“Obesity Warrior” James Sallis, Ph.D., Speaks February 6 at the Miller School
James F. Sallis, Ph.D., the Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, who is so respected for his work in obesity that Time magazine dubbed him the “obesity warrior,” will share scientific and practical expertise with UM faculty and staff at a noon seminar on February 6.
The one-hour seminar, “Building Active Communities: Research to Advance Policy and Practice,” is being presented by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series. It will be held in the first-floor auditorium of the Miller School’s Clinical Research Building.
Sallis is one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences with over 500 scientific publications. His primary research interests are understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity and nutrition, and the promotion of physical activity. While it has been established that transportation, city planning, parks and recreation, education, and architecture all influence physical activity, researchers in this field have been emphasizing that our “modern” policies and the built environment have had the unintended effect of reducing our daily physical activity levels.
Sallis is also director of Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program contributes to the prevention of childhood obesity in low-income and high-risk racial and ethnic communities by supporting research to examine how environments and policies influence active living for children and their families.
This seminar will review what we can do to reverse the tide of inactivity by promoting healthier, more active communities and providing examples of how research is being used to stimulate and guide changes in policy and practice.