Recording / PlayCore Scholar Series: Youth Advocacy for Better and Equitable Physical Activity Environments

Recorded On: 06/11/2020

The Youth Engagement and Action for Health (YEAH!) project works nationally with African American, American Indian, Latino, Asian, and Pacific Islander lower-income urban/rural middle schoolers to take an in-depth look at their neighborhood’s strengths and weaknesses that are most likely to affect physical activity. Using a group-based program curriculum that is designed to help youth advocate for policy/environmental changes that promote physical activity, youth collect information through small groups and are taught to set priorities for improvements around problems they identify. YEAH! led to increases in the number of days youth spent being physically active and improved outcomes along multiple attitudinal and health-related measures among low-income and diverse racial and ethnic minority youth living in different types of geographic locations. Youth also learn how to communicate with decision-makers and to advocate for the changes needed to advance the walkability, safety, and physical activity options in their communities. Additionally, this webinar will touch on the implications of this research for youth physical activity and remote engagement resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how to use this curriculum in their own communities.
  • Identify ways YEAH! increases the number of days youth are physically active
  • Outline a successful approach to involve youth in advocating for change.

Dr. Nisha D. Botchwey

Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning

Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Botchwey’s impacts on the field of physical activity are based on her planning, public health and equity research. She is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor in Emory University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Botchwey is a member of the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) and directs the Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse. 

She is co-author of Health Impact Assessment in the USA (2014), convener of a national expert panel on interdisciplinary workforce training between the public health and community design fields, and author of numerous articles, scientific presentations and workshops. Dr. Botchwey has won distinctions including an NSF ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Faculty Award, the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award, a Rockefeller-Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and a Nominated Changemaker by the Obama White House’ Council on Women and Girls. She has also served on the Advisory Committee to the Director for the Centers of Disease Control Prevention and the Voices for Healthy Kids Strategic Advisory Committee for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Botchwey’s current focus is on youth advocacy for physical activity and community wellbeing.

Areas of Discipline: Promoting physical activity; City planning; Youth advocacy; Health equity

Rachel Millstein

Clinical Psychologist

General Hospital and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rachel Millstein is a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on chronic disease prevention and the intersection of emotions and health. Her clinical interests include evidence-based therapies, positive psychology, and mindfulness techniques for improving mood, anxiety, and well-being.

Dr. Millstein earned her PhD from her San Diego State University and completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Kim Bryan

Special Education Specialist,

Glades Middle School, FL

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

To obtain your CEU, please visit the "contents" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

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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Youth Advocacy Recording
Recorded 06/11/2020
Recorded 06/11/2020
Obtaining your CEU Credit
Step 1: Complete Youth Advocacy Survey
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Step 2: Download Youth Advocacy Certificate
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available