Registration now open for Active Living Research’s Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the Active Living Research (ALR) 2015 Annual Conference. The theme of the 2015 conference, “The Science of Policy Implementation,” explores the process of taking findings from the research field of active living and using them to inform policies that increase population-level physical activity. The conference will be held Feb. 22-25, 2015 in San Diego. Continue reading

New infographic explores how changing communities gets people moving

Communities across the nation are doing more to ensure that streets, sidewalks, schools, and parks support walking, biking, and playing. A new infographic from Active Living Research (ALR) highlights several studies that evaluated changes in physical activity after the implementation of built environment and programmatic modifications in different cities. For example, children are more likely to walk or bike to school when there are quality streets and crosswalks, and programs that promote safety; existence of bike lanes is related to higher rates of cycling; and the presence of recreational facilities close to home encourages more physical activity. Continue reading

2014 ALR conference call for proposals

Active Living Research (ALR) invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference on March 9-12 in San Diego, Calif. The theme of the 2014 conference, “Niche to Norm,” recognizes the importance of advancing active living from an emerging research field with limited results and impact to well-accepted findings that regularly guide decision-making across sectors to create more active communities. Continue reading

Infographic details ‘what works to get kids active’

A new infographic by Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), shows the estimated amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, in minutes, that children could get from several distinct school and community policy changes. A combination of these can help kids meet the national recommendation of daily physical activity. Continue reading

New resources from Active Living Research highlight new research on physical activity and children

Active Living Research (ALR), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has recently published three new research briefs that summarize the findings from research that focuses on children and physical activity.

The research briefs include:

  • Do Short Physical Activity Breaks in Classrooms Work? This brief summarizes the research on how programs that provide classroom physical activity breaks impact physical activity, academic performance, health and related factors in children. The focus is on activity breaks held in the classroom and it does not include physical education or recess.

To learn more about the latest promising approaches for preventing obesity, increasing children’s physical activity levels, and improving overall health, please visit ALR’s website.

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Active Living Research conference

Interested investigators, advocates, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders can now register for the 2013 Active Living Research (ALR) conference. The ALR conference provides participants with the opportunity to hear the latest evidence on policy and environmental strategies to increase physical activity. The conference will be held Feb. 26-28, 2013, at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego. Interested parties should register before Jan. 15 to receive a discounted rate. Continue reading

New brief summarizes research on physical activity in after-school programs

Nearly one in three young people in the United States are overweight or obese and lack of physical activity contributes to the epidemic.

Leading public health officials recognize after-school programs as an important setting for promoting physical activity and preventing obesity. In recent years, 14 states have adopted policies and national standards have been developed to help increase the amount of physical activity children accumulate while attending after-school programs, but many of this standards and policies lack clearly defined benchmarks. Continue reading

ALR research summaries and briefs available

The chief aim of Active Living Research (ALR) is to increase knowledge about active living by supporting research to identify environmental factors and policies that can increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity, particularly among children in low-income and racial or ethnic minority communities. Continue reading