual ethnography and evidence-based recommendations for change (2500 words) 40%

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