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Whole of community physical activity interventions: easier said than done
  1. W K Mummery1,
  2. W J Brown2
  1. 1
    Central Queensland University, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2
    University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  1. Dr W K Mummery, Central Queensland University, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, Queensland 4702, Australia; k.mummery{at}


Objectives: To reflect on whole community intervention approaches to promoting physical activity, using experiences from the 10,000 Steps Rockhampton project.

Design: Many studies are quasi-experimental with single site intervention and comparison communities.

Setting and participants: Whole communities.

Intervention: Coordinated multiple strategies designed to address individual, interpersonal and environmental determinants of physical activity.

Main outcome measure: Physical activity

Results: There are many challenges to conducting whole community interventions. Developing community partnerships and coalitions, reaching socially disadvantaged groups, and developing effective evaluation methods are identified as specific concerns.

Conclusions: Despite the challenges, the whole community approach still offers tremendous potential for developing the social and cultural change which will be required for sustained improvements in population physical activity

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  • Competing interests: None.