New Webinar: Effective Walking and Walkability Interventions

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Date and Time: August 3, 2016 at 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern

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About the Webinar

There are a growing number of evidence-based strategies to improve walking and walkability, but few of them have achieved wide use. Thus, there is a need to work toward improved dissemination and implementation for the most promising interventions. Leading researchers will provide an overview of the state of the science on effective walking and walkability interventions, specifically as it relates to D&I research. Important target populations, including racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups at highest risk for inactivity, will be discussed. Speakers will highlight interventions that have an evidence-base but have not been widely disseminated or implemented.

About the Presenters
  • Walking Interventions

Gregory Heath, DHSc, MPH, Guerry Professor, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

heath-gregoryGregory W. Heath is Guerry Professor of Health and Human Performance and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He also serves as Director of Research at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. Dr. Heath was formally with the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he spent over 20 years initially starting as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. He has a background in physiology, nutrition, and epidemiology and holds both his masters and doctoral degrees from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California. Dr. Heath has spent most of his professional career devoted to the understanding and promotion of physical activity and exercise for the enhancement of health as well as the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He is widely published in the preventive medicine and public health literature. Dr. Heath is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association’s Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

 Greg is a native of Los Angeles, California and has been married to Janice Kellogg for 43 years. They have four grown children (one a UTC alumnus!) and nine grandchildren who represent a diversity of racial/ethnic backgrounds. Greg and Janice are members of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN. Greg is a regular transport walker/cyclist, hiker, and has been an avid distance runner since he was 12 years old.

  • Walkability Interventions

Chanam Lee, PhD, Professor, Texas A&M University

Dr. Chanam Lee is a UntitledProfessor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Her work focuses on promoting health of our cities and people through environmental design. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. She currently directs a research group, Design Research for Active Living, devoted to interdisciplinary research aimed at linking elements of the built environment with health behaviors and outcomes. She is a fellow in the Center for Health Systems and Design, and adjunct faculty with the Department of Social and Behavioral Health.

Dr. Lee’s expertise is in ‘active living research and design’ which deal with environmental and policy approaches toward promoting physical activities and public health. Her specific contributions and interests in this area include: (a) developing methodological and theoretical foundations, (b) bringing attention to high-risk populations, and (c) translating research into evidence-based tools/guides and designs.

Dr. Lee has published many papers in planning, transportation, and public health journals, and made over two hundred invited and peer-reviewed presentations within and outside the US. She has led or co-led over twenty active living related projects, including those funded by the National Institute of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • Disparities in Access to Walkable Communities and Physical Activity Opportunities

NiCole Keith, PhD, Professor, Indiana University, Indianapolis

NiCole KeithNiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM is an exercise physiologist specializing in community based participatory research with a focus on physical activity and health disparities. In 2002, Dr. Keith co-created the Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) program that is a 14-year old partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools, Eskenazi Health Federally Qualified Health Centers and IUPUI. This award-winning program provides exercise opportunities for over 3,000 adults and children living in Indianapolis inner-city communities. It also serves as a teaching, research and learning resource for IUPUI faculty and students. Dr. Keith was the 2014-2016 American College of Sports Medicine vice president of Membership, Communication, Education, and Policy. In this role she was directly involved in strategic planning, identification of best practices, and tactical partnerships of this over 50,000-member organization. Dr. Keith serves on the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Executive Committee established by an alliance of national organizations that have come together to promote physical activity in the American population. She chairs the NPAP Diversity Committee responsible for examining the NPAP with a special focus on issues related to health disparities and equity across all plan sectors. Her current research examines ways to improve physical fitness and health as individuals age. She has faculty appointments in the IU Center for Aging Research and the IUPUI Department of Kinesiology and has dedicated her career to positively influence health outcomes for socio-economically challenged community residents.

  • Moderator

Kate Kraft, PhD, Executive Director, America Walks