From the Editor-in-Chief . . .
The article by Das et al. in the 15 February TJACSM recognizes the need to translate successful physical activity programs in community settings and targets women (mothers) as "gatekeepers" of family health. To this end, the authors have developed a logic model to assist in the implementation of a walking program and have included program theory, the development of the logic model, and the components of the logic model. The use of a logic model provides staff, participants, and community members a guideline of events and resources that are needed to provide the desired effect—increased physical activity. It provides information between the relationship of resources, activities, and outcomes. Hopefully, if resources are available with well thought out activities the program will be implemented as intended and goals (i.e., increased physical activity) will be achieved. In addition to physical activity itself, walking leaders provided short health education lessons such as how social support can increase walking, how to develop priorities, etc.
It is well known that physical activity has a large impact on health but implementation of evidence-based programs is not plentiful. Das and colleagues provide a roadmap for installation of a community-based program that was successful in improving moderate physical activity in women with children.
The Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine welcomes translational/implementation studies of exercise and policy.
Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM