Recording / PlayCore Scholar Series: Parks as Equitable Resources for Youth Physical Activity, Especially Now

Recorded On: 04/08/2020

This webinar will focus on how and where children from specific ethnic/racial subgroups are active and inactive during the school year and summer and how parks and recreation can specifically increase physical activity among kids under 14 years of age. Additionally, this webinar will touch on the implications of this research for parks and physical activity during the time of COVID-19.

Learning Objectives:

  • Being able to name 2 race/ethnic groups of adolescents found to have the lowest physical activity in the summer. 
  • Identifying what type of physical activity was most preferred for virtually all subgroups of low-income adolescents? 
  • Identifying what park and recreation facility and programming recommendations are there to increase physical activity low-income among children and adolescents?

Jim Sallis, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Family and Preventive Medicine / University of California San Diego and Professorial Fellow / Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

Dr. Sallis has made contributions to the field of physical activity in the areas of measurement, correlates of physical activity, intervention, and advocacy. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies. As Director of Active Living Research he helped build an interdisciplinary field of study on the role of environments and policies in physical activity. He is an author of over 700 scientific publications, co-author of several books, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world's most cited authors.

Dr. Sallis has received awards for his science from the American College of Sports Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology. He received a lifetime achievement award in 2011 from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity.

Aaron Hipp, PhD

Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management / North Carolina State University

Dr. Hipp is a built environment and active living researcher and instructor, and has served as an Interdisciplinary Research Leader Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Hipp works collaboratively on projects related to active living and multifamily developments, parks in low-income communities of color, access to greenspace, and epidemiologic surveillance of pedestrians and bicyclists. He uses technologies and big data, including web cameras, GIS, GPS, accelerometers, and social media, to explore the relationships between place and active living.

Chea Johnson

Recreation Specialist

Mecklenburg County, NC, Park and Recreation

Russ Carson, PhD (Moderator)

Research and Health & Wellness Advisor


Russ has over 20 years of experience as a university Professor in kinesiology and public health, applied researcher, and PlayCore scholar and author of PlayOn! Russ is a passionate speaker on topics of comprehensive health and wellness and a committed champion of research translation and application. He is currently PlayCore’s Research Advisor dedicated to helping professionals turn research into practice for community health impact. Russ lives, works, and plays in northern Colorado.

This session will offer the following credits:


     0.1 IACET CEU

CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements:

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey

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Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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Parks as Equitable Resources for Youth Physical Activity Recording
Recorded 04/08/2020
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Parks as Equitable Resources for Youth Physical Activity Certificate
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