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.
Johanzynn Gatewood, BS, is an MPH candidate at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Her interests include health communication, the role of social media in public health, health literacy, and minority health. [Full bio].