Professor James Sallis
Menzies Health Institute Queensland Program Seminar Series
Disability & Rehabilitation
Professor James Sallis - Built Environment & Physical Activity: Moving Research into Policy & Practice
Physical inactivity and obesity are causing a substantial burden of disease across the world. "Obesogenic' environments that do not encourage, or even discourage, physical activity in our daily lives are part of the problem. Based on a lifetime of research, Jim Sallis will discuss the health impact of physical activity, the role of the built environment in causing this burden and what can be done to improve urban design and transport planning. Dr Sallis will offer recommendations on how health experts and advocates can more effectively communicate lessons of research to planners and other stakeholders to create active and healthy communities.
Professor James (Jim) Sallis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. As a pioneer in the active living research field, Prof Sallis has developed critical evidence about the role of built and social environments in shaping physical activity patterns. His work has influenced city planning and transportation policies and decision making that have led to environments that provide more accessible, safer physical activity options.
Prof Sallis developed intervention programs in school and community settings, including the award-winning SPARK (Sports Play and Active Recreation for Kids) physical activity program that has led to increased activity among more than 1.5 million kids at school every day.
He launched the International Physical Activity and Environment Network (IPEN) with the goal to stimulate collaborative research in physical activity and the environment, develop common methods and measures, mentor researchers, and bring together data from multiple countries for joint analyses. Approximately 20 countries from all continents are currently involved, and results to date are illuminating active design principles that appear to apply internationally.
Prof Sallis is the author of more than 700 scientific publications and one of the world's most cited social science authors. He has received numerous recognitions including the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award and TIME's designation as an "obesity warrior".
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