The Journal of Physical Activity and Health publishes original research and review papers examining the relationship between physical activity and all aspects of health, studying physical activity as an exposure as well as an outcome.
In the past, research involving the relationship between physical activity and health has appeared in various journals, but no single scholarly publication was devoted to that relationship. The Journal of Physical Activity & Health (JPAH) has answered the critical need for a single publication dedicated to research and practice related to physical activity and health.
JPAH publishes original research and review papers examining the relationship between physical activity and all aspects of health, studying physical activity as an exposure as well as an outcome. JPAH also calls for papers that examine behavioral, community, and environmental interventions that may affect physical activity on an individual and population-wide basis. The “Public Health Practice” feature allows practitioners in the field to publish on successes of best practices. The articles represent work from nearly two dozen countries and feature multifaceted international perspectives. Further, the editorial board is composed of several international researchers who are widely recognized for their work. Recent issues have covered topics such as physical activity in afterschool programs, gender differences in physical activity among children, and perceived barriers to exercise among obese and nonobese women.
JPAH is also published in a digital format, providing online subscribers with the same authoritative content of the print edition but with additional advantages, including the ability to search entire issues in seconds and access to back issues. The content of the online version of JPAH is available weeks before the print version arrives by mail, and subscribers can receive the table of contents of each issue by e-mail when a new issue is published. The online version of JPAH includes Portuguese translations of selected articles. In addition, the journal has an “In Press” feature allowing accepted papers to be published and cited before the availability of the print publication.
Loretta DiPietro, PhD, is the chair of the department of exercise science at George Washington State University School of Public Health and Health Services. The department is one of very few in the world that is housed and completely integrated in a school of public health. Her research interests concern the role of physical activity and successful aging. She has been awarded several grants from the National Institute on Aging, and her current work strives to bridge the gaps between population-based public health and the clinical and physiological domains of exercise science.