Recording / PlayCore's Scholarly Scoop: Family and Youth Summertime Physical Activity during COVID-19

Recorded On: 06/01/2020

For weeks of working and schooling at home, parents and families have experienced firsthand the importance (and implications) of daily physical activity. Now, with summer months ahead, what is known about summertime youth physical activity and strategies that will help families and youth be active during COVID-19? Join us for a virtual chat with leading international scholars on the topic as they share their research-based recommendations and answer your questions.

Recommended reading and viewing:
A Call to Action: Physical Activity and COVID-19
Youth Physical Activity in Summer vs. School Year: Patterns and Disparities

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.

Michael Pratt

Preventative Medicine Physician

University of California

Dr. Pratt is a Professor in the Division of Global Health with expertise in physical activity and public health. Before coming to UC San Diego, he was a Visiting Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, at Emory University and a Medical Officer at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC, including serving as the Senior Advisor for Global Health and as the first Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch.

Dr. Pratt founded the CDC World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health and the International Physical Activity and Public Health Course. Dr. Pratt has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Schools of Medicine and Government at los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia and a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil. He completed a Masters Degree in exercise physiology and Medical Degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, medical residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, earned a Masters Degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of the EIS epidemiology fellowship and preventive medicine residency at CDC.

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.

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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Family and Youth Summertime Physical Activity during COVID-19 Recording
Recorded 06/01/2020
Recorded 06/01/2020
Family and Youth Summertime Physical Activity during COVID-19 Survey
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