7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Active Living Research 101
James F. Sallis, PhD, Active Living Research
Andrew T. Kaczynski, PhD, University of South Carolina
Active Living Research 101 is an optional session for those who are new to the field or are attending the conference for the first time. Speakers will provide an overview of active living, basics of physical activity and health, use of ecological models, importance of environments and policy, and principles of transdisciplinary research. Examples of studies related to the fields of planning, transportation, and parks and recreation will be highlighted.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Conference Welcome and Opening Address
Rodney Lyn, PhD, Conference Chair, Georgia State University
James F. Sallis, PhD, Active Living Research
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Group Physical Activity Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Jana Lynott, AICP, MA, AARP Public Policy Institute
Livable Communities for All Ages: Creating Environments for Active and Engaged Living Across the Lifespan
Profound demographic change in America implores us to create livable communities for all, regardless of age, ability, income, or other socio-demographic characteristics. In her keynote address, Jana Lynott will share how AARP, with a membership of more than 37 million people age 50 and older, is helping to build a culture of health and wellness in communities around the country. AARP supports people’s fundamental desire for personal fulfillment and community connectedness by positively influencing the shape of our communities—both the built and social environments. Jana will draw from exemplar communities across the United States that are tackling issues of livability and fostering healthy, active, and engaged lifestyles. And she will share AARP’s powerful analysis and communications tool, the Livability Index, to show how we can measure what matters and communicate essential information about a community to local decision-makers and the general public. By keeping a focus on finding ways to enable and promote active living across the lifespan, other pieces of the livability puzzle begin to fall into place. Residents will be healthier, the economy will positively respond, and you’ll be on your way to creating your most livable community where residents’ wish to grow up and thrive across their lifespan.
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m Optional Special Lunch Session: Voices for Healthly Kids
Jill Birnbaum, Vice President, State Advocacy and Public Health, American Heart Association
Carter Headrick, Director, State and Local Obesity Policy Initiatives, American Heart Association
Tim Vaske, Regional Campaign Manager, American Heart Association
This presentation provides an overview of Voices for Healthy Kids policy and advocacy efforts across the country to help kids increase their physical activity, emphasizing on the policy campaigns underway that will have an impact on the school and community environments. During this session, the presenters will present where Voices for Healthy Kids has seen success, highlighting several successful campaigns that will have lasting, positive health impact on the populations within the state and/or community. The presenters will also share the latest campaign successes and challenges that coalitions are experiencing within their ongoing campaigns. Examples will include ways in which campaign coalition leaders are further diversifying membership and building equity approaches into their strategies, while building lasting relationships with community leaders and key decision makers; where campaigns have experienced significant opposition and how they have managed to overcome; and where campaigns have been able to create connections with other stakeholders who are not working within the children’s healthy weight focus area. This session will also highlight the ways in which Voices for Healthy Kids has been able to use research and science to build new tools, resources and approaches towards technical assistance which lead toward more sustainable campaigns, coalitions, and capacity. In addition, presenters will highlight the way the national coalitions and organizations play a critical role of supporting the overall movement. Finally, Voices for Healthy Kids will present the overall landscape moving forward. During this portion, the presenters will highlight where momentum has been built and how the advocates on the ground are exploring ways to branch out into new policy opportunities, both within the physical activity space as well as the healthy eating.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Presentation Sessions
SESSION 1: Creating Safe Streets for All People
a) Bicycle paths and their distribution by socio economic status in Bogotá: Is there equity? D.C. Parra, Washington University in St. Louis
b) Using Google Street View to measure the implementation of local land use policies, S. Slater, University of Illinois at Chicago
c) Not so complete: Stakeholder experiences with implementing complete streets policies, J.F. Chriqui, University of Illinois at Chicago
d) Extent of changes in pedestrian and bicyclist attitudes and behaviors directly after a Complete Streets project in Florida, A.B. Lester, University of South Florida
SESSION 2: Policy to Promote Active Living
a) School policies and practices related to school-day physical activity in 5th and 7th graders, K.L. McIver, University of South Carolina
b) Environmental and policy interventions in tribal communities: A review of current studies in Oklahoma and recommendations for practice, V.J. Blue Bird Jernigan, University of Oklahoma
c) Commit to health: Policies and standards targeting increased physical activity during out-of-school times produce results, D. Hollar, Healthy Networks Design and Research
d) Identifying mechanisms and strategies for translating the evidence on the built environment to inform policy and planning changes and promote physical activity, G.S. Fazli, Center for Urban Health Solutions, Canada
SESSION 3: Neighborhood Social Environment and Physical Activity
a) Do social cohesion and social interaction moderate built environment associations with walking? A. Adkins, University of Arizona
b) How did it happen? Exploring mechanisms for behavior changes toward active lifestyles after moving into a walkable community, X. Zhu, Texas A&M University
c) Neighbourhood social cohesion and perceived lack of safety are linked to changes in body composition in a longitudinal cohort of urban-dwelling South Africans, from a low-income community: STOP-SA, E.V. Lambert, University of Cape Town, South Africa
d) Sumter County on the Move!: Evaluation of a walking group intervention to promote physical activity within existing social networks, M. Forthofer, University of North Carolina Charlotte
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Poster Session
The poster session will give presenters and attendees the opportunity to network and discuss the most recent active living research and practice/policy work across a broad range of topics and settings.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Evening Activity: Dance It Yourself (DIY)
A lively, home grown dance party featuring some of our own multi-talented colleagues. Conference attendees are encouraged to sign up through the registration form to lead the group in one or two of your favorite dances. All levels welcome!
For detailed information, visit the official ALR2017 conference website: www.alr-conference.com.