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Jim Grizzell, MBA, MA, F-ACHA
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6.0  Category I (includes 3 advanced) CECHs
NCHEC Provider #100538

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Continuing Education Self-Study Course

The 2008 Government Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Please note: The 2nd addition of the Guidelines was release in November 2018. One new course is available (and at least one other one will be). Check the Exercise, Aging and Older Adults: US Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2nd edition) - Click this link for it's page. 8.5 CECHs, $32.50. The 2008 edition was considered evidence-informed. The 2nd edition is evidence-based based on a 778 page Scientific Report.

Continuing Education Self-study Course with 6.0 hours of reading assignments and audio files (mp3). Take the 15-question TF, multiple choice and short answer post-test. ($25, for 6.0 credit hours, click here to view Fees (refundable) and Register)

  • Easy and convenient, no deadline to start or complete, study when and where you prefer
  • Study Guide: key document to help you efficiently complete the course. Includes instructions, objectives, assignments, helpful hints, (PDF)
  • Goal: The goal is to prepare health professionals to serve as expert resource persons and communicate and advocate for health with the new physical activity guidelines.
  • Objectives:
    • Describe the history and background of the new physical activity guidelines
    • Explain the rationale for the new guidelines
    • List and describe resources in the Toolkit
    • Articulate the guidelines for each population
    • Describe the science and strength of evidence for the new guidelines
  • NCHEC Participant Course Evaluation Summary (PDF, from social marketing self-study course)
    • Overall Quality of Course: 4.8 (1 = Very Poor, 5 = Excellent)

Fees and Registration

Need for the Course

There is a need for a tool to assess the effects of proposed policies, projects and programs in order prevent harm and maximize benefits to people. HIAs were recognized early in the 1990s by the World Health Organization and used by many nations. HIA use has not caught on in the US. There is some use in the US and it is being recommended for use by the Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 Advisory Committee as well as other organizations. is a practical approach used to judge the potential health effects of a policies, programs or projects on a population. Recommendations are produced for decision-makers and stakeholders, with the aim of maximizing the proposal's positive health effects and minimizing its negative health effects.

The course has four main sections. After the introduction the first provides a background using the WHO Gothenburg Consensus Paper which is referenced by all other organizations. You will get information from global, national and local perspectives. The second section will help you understand the importance and recommendation to use HIAs in the United States with an emphasis on achieving Healthy People 2020 goals. The third section gives a rational and standards for HIA use and reports. The fourth section will allow you to review and select a guide to doing HIAs or combination of guides to help you achieve your local or organization goals.

In the Advisory Committee’s paper on operationalizing the determinants of health it states ways to implement Healthy People 2020 can Address Social Determinants of Health include providing technical assistance in the form of short courses, web-based training, and/or conference sessions that guide users on how to address factors in the social and physical environment through state or local programs.

Health Education Partners is a designated Multiple Event Provider (MEP3305) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). This course has been reviewed and approved 6.0 Category I CHEC for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) in health Education.

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Quality Indicators of Distance Education

  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Prompt feedback
  • Student support services
  • Program evaluation and assessment
  • Clear analysis of audience
  • Documented technology plan to ensure quality
  • Institutional support and institutional resources
  • Course structure guidelines
  • Active learning techniques
  • Respect diverse ways of learning
  • Faculty support services
  • Strong rational fo distance education the correlates to the mission of the institution
  • Appropriate tools and media
  • Reliability and technology
  • Implementation of guidelines for course development and review of instructional materials

Chaney, B. Eddy, J. Dorman, S., Glessner, L., Green, B., Lara-Alecio, R. A primer on quality indicators of distance education. Health Promotion Practice OnlineFirst. Oct. 9, 2007.