Annual Conference 2019

Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 Active Living Conference was held February 17-20, 2019 at the Francis Marion Hotel in the heart of historic Charleston in South Carolina, USA.

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The conference brings together active living researchers and champions from over 30 disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The event is the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross-sector exchange between scientists, practitioners and policy makers on how to create and sustain active living environments.


The 2019 conference theme addressed the 'Intended and Unintended Outcomes of Building Active and Healthy Communities'. Examples of such outcomes included challenges, solutions, and lessons learned related to gentrification, pollution mitigation, shifting rural landscapes, economic development, sun exposure, injury prevention, health equity, social inclusion, and community engagement and empowerment.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts were invited for presentations and workshops on the conference theme as well as other advancements in research and practice on active living. For submission guidelines visit the Call for Abstracts page.

Executive Program Committee

Andrew Kaczynski, University of South Carolina, USA
Renée Umstattd Meyer, Baylor University, USA

Chair Emeritus
James F. Sallis, Active Living Research, USA

Community and Health Equity
Jenny Mindell, University College London, UK
Lilian Perez, National Institutes of Health, USA
Anna Joo Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Parks and Recreation
Gina Besenyi, Kansas State University, USA
Bianca Shulaker, Trust for Public Land, USA

Practice and Policy
Kevin Roth, National Recreation and Park Association, USA
Kelly Kavanaugh, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, USA

Public Health
Gavin McCormack, University of Calgary, Canada
Olivia Affuso, University of Alabama Birmingham, USA

Schools and After School
Charlene Burgeson, Partnership for a Healthier America, USA
Louise Mâsse, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Transportation and Land Use Planning
Arlie Adkins, The University of Arizona, USA
Noreen McDonald, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Committee Organization
Amanda Walker, Active Living Research, USA


A day-by-day agenda is available below.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 to Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Charleston, SC