Call for Research Papers: Physical Activity Among Women & Girls

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Update from the Office on Women's Health

Update From the Office on Women's Health

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Call for papers: Increasing physical activity among women and girls

Physical activity is associated with a longer and better quality of life, many psychological benefits, and reduced risk of many chronic diseases and mortality. Yet many American women and girls do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity. Understanding the determinants of physical activity among women and girls, as well as the factors that contribute to increasing engagement in physical activity, is a vital public health need.

Accordingly, Public Health Reports (PHR), a peer-reviewed journal of public health research and practice, and the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and U.S. Public Health Service, is calling for manuscripts in the following areas:

  • Critical periods during the life course (e.g. puberty, marriage, educational transitions, pregnancy, and menopause) that impact physical activity levels among women and girls
  • Organized sports participation among women and girls
  • Effective policies and/or programs that promote physical activity among women and girls
  • Social determinants of physical activity among women and girls

All authors interested in submitting a full manuscript must first submit an abstract for initial review and comment. Please send abstracts as soon as possible, but no later than November 3, 2018, to Kerry O’Rourke at

Please note: Submissions should be scholarly in nature and offer a clear contribution to scientific knowledge or public health practice. Supplement submissions will be held to the same peer review standards as regular submissions to the journal. For more information, please review PHR’s instructions for contributors.

If you have questions about this call for papers, please contact Kerry O’Rourke at