Physical Activity Communities > At-Risk Populations

The inclusive conditions that define “at-risk” vary somewhat between communities, countries, and regions of the world. “At-risk” may include those with significant life incidents leading to limitations in physical functioning, communications, cognition, or those requiring special medical care, or who have disabilities, chronic medical disorders, are institutionalized, or, finally, are disadvantaged socially, economically or with regard to transportation. Research is needed to develop a base of evidence concerning health and quality of life outcomes of physical activity for these diverse conditions. Yet, concerted efforts nonetheless should be made now by government and non-government entities to reduce barriers to physical activity for these individuals for reasons of potential benefit to their health-related quality of life and social integration. This resource area will guide visitors to policies, research and reports investigating and promoting the connection between physical activity and health needs of ‘at-risk’ populations.