The social pattern of low physical activity participation rates is similar to that of other social determinants of health. This presentation will explore the historic potential root causes of physical inactivity among many diverse groups today. Brief examples of low physical inactivity among certain groups will be given. The presentation will conclude with key questions that should be addressed and recommended strategies used throughout the nine sectors of the National Physical Activity Plan to achieve health equity through physical activity.
NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., FACSM is a Research Scientist at Indiana University Center for Aging Research, a Regenstrief Institute Investigator, a Professor in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Department of Kinesiology, and a Fellow and a 2014-2016 Vice-President of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Keith is co-founder of the Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) program; a partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools, Eskenazi Health Federally Qualified Health Centers and IUPUI since 2002. This award-winning program provides physical activity opportunities for over 3,000 adults and children living in Indianapolis inner-city communities. Dr. Keith serves on the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Revision Executive Committee and leads the NPAP Diversity Workgroup. She continues researching methods thorough which physical activity can positively influence the health outcomes of socio-economically challenged community residents.