Weiss publishes in American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Maureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with her co-author Cheryl Stuntz, St. Lawrence University, published an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine titled "Motivating Children and Adolescents to Sustain a Physically Active Lifestyle." In this review, the authors contend that knowing children's and adolescents' physical activity should be increased is not enough to enhance activity frequency, intensity, and duration. An understanding of psychological and social predictors of physical activity behaviors is essential to contributing to active lifestyles. Adults in children's lives can structure everyday environments in ways that enhance motivation for physical activity. The pathways to enhancing youths' physical activity motivation and behaviors, and positive health outcomes, include four common ingredients: feelings of competence, perceptions of choice or autonomy, supportive relationships, and enjoyment of activity participation.