The study of the development, dissemination, and implementation of behavioral physical activity, nutrition, and weight management policies, practices, and programs.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of all Virginians through the discovery and study of practical and sustainable approaches to help people eat better, be more active, and maintain a healthy weight.
Our core value is producing a public health impact through "physical activity, nutrition, and weight management interventions process: a systems approach" that gets the right people in the right places involved at the right time to create effective and practical policies, programs, and environmental changes that reach a large number of people.
Our work is directed towards achieving outcomes utilizing the RE-AIM framework, which is designed to enhance the quality, speed, and public health impact of efforts to translate research into practice in five steps:
HNFE 2664: Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
HNFE 5604: Principles of Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity
HNFE 5984: Research Methods for Behavioral Medicine
HNFE 5984: Dissemination & Implementation Science in Behavioral Medicine
HNFE 5984: Group Dynamics in Health Promotion
HNFE 5984: Research Methods: Clinical and Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity
2012: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Distinguished Service Award
2011: NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research Study Section Sub-Chair
2010: Centers for Scientific Review Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes Study Section Member
2009: Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award Health Education & Behavior
2009: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Fellow
2007: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Distinguished Service Award
1999, PhD, Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario
1996, MSc, Kinesiology, University of Calgary
1993, BPE, Physical Education, University of Calgary