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Bloomberg Manulife Award for the Promotion of Active Health

I visited Canada the week of January 21, 2013, during their coldest weather in eight years, and I was thrilled to be there. I accepted the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the collective work accomplished by an amazing group of colleagues, collaborators, students, and funders over the past 30 years. This is the largest prize in the physical activity field, and it recognizes not only excellence in research, but also the use of research to promote active lifestyles. This is the second year of the prize, administered by McGill University. The prize was given at a public event in Toronto attended by Lawrence Bloomberg and the CEO of the Manulife Insurance Company. Mr. Bloomberg is a dedicated exerciser and marathoner who wants to recognize people who contribute to the physical activity field. The inaugural winner was my good friend, Steve Blair. It is certainly fitting that an insurance company would co-sponsor this prize.
Bloomberg Manulife

Mr. Bloomberg is committed to using the prize to create a higher profile for physical activity in the media. I think this goal was accomplished because I was featured in a full-page newspaper ad, interviewed by 3 newspapers, 2 TV stations, and a radio station. I provided a voice-over for a 30-second commercial that will be played for one month on a national TV network and at a major movie theatre chain. I participated in public forums in Toronto and Montreal, and I presented to staff from multiple agencies organized by the Department of Public Health in Toronto.

Bloomberg Manulife

During my moment in the public eye in Canada, I tried to emphasize the importance of creating more activity-friendly environments. There was a lot of receptivity to this message, because it is a current issue. The mayor of Toronto has removed bicycle paths from a major street, though  in Montreal a $150 million fund for more bicycle and pedestrian facilities was announced. I met a group which is trying to preserve open space in Montreal as a public park instead of having it developed. Throughout my visit I was very aware of how many people over the years have contributed to the body of work that is changing perceptions, and hopefully behavior and policy, about activity-promoting environments around the world. The $50,000 prize will be used to advance our research.

Bloomberg Manulife

Some media coverage of the event:

Ad in the Globe and Mail on 1/21/13


CTV Canada AM (broadcast TV and online), January 21: “Canada AM: Where you live and your health”


Montreal Gazette (print and online), January 21: HOW FIT IS YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?

Byline: Jill Barker


Globe and Mail (print and online), January 22:“The City State: How Urban Design Affects Our Health”

Byline: Ivan Semeniuk, Science Reporter


CTV Montreal (broadcast and online), January 25: CITIES ARE MAKING US FAT


CBC Radio — All in a Weekend Montreal, January 27




2012 Professional Activities

Member, Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. August 2012 — July 2015.

Program Committee Member. Southwest AAHPERD 2013 Conference. 2012-2013.

Planning Committee, presenter. Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute, 5th annual. Co-sponsored by Harvard School of Public Health. Boston, MA. June 24-29, 2012.

National External Scientific Panel. National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. 2012-2015. Link

Leadership Team member. Community Transformation Grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. 2012-2015.

Member, Health Disparities Steering Committee, American Psychological Association. 2012-2014.

International Program Committee. 8th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods. Rome, Italy. May 14-17, 2012.

Reviewer for US Department of Health and Human Services Report: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-course Report: Strategies to increase physical activity among youth. November 2012.

Reviewer of a conference proposal for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum. October 2012.

Reviewer and consultant for Designed to Move. Nike, Inc. Released September 2012.

Reviewer of Rapid Response Grants for the Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity. September 2012.

Reviewer for Institute of Medicine report, Community-Based Prevention: A Framework for Valuing. Commiittee on Valuing Community-Based Non-Clinical Prevention Policies and Wellness Strategies. July 2012.

Selected media coverage from 2012

Print Media

Transportation laws can affect health. Op-ed in San Diego Union-Tribune. p.B7. February 18, 2012.

Quoted in “Is KCK’s superintendent faster than a fifth-grader?” By Dawn Bormann. Kansas City Star. April 6, 2012.

Coverage of this paper:
Sallis, J.F., McKenzie, T.L., Beets, M.W., Beighle, A., Erwin, H., and Lee, S. (2012). Physical education’s role in public health: Steps forward and backward over 20 years and HOPE for the future. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83(2), 125-135. Press release

Active Living Research Blog, Posted 7/24/12

Fitter kids, better grades? By Kathleen Doheny. WebMD. Also picked up by The Western Star and The Atlanta-Constitution.

Quoted in “Ten-Minute Walks A Stretch For Most Americans,” By Annie Hauser. Huffington Post. December 4, 2012.

Electronic Media

Featured in video, “Denver: Walkable City” made by Kaiser-Permanente’s “Every Body Walk” campaign.

Featured in “Does Your Neighborhood Make You Fat?” By Tom Fudge. KPBS-FM. April 6, 2012.

Interviewed with Lawrence Frank on Fox 5 TV morning news program about Neighborhood Impact on Kids results published in American Journal of Prevention Medicine. San Diego, CA. May 4, 2012

Publications from 2012

James F. Sallis, Ph.D.
2012 Publications
Through December 28, 2012

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Intille, S.S., Lester, J., Sallis, J.F., and Duncan, G. (2012). New horizons in sensor development. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(1, supplement), S24-S31.

Ding, D., Bracy, N.L., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Norman, G.J., Harris, S.K., Durant, N., Rosenberg, D., and Kerr, J. (2012). Is fear of strangers related to physical activity among youth? American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(3), 189-195.

Carlson, J.A., Sallis, J.F., Ramirez, E.R., Patrick, K., and Norman, G.J. (2012). Physical activity and dietary behavior change in internet-based weight loss interventions: Comparing two multiple-behavior change indices. Preventive Medicine, 54(1), 50-54. Published online December 2011. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.10.018

Carlson, J.A., Sallis, J.F., Conway, T.L., Saelens, B.E., Frank, L.D., Kerr, J., Cain, K., and King, A.C. (2012). Interactions between psychosocial and built environment factors in explaining older adults’ physical activity. Preventive Medicine, 54(1), 68-73. doi: 10/1016/j.ypmed.2011.10.004

Sallis, J.F., Floyd, M.F., Rodriguez, D.A., and Saelens, B.E. (2012). The role of built environments in physical activity, obesity, and CVD. Circulation, 125, 729-737.

Green, L.W., Brancati, F.L., Albright, A., and the Primary Prevention of Diabetes Working Group. (2012). Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes: Integrative public health primary care opportunities, challenges, and strategies. Family Practice, 29, i13-i23. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmr126. Link

Saelens, B.E., Sallis, J.F., Frank, L.D., Cain, K.L., Conway, T.L., Chapman, J.E., Slymen, D.J., and Kerr, J. (2012). Neighborhood environmental and psychosocial correlates of adults’ physical activity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(4), 637-646. Epub ahead of print September 16, 2011. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318237fe18

Oyeyemi, A.L., Adegoke, B.O., Oyeyemi, A.Y., Deforche, B., De Bourdeadhuij, I., and Sallis, J.F. (2012). Environmental factors associated with overweight among adults in Nigeria. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 32. Link

Van Dyck, D., Cerin, E., Conway, T.L., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Owen, N., Kerr, J., Cardon, G., Frank, L.D., Saelens, B.E., and Sallis, J.F. (2012). Associations between perceived neighborhood environmental attributes and adults’ sedentary behavior: Findings from the USA, Australia, and Belgium. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 1375-1384.

Carlson, J.A., Crespo, N.C., Sallis, J.F., Patterson, R.E., and Elder, J.E. (2012). Dietary-related and physical activity-related predictors of obesity in children: A 2-year prospective study. Childhood Obesity, 8(2), 110-115.

Frank, L.D., Saelens, B.E., Chapman, J., Sallis, J.F., Kerr, J., Glanz, K., Couch, S.C., Learnihan, V., Zhou, C., Colburn, T., and Cain, K. (2012). Objective assessment of obesogenic environments in youth: Geographic information system methods and spatial findings from the Neighborhood Impact on Kids (NIK) Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48(5), e47-e55. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.02.006. Epub on April 10, 2012.  Link

Saelens, B.E., Sallis, J.F., Frank, L.D., Couch, S.C., Zhou, C., Colburn, T., Cain, K.L., Chapman, J., and Glanz, K. (2012). Obesogenic neighborhood environments, child and parent obesity: The Neighborhood Impact on Kids (NIK) Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48(5), e57-e64. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.02.008. Epub on April 10, 2012. Link

Oyeyemi, A.L., Adegoke, B.O., Sallis, J.F., Oyeyemi, A.Y., and De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2012). Perceived crime and traffic safety is related to physical activity among adults in Nigeria. BMC Public Health, 12, 294. Published online April 21, 2012. Link

Kerr, J., Frank, L.D., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Glanz, K., and Chapman, J. (2012). Predictors of trips to food destinations. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 58. Published online May 20, 2012. Link

Adams, M.A., Sallis, J.F., Conway, T., Frank, L.D., Saelens, B.E., Kerr, J., Cain, K.L., and King, A.C. (2012). Neighborhood environment profiles for physical activity among older adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(6), 757-769. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.6.4

Sallis, J.F., McKenzie, T.L., Beets, M.W., Beighle, A., Erwin, H., and Lee, S. (2012). Physical education’s role in public health: Steps forward and backward over 20 years and HOPE for the future. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83(2), 125-135. Press release

Van Dyck, D., Cerin, E., Conway, T.L., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Owen, N., Kerr, J., Cardon, G., Frank, L.D., Saelens, B.E., and Sallis, J.F. (2012). Perceived neighborhood environmental attributes associated with adults’ transport-related walking and cycling: Findings from the USA, Australia, and Belgium. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 70. Posted online June 12, 2012. Link

Rosenberg, D.E., Kerr, J., Sallis, J.F., Norman, G.J., Calfas, K., and Patrick, K. (2012). Promoting walking among older adults living in retirement communities. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20, 379-394.

Crespo, N.C., Elder, J.P., Ayala, G.X., Slymen, D.J., Campbell, N.R., Sallis, J.F., McKenzie, T.L., Baquero, B., and Arredondo, E. (2012). Results of a multi-level intervention to prevent and control childhood obesity among Latino children: The Aventuras Para Niños study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 84-100. January 4, 2012 [Epub ahead of print]. DOI 10.1007/s12160-011-9332-7

Hekler, E.B., Buman, M.P., Haskell, W.L., Conway, T.L., Cain, K.L., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Frank, L.D., Kerr, J., and King, A.C. (2012). Validity of CHAMPS sedentary to vigorous physical activity in older adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 225-236.

Khan, K.M., Thompson, A.M., Blair, S.N., Sallis, J.F., Powell, K., Bull, F., and Bauman, A.E. (2012). Sport and exercise: Important contributor to the health of nations? The Lancet, 380, 59-64.

Bauman, A.E., Reis, R.S., Sallis, J.F., Wells, J.C., Loos, R.J.F., and Martin, B.W. on behalf of the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group. (2012). Correlates of physical activity: Why are some people physically active and others not? The Lancet, 380, 31-44. Link

Shapiro, J., Koro, T., Doran, N., Thompson, S., Sallis, J.F., Calfas, K., and Patrick, K. (2012). Text4Diet: A randomized controlled study using text messaging for weight loss behaviors. Preventive Medicine. Published online September 20, 2012: Link

Evenson, K.R., Sallis, J.F., Handy, S.L., Bell, R., and Brennan, L.K. (2012). Evaluation of physical projects and policies from the Active Living by Design Partnerships. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43(5S4), S309-S319.

Kerr, J., Sallis, J.F., Bromby, E., and Glanz, K. (2012). Assessing reliability and validity of the GroPromo audit tool for evaluation of grocery store marketing and promotional environments. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44, 597-603.

Kozo, J., Sallis, J.F., Conway, T.L., Kerr, J., Cain, K., Saelens, B.E., Frank, L.D., and Owen, N. (2012). Sedentary behaviors of adults in relation to neighborhood walkability and income. Health Psychology, 31(6), 704-713. Online First Publication, April 30, 2012. doi: 10.1037/a0027874

Van Dyck, D., Cerin, E., Conway, T.L., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Owen, N., Kerr, J., Cardon, G., Frank, L.D., Saelens, B.E., and Sallis, J.F. (2013). Perceived neighborhood environmental attributes associated with adults’ leisure-time physical activity: Findings from Belgium, Australia, and the USA. Health and Place, 19, 59-68.

Carlson, J.A., Sallis, J.F., Wagner, N., Calfas, K.J., Groesz, L.M., and Norman, G.J. (2012). Brief physical activity-related psychosocial measures: Reliability and construct validity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 1178-1186.

Corder, K., Crespo, N.C., van Sluijs, E.M.F., Shadron, L.M., Moody, J.S., Sallis, J.F., and Elder, J.P. (2012). Predictors of change in sports participation in Latino and non-Latino children. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46, 684-688. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2011-090105. BJSM Online First, published on September 7, 2011.

De Meester, F., Van Dyck, D., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Deforche, B., Sallis, J.F., and Cardon, G. (2012). Active living neighborhoods: Is neighborhood walkability a key element for Belgian adolescents? BMC Public Health, 12:7. Link

Moy, K., Sallis, J.F., Trinidad, D.R., Ice, C.L., and McEligot, A.J. (2012). Health behaviors of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults in California. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24(6), 961 – 969. doi:10.1177/1010539511408068
Nicaise, V., Kahan, D., Reuben, K., and Sallis, J.F. (2012). Evaluation of a redesigned outdoor space on preschool children’s physical activity during recess. Pediatric Exercise Science, 24(4), 507-518.

Kerr, J., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Cain, K., Conway, T.L., Frank, L.D., and King, A.C. (2012).  Outdoor physical activity and self-rated health in older adults living in two regions of the U.S.  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:89. Available online July 30, 2012. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-89. Link 

Non Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mendoza, J.A., Salmon, J., and Sallis, J.F. (2012). Partnerships for progress in active living: From research to action. Health & Place, 18(1), 1-4. Link

My presentation on measuring physical activity-related policies and environments was summarized in detail: Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. (2012). Measuring progress in childhood obesity: Workshop report. National Academies Press: Washington, DC. Chapter 2, Physical activity and the built environment, pages 5-20.

Sallis, J.F. (2012). A proportional public health response to physical inactivity. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(5), 399-401. (Invited commentary) Link

Sallis, J.F., and Green, L.W. (2012). Active Living by Design and its evaluation: Contributions to science. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43(5S4), S410-S412. (Invited commentary) Link

Sallis, J.F. (2012). Big issues in preventive medicine. Preventive Medicine, 55, 531-532. (Invited commentary). Posted online July 17, 2012. Link

Candelaria, J.I., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Frank, L.D., Conway, T.L., Slymen, D.J., Cain, K.L., and Chapman, J.E.  (accepted).  Physical activity of adults in households with and without children.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Looking forward to 2013

My 2013 is opening with a bang. On January 21, I will be awarded the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. As far as I can tell this is the world’s most significant award in the physical activity field, and I am tremendously honored to have been selected. I am further honored to follow my good friend Steve Blair, who was inaugural recipient. www.mcgill.ca/bloomberg-manulife

Late 2012 recap

The last months of 2012 were filled with activities that helped move forward my main agendas of researching solutions to physical inactivity and chronic diseases and getting the research used in policy and practice.

I attended the International Conference on Physical Activity and Public Health in Sydney, Australia in early November.  It was wonderful meeting with so many colleagues. I was involved in the meeting through roles as a presenter, discussant, and supporter of others.

In Sydney we had productive meetings of the Council on Physical activity and the Environment (CEPA).  Leadership was turned over to Takemi Sugiyama and Jacqueline Kerr. There are opportunities to join workgroups, so see the CEPA website for more information.

Also in Sydney we had excellent meetings of IPEN (International Physical activity and Environment Network) investigators. IPEN Adult investigators met for 1.5 days to make progress on papers using data from 12 countries. This was the first meeting of IPEN Adolescent investigators, and it was inspiring to see such a great collaborative spirit from people from 14 countries. www.ipenproject.org


IPEN Adult team
IPEN Adolescent team

On my way home from Sydney I met with colleagues in Taiwan to support them in developing IPEN projects. Jin Jong Chen is leading efforts to conduct a project with seniors, and Ling Ling Lee is pursuing a study of adolescents.


At a community health screening for older adults, with Jin Jong Chen, students, and volunteers.

This fall I benefitted from attending two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation meetings. In late October I enjoyed a conference celebrating 40 years of RWJF’s remarkable accomplishments. In mid-November I learned about the RJWF Childhood Obesity Team’s major new partnership with the American Heart Association during a meeting in Dallas. I not only participated in a workshop on communicating research to practitioners and policy makers, but I helped lead a “gangnam style” activity break.

In Phoenix, I participated in two meetings related to Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) for Physical Activity, sponsored by Arizona State University and the American College of Sports Medicine. There is significant funding for CER, and it is essential that physical activity is well represented in this research program. I encourage US investigators to look for ways to become involved in CER and submit proposals to PCORI.

The first week of December was very special to me. In 1990 I met my first Czech friend, just as they were emerging from decades of Soviet domination. Josef Hrebicek introduced me to his colleagues at Palacky University in Olomouc. I have worked with them as their research evolved from a focus on elite sports performance to public health promotion. I have had many opportunities to visit their beautiful city, several Czechs have visited San Diego, and Karel Fromel and Josef Mitas are now leading IPEN studies in the Czech Republic. I was honored to receive an honorary doctoral degree from the Faculty of Physical Culture on December 5.


The University Rektor (President) presents me with a medal.


Everyone was watching carefully during my short talk. The rest of the proceedings were in Czech and Latin, which I did not understand.


My longtime colleagues at Palacky: Jiri (George) Novosad, Hana Valkova, and Karel Fromel. See the bust of King Leopold in the background, who was crowned in that very room many years previously.

I am a member of the Steering Committee on Health Disparities for the American Psychological Association. I was pleased to be at the meeting on tobacco health disparities in Washington DC on December 10 and 11, at which I learned a great deal.

Though I have pointed to evidence that physical inactivity is too low a priority at the National Institutes of Health (such as, not being listed among 360 funding areas), NIH certainly has supported most of the  amazing progress in physical activity research that has occurred in the past few decades. Thus, I was enthusiastic about participating in the workshop on Identifying Research Priorities on Physical Activity and Disease Prevention that was held on the NIH campus on December 13 and 14. This is the beginning of a process that will hopefully lead to higher priority for physical activity across multiple Institutes as well as specific funding commitments.

My NIH connection continued in a most unusual way, with a trip to Kuwait to provide advice on developing an obesity research agenda in that country. The health toll of obesity and diabetes makes it appropriate that the NIH effort is led by the National Institute on Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases.

kuwait_1New colleagues at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. 


Thanks, Kuwait, for showing your vibrant personality.