Active Living Research

Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Its primary goal is to support and share research on environmental and policy strategies that can promote daily physical activity for children and families across the United States. It places special emphasis on research related to children of color and lower-income children who are at highest risk for obesity.

Active Living Research provides credible and action-oriented research results that address the root causes of childhood obesity and physical inactivity. With a focus on communitiesactive transportationschools and parks and recreation, the program informs the work of advocatespractitioners and policy-makers. Its resources support strategies that can make the biggest impact on reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and promoting active living.

In partnership with Dialogue4Health, Active Living Research hosts Web Forums on healthy living.

Web Forums

Designing for Affordable and Active Housing
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Panelists Dr. Karen Lee, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Ontario College of Art and Design University; Shampa Chanda, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; and Brian Prater, Low Income Investment Fund, discuss the Active Design Guidelines, a set of evidence-based and best-practice urban and building design strategies for creating spaces that encourage walking, bicycling, active transportation and recreation, and active movement like stair use in buildings. Listen to the Web Forum

Communities Creating Healthy, Active Environments
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Panelists Brian Saelens, Health Psychologist and Preofessor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Seattle CHildren's Hospital; Jeannie Jurado, Community Services Supervisor for the City of Santa Ana; and Rachel Pickering, Associate Director of Community Engagement for the Finger Lakes Heath Systems Agency, provide insight and lessons about projects that help promote physically active communities. Listen to the Web Forum

Research and Nonprofit Partners Creating Healthy, Active Communities
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Panelists Ian Thomas, Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, Missouri; Noreen McDonald, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina; and Renee Kuhlman, Director of Special Projects for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, provide ideas, recommendations and examples of ways that non profits organizations and research can partner for the health of a community. Listen to the Web Forum

Programs and Policies to Get Kids Active Outside of School Time
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Panelists Michael W. Beets, Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina; Monica Hubbs Vinluan, Project Director with Healthier Communities Initiative; and Becky Ciminillo, Executive Director of Child Care at the YMCA of Central Ohio, provide recommendations for how programs and policies can better support physical activity in after-school settings. Listen to the Web Forum

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Promoting Active Transportation in Rural Areas
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Panelists Mark Duncan, President of Starkville in Motion; Eric Oberg, Manager with Rails to Trails Conservancy; Jennifer Rice, Director of Community Strategies for the Humboldt Area Foundation; and Ronald Crossman, Associate Research Professor and Research Associate at the Social Science Research Center of Mississippi State University, discuss  how small towns can implement policies, programs, and environmental changes that support walking and biking. Listen to the Web Forum

Improving School Policies and Settings to Increase Physical Activity
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Panelists Thom McKenzie, Professor Emeritus at the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University; Aaron Beighle, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky; and Martin Gonzalez, Assistant Executive Director of Member Services at the California School Boards Association, discuss strategies to improve the quality of physical education, recess, and other school policies, programs, and environments to support physical activity. Listen to the Web Forum

Green Places, Play Spaces, Income, and Race: How Parks and Recreation Can Support Physical Activity among Diverse and Underserved Populations
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Panelists Andrew Mowen, Associate Professor at The College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University; Deborah Cohen, Senior Natural Scientist at the RAND Corporation; and Deborah Lou, Program Analyst with Active Living Research, share examples of park-based interventions designed to get people more active and discuss why increasing access to parks and recreation resources is a matter of social justice. Listen to the Web Forum

Getting Physical: The Public Health Approach to Active Living
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Panelists William L. Haskell, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine; Joan Dorn, Physical Activity and Health Brand Chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Russell R. Pate, Professor at the Department of Exercise Science and Director of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, summarize the science behind the physical activity guidelines and discuss the role public health practitioners can play in facilitating more physical activity in the population. Listen to the Web Forum