The "Active Living Conference" aims to break down research and practice silos and provide a space to exchange ideas across sectors.
Compelling and understandable research can go a long way in shaping policy decisions that support active communities. Our resources can help inform any stage of the policy-making process. We can help you put active living on the agenda; present evidence-based strategies that have potential for wide-scale impact; and share real-life examples that show how research has impacted policy.
How a PE teacher leveraged her school's wellness policies to achieve national recognition as one of America’s Healthiest Schools.
New policy brief offers data and figures to help make the case for Open Streets in your community.
New research shows bike trains can have positive impact on youth physical activity.
Infographic detailing how local park and recreation agencies impact health and wellness.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends combined built environment approaches to increase physical activity. These approaches combine new or enhanced transportation systems (e.g., pedestrian and cycling paths) with new or enhanced land use design (e.g., proximity to a store, access to a public park) to promote physical activity among residents.
Keith, N.R., Baskin, M.L., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., & Sallis, J.F. (2017). The 2016 Active Living Research Conference: Equity in Active Living. Prev Med. 95(Suppl), S1-S3.
New research examines how fee waivers can increase youth sports participation.
Berk, M. & Moon, M.M. (2016). Effects of a Facilitated Fee Waiver Program on Participation in Youth Sports Programs. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 34(3).
Registration fees can be an economic barrier to participation in public youth sports programs. While some programs offer to waive the registration fee, many do not, and those that do require that parents provide income documentation during the registration process in order to obtain the waiver. This requirement may discourage waiver applications that, in turn, may reduce participation by low-income children. This article describes the results of a demonstration program that allowed parents to obtain a youth sports programs registration fee waiver through a simple request, without demonstrating need. The demonstration found that a “facilitated waiver program” had a dramatic effect on waiver applications; a twelvefold increase was observed. Waiver applications increased the most among children attending schools in low-income neighborhoods. Those who requested waivers had strong attendance records at games and practices in the programs, and parental support was also high. Despite the benefits of facilitated waivers, however, their use alone is not sufficient to overcome the range of economic barriers to participation in youth sports programs.
A Summary of Findings from this paper is also available.