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Physical activity surveys to be distributed in seven counties

BOONE – Appalachian State University is distributing 1,000 surveys in each of seven counties to assess citizen awareness and use of physical activity programming, recreational facilities and walking trails in the county, as well as attitudes about physical activity and fitness.

The assessment is being conducted in Burke, Buncombe, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Mitchell and Watauga counties.

Recipients of the survey are encouraged to complete and return the surveys. Those who return a completed survey will be entered into a random drawing to win one of 40 Wal-Mart gift cards valued at $50.

Surveys will be mailed the week of July 10 to randomly selected participants. The project is funded by the Be Active-Appalachian Partnership.

The Be Active-Appalachian Partnership promotes physical activity for the citizens of western North Carolina through programming, people and policies. It is a collaboration between Be Active North Carolina and Appalachian State University, supported by a five-year grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and housed in Appalachian’s Institute for Health and Human Services.

The primary focus of the study is the disconnection between the numerous physical activity programming initiatives in the region and the increasing rates of obesity and sedentary lifestyles in both children and adults in western North Carolina.

Survey answers will be kept confidential, and results will be reported only as summaries in which no individual’s answers can be identified.

The study is being conducted by faculty in Appalachian’s Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science and the Department of Sociology and Social Work.

For more information, contact Susan Tumbleston, program director of the Be Active-Appalachian Partnership at (828) 262-7155 or beactive@appstate.edu.

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