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.
- 1. The Impact of State Safe Routes to School-Related Laws on Active Travel to School Policies and Practices in U.S. Elementary Schools
- 2. Program Practices and Demographic Factors Associated with Federal Funding for the Safe Routes to School Program in the United States
- 3. Impact of a Pilot Walking School Bus Intervention on Children's Pedestrian Safety Behaviors
- 4. School Sport Policy and School-Based Physical Activity Environments and Their Association with Observed Physical Activity in Middle School Children
- 5. Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of Family Fitness Zones
- 6. A Study of Community Design, Greenness, and Physical Activity in Children Using Satellite, GPS and Accelerometer Data
- 7. Out and About
- 8. Neighborhood Factors Influence Physical Activity Among African American and Hispanic or Latina Women
- 9. Hispanic Maternal and Children's Perceptions of Neighborhood Safety Related to Walking and Cycling
- 10. Investigating the Impact of a Smart Growth Community on the Contexts of Children's Physical Activity Using Ecological Momentary Assessment
- 11. Page Avenue Health Impact Assessment
- 12. Exploring Walking Differences by Socioeconomic Status Using a Spatial Agent-Based Model