Communities across the nation are implementing projects that improve people’s ability be more physically active in their neighborhoods. This webinar will share lessons learned from different communities that increased opportunities for both children and adults to walk, bike, exercise and play through policy and environmental changes. The webinar will also provide evidence on how having access to parks, open space, trails, and other venues for physical activity is related to better health. Representatives from two different communities will share their stories, including successes in underserved neighborhoods to improve safety, aesthetics, and access to places to be active.
Brian E. Saelens, PhD, is a health psychologist and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. He was previously assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is an author on over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research has been supported by grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USDA and the National Institutes of Health. (http://www.seattlechildrens.org)
Jeannie Jurado is a Community Service Supervisor for Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency for the City of Santa Ana. Jeannie is responsible for one of six wards in the City of Santa Ana, which maintains it’s own parks, recreation centers, senior centers, bike trails, and programs. Jeannie provides strategic planning efficiently promote healthy lifestyles in the community. She is also responsible for supervision and allocation of resources to renovate parks, recreations centers, and bike trails. She works together with various nonprofit organizations & many neighborhood associations to enhance a healthier environment for all to enjoy. (http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/)
Rachel Pickering directs the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency’s Healthy Kids Initiative, a broad-based grassroots coalition of citizens taking action to prevent childhood obesity and overweight in Rochester, NY. For the past 4 years, Ms. Pickering has engaged and organized the community to advocate for improvements to the City School District’s Food Service Program, advanced a new Wellness Policy in the City School District that universally requires recess for elementary school children, and mobilized the community to successfully pass a Complete Street Ordinance in Rochester. Rachel is a member of the NY Academy of Medicine’s DASH-NY Advisory and the NYS Action for Healthy Kids Leadership Team. (www.flhsa.org)
Debbie Lou is the program analyst with Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Debbie engages advocacy, policy, and community groups to develop opportunities for research translation and dissemination, especially to ensure the research meets the needs of communities at highest risk for childhood obesity. She is co-author of a research synthesis with Dr. Wendell Taylor titled “Do All Children Have Places to be Active?” This synthesis reviews evidence showing that lower-income people and racial and ethnic minorities often live in communities that discourage active living. (www.activelivingresearch.org)
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