Where in the World are Jim and Thom?

by SPARK


For those of you new to SPARK — or perhaps just a bio or two shy of a full SPARK deck — Drs. Jim Sallis and Thom McKenzie are SPARK’s Founding Fathers – kind of like our Washington and Jefferson.

They developed, submitted, and won the original NIH grant that launched the very first research study – called Project SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids).  Jim thought up the acronym BTW.  Fortunately for all of us on the SPARK team, Thom and Jim are very involved today and help us “share our SPARK” around the globe.

In addition to lifelong SPARKing, they also have other professional interests including:  Changing environments (schools and communities) so they foster healthy living, advocating for quality PE and PA programs, and encouraging the development and implementation of policies that support public health goals.  In fact, they’re so busy it’s hard to keep up with them — but let’s try:

Jim, where ya been and watcha been doin’ ?

February 2012

  • Miami to consult on built environment research.  Gave talks at the medical school and school of architecture.
  • Healthy Parks Healthy People research meeting at Clemson U.  This is a big priority for the director of the national park service and a possible opportunity for training in PA promotion.
  • CAHPERD meeting in Pasadena. I was pleased to give a keynote and participate in a symposium with Thom, Monica Lounsbery and Paul Rosengard – facilitated by Nicole Smith of SDSU.  Great opportunity to promote evidence-based PE.

March

  • Spoke at obesity conference at U of Arizona. Discussed environment and policy changes to promote PA.
  • Active Living Research conference – we hosted.  Theme was reducing disparities in active living environments and policies. About 325 people attended from 30+ disciplines attended this highly active (walk the talk) conference.

April

  • Consulted with Mississippi Department of Health — my home state.  They are working hard and smart to improve health there, including many good things in schools.
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans.  I completed my term on their Board of Directors.

May

June

  • ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) in San Francisco. I am Vice President and on program committee.
  • RWJF childhood obesity program meeting in Princeton. We’ll all be planning how to make even bigger impacts on children.
  • Aruba for course on physical activity and public health, workshop on PA for preventing childhood obesity, and a Caribbean-wide conference on the same theme.  I will meet with the group in the health department working to implement SPARK.  It will be a busy trip.
  • BEAT (Built Environment Assessment Training) Institute in Boston. I will get to spend some quality time with Thom there.

In the Future

  • September:  PA and Public Health course in Park City, UT.
  • November:  International Conference on Physical Activity and Public Health in Sydney, Australia.

Media appearances

  • Quoted in “Is KCK’s superintendent faster than a fifth-grader?” By Dawn Bormann.  Kansas City Star.  April 6, 2012.
  • Coverage of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine special issue on GIS, featuring the Neighborhood Impact on Kids findings about childhood obesity.
  • Featured in video, “Denver: Walkable City” made by Kaiser-Permanente’s “Every Body Walk” campaign. http://www.everybodywalk.org Youtube link to video: HERE.
  • Featured in “Does Your Neighborhood Make You Fat?” By Tom Fudge. KPBS-FM.  April 6, 2012.
Thom, where ya been and watcha been doin’?

January 2012

  • Lounsbery, M. A. & McKenzie, T. L. (2012, January 5). Physical activity promotion in kinesiology: A critical need in the 21th century. In Flourishing in a Contemporary Culture, 2012 NAKPEKE Conference, San Diego.  Individually, we spoke about the need to change PE
  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, January 25). Observing park environments in Nevada (OPEN): Study Rationale and Background. In M. Lounbery, Forum on Physical Activity and Sedentary Living: Park and Trail Usage in Southern Nevada. Las Vegas, NV. This was our presentation to the mayor and other government officials in Las Vegas and Clark County about our yearlong study on park use in Vegas

February

  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, February 25). Activity Matters: Systematic Observations during School PE and Leisure Time. CAHPERD Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA.
  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, February 24). Adoption of Evidence-Based Physical Education: Barriers and Strategies. In Changing the Status of Physical Education: Why Evidence Matters! CAHPERD Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA.

March

  • Carlson, J. P., McKenzie, T. L., Corder, K., Lee, N., Sallis, J. F., & Elder, J. P. (2012, March 12). Are schools providing sufficient opportunities for physical activity? Objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time in- and out-of-school in children aged 7-10. Annual Conference, Active Living Research, San Diego.
  • McKenzie, T. L. & Lounsbury, M. (2012, March 12). Systematic observation of physical activity and its contexts. Annual Conference, Active Living Research, San Diego. (workshop)
  • Cohen, D., Lapham, S., Everson, K., Ward, P, Hillier, Williamson, S., Golinelli, D., Marsh, T., & McKenzie, T. L. (2012, March 13). Neighborhood poverty levels and park use in four US cities. Annual Conference, Active Living Research, San Diego. (poster)
  • Lounsbery, M. A., McKenzie, T. L., Morrow, J., & Holt, K. (2012, March 14). School physical activity policy assessment. Annual Conference, Active Living Research, San Diego.
  • Cohen, D., Bing, H., DeRose, K., Williamson, S, Marsh, T., & McKenzie, T. L (2012, March 14). Effects of poverty on park use in Southern California. Annual Conference, Active Living Research, San Diego. (oral)

Did a web forum:

Invited presentations at the American Education Education Association in Vancouver:

  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, April 12). My environment still makes me do it. In Reflections of past SIG scholars on our research heritage and suggestions for the future. SIG-Invisible College Meeting, American Educational Research Conference, Vancouver, Canada. (invited)
  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, April 13). Twenty-seven years of school-based research using other people’s money. In Beyond Just Knowing: Translational Research Matters. SIG-Invisible College Meeting, American Educational Research Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

May

  • Received Lifetime Achievement Award, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). (Washington, DC, May 1, 2012)

Invited presentation in Germany, followed by an 8 day tour:

  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, May 10). Evidence-based outcomes of obesity intervention studies in the USA: A critical review. Revitalizing Health and Physical Education through Local Community Networking, Global Forum on Physical Education Pedagogy, Velen, Germany. (Keynote)
  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, May). Systematic Observation of Physical Activity and Its Contexts in Park and Recreation Settings. In Physical Activity and Eating: You can see a lot just by observing. ISBNPA, Austin, TX, May 23-26. (Workshop)

Upcoming ACSM Meeting San Francisco

  • Mejia, E., Marshall, S., Medina. E., Duesterhaus, M., Parada, H., Ayala, G. X., Elder, J., Arredondo, E., McKenzie, T. L., & Ji, M. (2012). Transadaptation of the Academia Da Cidade Program (ACP) for use in the United Status: ACADEMIA FIT. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco. Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise, 44, (5, Supplement), S368.
  • Duesterhaus, M. P., McKenzie, T. L., & Marshall, S. J. (2012). Validity of a direct observation measure for assessing group exercise classes. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco. Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise, 44, (5, Supplement), S368.
  • Lounsbery, M. A. F., McKenzie, T. L., Funk, B., & Holt, K. (2012, June 1). Park use and physical activity in Southern Nevada. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco. Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise, 44, (5, Supplement), S368.

June

  • Presenter, at BEAT Institute (Built Environment Assessment training) Boston, June 24-29.
  • Visiting Randi’s (wife) parents in Cleveland for their 90th birthday

July

  • Visiting New Brunswick, Canada for my high school reunion

October and Beyond:

  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, October, accepted). In Advocacy for Physical Education policy development: Calling all PETE faculty. NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (van der Mars, Lounsbery, Kanters, Beighle)
  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, October, accepted). In Preparing teachers for a Health-Optimizing Physical Education CSAP NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (Metzler, van der Mars, Williams)
  • McKenzie, T. L. & Smith, N. (2012, October, accepted). SOFIT: Twenty-two years and still counting. NASPE National Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (oral, 50 minutes)
  • McKenzie, T. L. (2012, October 5). Preparing teachers for today’s world: The return of Forrest Plump. NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (keynote)
  • Cohen, D. A., & McKenzie, T. L. (2012, October 18 accepted). Benchmarking Park Success: Using the SOPARC App to Measure Effectiveness. 2012 NRPA Congress and Exposition, Anaheim, CA.
  • McKenzie, T. L., Moody, J, Lee, &, Carlson, J. (2012, October). Neighborhood Income Matters: Disparities in Recreation Facilities, Amenities, and Programs. Leisure Research Symposium, NRPA Congress and Exposition, Anaheim, CA
  • I am doing research on various projects through SDSU, including Co-Investigator. Imperial County Childhood Obesity Project (ICCOP) –An Ecological Approach to Addressing the Issues. RFA–DP-11-007 Affordable Care Act (ACA): Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration study. CDC (9/29/11-9/28/15; Ayala, PI). Additionally, I am working with RAND on projects studying park use in five states, UNLV studying PE and recess policies and park use; innovations in youth hockey with investigators from North Carolina