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In 1997, the Physical Activity Epidemiology group at the University of Pittsburgh developed a Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE) supplement containing a collection of the physical activity questionnaires used in population research at that time (Introduction to the collection of physical activity questionnaires in A Collection of Physical Activity Questionnaires for Health–Related Research1). This effort ended up being one of the most sought after journal volumes that MSSE had ever published.
Since the original publication of the MSSE supplement, the demand for current physical activity assessment and intervention information has increased due to overwhelming growth in the area of physical activity and lifestyle intervention efforts. Thus the birth of the Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health (PARC-PH).
The PARC-PH was developed in order to satisfy the need for a comprehensive center that can provide up–to-date physical activity and, more recently physical function, assessment and intervention information as well as guidance to interested researchers and community members. It is our mission to support you in your physical activity, physical function, and lifestyle promotion efforts whether as part of a research or community intervention.
1Kriska AM, Caspersen CJ. Introduction to the collection of physical activity questionnaires in A Collection of Physical Activity Questionnaires for Health¨CRelated Research. Kriska and Caspersen editors. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Med Sci Sports Exerc; 1997