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America Walks Presents at 2016 Active Living Research Conference

Last week at the 2016 Active Living Research Conference, America Walks had the opportunity to present a poster on the evaluation of the first year of the Walking College. Our poster, titled “Creating the human capital to make policy change happen: an evaluation of the America Walks Walking College,” was one of 97 posters accepted to be presented in a special session at the conference.

Conference attendees who visited our poster were able to learn about the Walking College and how this program was created to facilitate changes to the built environment and policy throughout the country. We were thrilled to be able to talk to people about the model used in the creation of the program and the idea to invest in human capital to make change happen. The positive changes in knowledge and confidence that we evaluated in our Fellows throughout the program were shown on the poster and we were able to spotlight a few of our Fellows to share their success stories.

This experience allowed us to share our successes as well as our plans for the 2016 Walking College with a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from the United States as well as across borders in places like Canada, Australia, and South Africa. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we were honored to be part of the presentations.

The Active Living Research Conference brings together active living researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The conference integrates research and practice/policy to provide opportunities for advancement of evidence and ideas and collaborations between new partners. The conference theme for 2016, “Equity in Active Living”, explored opportunities to ensure that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic background, level of education, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and/or cognitive ability, have access to safe and enjoyable places to be physically active.