Translating research to action to spread policy and environmental strategies for increasing youths' physical activity

The Foundation's Active Living Research 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.Under this award, Active Living Research (ALR) will focus on accelerating the application of credible evidence for policy change. The program will devote the majority of its efforts to translating evidence to advance the two priorities in physical activity-related childhood obesity prevention identified by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), namely those related to increasing physical activity through out-of-school and after-school programs and through street-scale improvements in the built environment, including joint-use agreements. Remaining grant funds will focus on other policy and environmental changes with a high potential to increase physical activity levels and reduce socioeconomic disparities and the prevalence of childhood obesity. Efforts will focus on synthesizing existing and emerging research to inform policy and environmental changes and on providing needed objective evidence for advocates and decision-makers. With input from the RWJF Childhood Obesity team's advocacy leadership organizations and hubs, ALR will prioritize the translation of evidence targeted to end users, policymakers, practitioners, and advocacy groups, and will commission strategic, policy-relevant, quick-strike or commissioned analyses and research-translation grants. The grantee will achieve these broad goals by using social media, expanding the audience base at annual conferences, collaborating with other RWJF childhood obesity programs, and creating communications products (e.g., research reviews, issue briefs) on targeted, timely policy topics in collaboration with the RWJF Communications team. The grantee will not use RWJF funds for lobbying.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $999,575.00

Awarded on: 12/17/2012

Time frame: 12/15/2012 - 1/31/2014

Grant Number: 70583


University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

MC 0602
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, 92093-0602


James F. Sallis
Project Director