Communities across the nation are implementing projects that improve people’s ability be more physically active in their neighborhoods. This webinar will share lessons learned from different communities that increased opportunities for both children and adults to walk, bike, exercise and play through policy and environmental changes. The webinar will also provide evidence on how having access to parks, open space, trails, and other venues for physical activity is related to better health. Representatives from two different communities will share their stories, including successes in underserved neighborhoods to improve safety, aesthetics, and access to places to be active.


Brian Saelens, PhD

Health Psychologist, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle, WA

Brian E. Saelens, PhD, is a health psychologist and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. He was previously assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He…

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Jeannie Jurado

Community Services Supervisor

City of Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA

Jeannie Jurado is a Community Service Supervisor for Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency for the City of Santa Ana. Jeannie is responsible for one of six wards in the City of Santa Ana, which maintains it’s own parks, recreation centers, senior centers, bike trails, and programs. Jeannie provides strategic…

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Rachel Pickering

Associate Director of Community Engagement

Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency

Rochester, New York

Rachel Pickering directs the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency’s Healthy Kids Initiative, a broad-based grassroots coalition of citizens taking action to prevent childhood obesity and overweight in Rochester, NY. For the past 4 years, Ms. Pickering has engaged and organized the community to advocate for improvements to the City School…

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Deborah Lou, PhD

Program Analyst, Active Living Research

A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

University of California, San Diego

Debbie Lou is the program analyst with Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Debbie engages advocacy, policy, and community groups to develop opportunities for research translation and dissemination, especially to ensure the research meets the needs of communities at highest risk for childhood obesity.…

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