Active Living Conference 2020

February 2 – 5, 2020 | Orlando, FL, USA

Innovation and Imagination in Active Living

The premier multi-disciplinary conference for sharing the latest research, policies, and practices that advance activity-friendly communities for everyone.

The Active Living Conference is the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross-sector exchange among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers on how to study, create and sustain active living environments. The conference agenda will have two focus areas: 1) research (building the evidence), and 2) practice/policy (using evidence).

The goal of these focus areas is to encourage a broad audience to attend the conference and provide opportunities for exchange on how to generate and use evidence to increase physical activity in diverse settings. Research and practice/policy presentations will be integrated and organized by topic area.

Florida and the Orlando area are known for scientific innovation, creativity and entertainment that make it a major destination for visitors from around the world. Because it will be held at what many call “the most magical place on earth,” the conference will focus on stretching the boundaries of our imagination in informing and creating policies and environments that promote active living.

The 2020 Active Living Conference theme, Innovation and Imagination in Active Living, challenges us to be creative and to consider unique research approaches, partnerships and innovative strategies that promote fun and healthy opportunities for active living. Topics might include innovation by design, creative use of big data, health and nature, creative active play, interactive art, sport and health, technology, innovation in measurement, novel approaches in research translation and dissemination, and effective ”non-traditional” partnerships. These and other creative and “magical” topics would fit the theme of this conference.


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  • Deborah Salvo, Washington University St. Louis
  • John Spengler, Texas A&M University

Chair Emeritus
  • Jim Sallis, Active Living Research

Program Committee
  • Arlie Adkins, University of Arizona
  • Gina Besenyi, Kansas State University
  • Charlene Burgeson, Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Mark Faries, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Jayne Greenberg, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Andrew Kaczynski, University of South Carolina
  • Deb Kellstedt, Texas A&M University Southwest Rural Health Research Center
  • Lilian Perez, National Institutes of Health
  • Julian Reed, Furman University
  • Kevin Roth, National Recreation and Park Association
  • Bianca Shulaker, Trust for Public Land
  • Selina Stasi, Texas A&M University
  • Renée Umstattd Meyer, Baylor University
  • Amanda Walker, Active Living Research, USA
  • Laurie Whitsel, American Heart Association
  • Jocelyn Widmer, Texas A&M University

Local Partners
  • Ori Baber, Smart City Coordinator at City of Gainesville
  • Fitz Koehler, Fitzness International LLC
  • Mike Millay, 3D Institute
  • Maria Nardi, Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
  • Ruth Steiner, University of Florida
  • Samuel Towne, University of Central Florida
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Organized by
  • ALR
  • Elsevier