Partnerships for Progress in Active Living

From Research to Action

The theme for the 2011 Active Living Research Annual Conference was ‘‘Partnerships for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action.’’ In their guest editorial to this special issue of Health & Place, authors Jason A. Mendoza, Jo Salmon and James F. Sallis write, "no person is an island. The theme recognizes that partnerships are essential to identify and implement solutions for community-engaged active living research. Our intent was to highlight the importance of researchers, professionals, and community members/organizations from diverse disciplines working collaboratively to address childhood obesity and promote active living."

This special issue highlights active living research studies that were presented at the 2011 Active Living Research Annual Conference. Throughout the presentations, several themes emerged, in addition to some valuable lessons which should be useful for researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Research studies focused on: safety, injury prevention and physical activity in children and youth; the effectiveness and uptake of strategies to facilitate children’s safe and active transport to school; policy and environment changes that have the potential to contribute to improvements in youth physical activity in a variety of settings; and the effectiveness of neighborhood design for promoting physical activity in children and adults.

Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that funds research on environments and policies that support active living for children and families.