Cost-Effectiveness of Minigrants to Increase Physical Activity

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice looks at the cost-effectiveness of minigrant programs that promote strategies for increasing physical activity levels in youth. Author Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, and colleagues, sampled students in grades 4 through 8 in 20 North Carolina counties in observation waves over a two-year period to determine the cost per child per minute of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Results showed that average activity levels increased 2.3 minutes per day across all 20 participating counties and suggest that targeted minigrants can be an effective means to increase physical activity in youth while also having a low cost compared with more intensive, clinically delivered interventions. Read the study, “Cost-effectiveness of Community-Based Minigrants to Increase Physical Activity in Youth,” in the July/August 2017 issue of JPHMP.

Cost-effectiveness of Community-Based Minigrants to Increase Physical Activity in Youth
Moore, Justin B. PhD, MS; Heboyan, Vahé PhD; Oniffrey, Theresa M. MPH, EMT-P; Brinkley, Jason PhD; Andrews, Sara M. MPH, MAT, RD; Kolbe, Mary Bea MPH, RD
Journal of Public Health Management and PracticeJuly/August 2017 – Volume 23 – Issue 4 – p 364–369
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000486

Dr. Justin B. Moore

Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine of the Wake Forest School of Medicine at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, USA. He conducts community-engaged research focused on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based strategies for the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity in youth. He is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and is a member of and vice-chair of the editorial board of theAmerican Journal of Public Health. [Full bio.]

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