New Webinar: Let’s Get Moving: The Power of Physical Activity (January 9, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific)


Webinar Title:  Let’s Get Moving: The Power of Physical Activity

Webinar Date/Time: January 9, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

In November 2018, new HHS Physical Activity Guidelines were released. They confirmed what we at America Walks already know- that when people move more, they are healthy, active, and engaged. Explore the guidelines and how communities are promoting physical activity with this webinar. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this Webinar Will:

  • Receive a briefing on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines
  • Hear how communities are getting members moving more
  • Learn about tools and resources to increase physical activity in communities

About the Speakers

Denise Lanza, CPRP, MAS, is the Assistant Deputy Director at the Morris County Park Commission, (NJ). During her tenure at the Park Commission she has served as Director of Visitor Services and Director of Recreation. In her current position, she is responsible for community partnerships, grants, sponsorships, and donations, and serves as the Executive Director of the Morris Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that supports the Park Commission. She also manages the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance program of the Park Commission, volunteer support, and select special events. She has been a part time adjunct professor at Kean University teaching fundraising and program organization in the Recreation Administration Program. Denise is a volunteer board member of Preschool Advantage, North Jersey Health Collaborative, Obesity Workgroup co-chair, and co-chair of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association Public Affairs Committee. She is also a past president and past secretary of the Association.

Katrina Piercy, PhD, RD, ACSM-CEP, LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service

Katrina Piercy is a Physical Activity and Nutrition Advisor in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She also serves as a dietitian officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Piercy advises agency and departmental officials on current physical activity and nutrition science to inform policies and programs related to health promotion and disease prevention. She was the federal lead for the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and led the project on behalf of ODPHP in collaboration with CDC, NIH, and the President’s Council on Sport, Fitness & Nutrition. Her work involved overseeing the Advisory Committee as they executed an extensive systematic literature review on physical activity and health and compiled their findings into a Scientific Report. This past year, she guided the federal writing team to synthesize the Advisory Committee’s Scientific Report, agency, and public comments into the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. She previously served as a policy writer and staffed the advisory committee for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and was the federal lead managing the Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

Perdita Wexler, MA, AELTY, is the Good Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Tamaya Wellness Program at the Pueblo of Santa Ana (NM). The Tamaya Wellness Program has been providing programming to increase physical activity and improve nutrition habits at Santa Ana Pueblo since 1999. Perdita’s work focuses on chronic disease prevention efforts through policy, systems and environmental change. The Pueblo of Santa Ana is one of 12 tribes to receive Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Santa Ana also received a Community Change Micro Grant from America Walks in 2018. Perdita worked on chronic disease prevention on a statewide level in New Mexico. As Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Health Coordinated Chronic Disease Program she engaged chronic disease programs and statewide partners in collaborative efforts. She also worked with county health councils to provide support, and worked with diverse populations to increase access to diabetes care as a Health Educator with the New Mexico Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.   Perdita grew up just up the road from Santa Ana in Placitas, New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding and reading novels