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Table 5 Level of support for policy approaches to promote physical activity

From: Assessing the social climate of physical (in)activity in Canada

Category Policy support Strongly support Moderately support Total level of support
Individual Increase training of educators and school support staff to deliver quality physical activity programming 867 781 1648
34.4% 31% 65.4%
Provide programs to educate, inspire, support, or motivate the general public about the importance of regular physical activity 677 723 1400
26.9% 28.7% 55.6%
Create and share guidelines for adults that provide guidance on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep 569 756 1325
22.6% 30% 52.6%
Fund media campaigns to educate the public about increasing physical activity and reducing screen time 410 574 984
16.3% 22.8% 39.1%
Environment (school/community) Provide mandatory daily physical education or physical activity requirements in all schools 1332 568 1900
52.9% 22.5% 75.4%
Improve universal accessibility (e.g., wheelchair access) of recreation facilities to enable participation among all ability groups 1066 630 1696
42.3% 25% 67.3%
Enhance the quantity and quality of green spaces in all neighbourhoods 1011 680 1691
40.1% 27% 67.1%
Implement transportation policies designed to promote physical activity through safe routes, cycle facilities, adequate lighting, etc. 758 647 1405
30.1% 25.7% 55.8%
Change the design of our neighbourhoods and communities to encourage informal physical activity in daily life 713 672 1385
28.3% 26.7% 55%
Provide support to guarantee safe and supported play areas in urban environments (e.g., security/chaperone at an urban basketball court). 656 700 1356
26% 27.8% 53.8%
Environment (legislative) Redirect government funding for high performance sport (e.g., Olympians) to recreational sport 371 516 887
14.7% 20.5% 35.2%
Ban all traffic in high-use pedestrian areas during peak hours to support active (walking, cycling) or public transportation 347 424 771
13.8% 16.8% 30.6%
Restrict the use of elevators for trips three floors or less (e.g. exceptions include use by individuals with disabilities, persons with baby strollers) 351 414 765
13.9% 16.4% 30.4%
Economics Provide incentives for workplaces to develop physical activity policies and access to physical activity facilities for workers 892 717 1609
35.4% 28.5% 63.9%
Subsidize programs that encourage people to be physically active 762 691 1453
30.3% 27.4% 57.7%
Remove sales taxes on all physical activity equipment 854 575 1429
33.9% 22.8% 56.7%
Provide tax credits or monetary incentives for people who are involved in physical activity 839 571 1410
33.3% 22.7% 56%