ACSM American Fitness Index® Resources

Following is a list of links and downloadable documents to provide more information about the American Fitness Index, ACSM and organizations that encourage physical activity and healthy living. We hope these various resources will be useful in your locally driven endeavors.

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ACSM American Fitness Index® Resources

My AFI Community Application Tool
My AFI is a resource designed to help local leaders and decision makers from communities not included in the AFI Data Report.  The purpose of My AFI is to enable stakeholders to assess their own level of community fitness, and build understanding of the individual and societal behaviors related to physical activity in their community.

ACSM American Fitness Index 2020: Target Goals for Communities
Target Goals for Communities were introduced to the 2012 Data Report to give guidance to communities on specific measurable goals and objectives for improving their residents’ health. The document provides a detailed description of the methodology and scientific research behind the target goals for communities.

ACSM American Fitness Index Overview Factsheet
The AFI Overview Factsheet includes the history and current components of the program.

AFI Technical Assistance Program Overview
The technical assistance overview provides greater detail on the history and outcomes of the program.

AFI Comparison Table
An overview of the similarities and differences between the AFI Data Report, County Health Rankings and America’s Health Rankings.

Understanding Your Data Trend Report
A closer look at the 2009-2013 AFI Data Trend Reports.

AFI Data Sources
Links to the data source of each indicator included in the AFI Data Report.

 

ACSM American Fitness Index Infographics

Community Action Framework
Overview of the coalition process.

The Path to a Culture of Health: The Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Approach for Community-Based, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
PSE interventions designed for communities to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

The Path to a Culture of Health: The Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Approach for Community-Based, Healthy Eating
PSE interventions for communities to increase healthy eating.

The Path to a Culture of Health: The Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Approach for Community-Based, Physical Activity
PSE interventions for communities to increase opportunities for physical activity.

Washington, DC: Profile of a Fit City
See what made Washington, DC the number one metropolitan area in the 2015 AFI Data Report.

2017 AFI Actively Moving America To Better Health
Highlights from the 2017 AFI Data Report

2016 AFI Actively Moving America To Better Health
Highlights from the 2016 AFI Data Report

2015 AFI Actively Moving America To Better Health
Highlights from the 2015 AFI Data Report

2014 AFI Actively Moving America To Better Health
Highlights from the 2014 AFI Data Report

 

ACSM American Fitness Index Case Studies in Action

AFI Technical Assistance Program – Cincinnati, OH
One of three coalitions to participate in the 2013-2014 AFI Technical Assistance program.

Applying the My AFI Tool
Process and outcomes of using the My AFI community Application Tool.

Healthy Charlotte Council
Example of community work involving all sectors of a community.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Paving the way for health and economic improvements for Indianapolis residents and visitors.

 

Additional Resources

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.

Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging National Recognition Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes communities that are building environments conducive to active, healthy aging.  The National Recognition program honors two types of awards: the Commitment Award and the Achievement Award.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity provides research, educational resources, programs and campaigns targeting nutrition, physical activity and obesity.

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.

Designed to Move
Designed to Move is a call-to-action supported by a community of public, private, and civil sector organizations dedicated to ending the growing epidemic of physical inactivity.

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.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
The IOM publishes health based reports intended to facilitate government and the private sector make informed health decisions.

National Blueprint:  Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 50 and Older
The National Blueprint outlines principles and strategies that support increasing physical activity among older adults.

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 President’s Challenge
A free membership allows you to create your own ‘Fitness File’ as well as tools and resources to support a physically active life.  The Fitness File can be created for large groups or individuals.

Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource to evaluate parks and trails policies or projects and their impact on a population’s health.

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports encourages all Americans to adopt healthy, physically active lifestyles by providing educational materials and resources.

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.

Promoting Physical Activity: A Guide for Community Action
This CDC textbook provides recommended interventions for key influencers to promote physical activity in the community.

Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy’s, “Step It Up” call to action and additional resources to help individuals walk more and communities make environments more walkable.

WELCOA (The Wellness Councils of America)
WELCOA is a great source of information for business leaders, practitioners, public health professionals and consultants regarding worksite wellness.

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