Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Active Living Research program

The Foundation's Active Living Research (ALR) program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.This grant provides continued funding for technical assistance and direction for ALR to accomplish its goals with a primary focus on disseminating research to effect action and policy change to increase daily physical activity among children and families in order to help reverse the rise in childhood obesity. The program places a special emphasis on research addressing ways to increase youth physical activity levels in the lower-income and racial/ethnic communities at highest risk.ALR's core activities to achieve these goals in this 12-month period will include: (1) synthesize and disseminate existing research through publications, journals, briefs, presentations, website and social media that can help inform the work of policymakers, advocates and practitioners; (2) coordinate with CDC, NIH, NCCOR and other key leaders to develop research agendas and dissemination strategies focused on increasing levels of physical activity among children at highest risk for obesity; (3) plan the 2013 ALR national conference and grantee meeting; (4) provide technical assistance, direction and mentoring to 230 grantees (10 of which are active) and assist in leveraging further RWJF's research investment; (5) conduct systematic searches of published studies in the field and continue building and refining the literature database; (6) leverage the knowledge base of ALR grantees to contribute to RWJF's two policy priorities related to physical activity: (a) increasing the time, intensity, and duration of physical activity during the school day and out-of-school programs, and (b) increasing physical activity by improving the built environment in communities; and (7) organize and implement strategic field-building activities through social media and targeted outreach.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $824,998.00

Awarded on: 11/20/2012

Time frame: 12/1/2012 - 1/31/2014

Grant Number: 70504


University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

MC 0602
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, 92093-0602


Carmen L. Cutter
Project Director


James F. Sallis
Project Director