Our goal is to support and share research that can promote daily physical activity for children and families across the United States. We place special emphasis on research related to children of color and lower-income children who are at highest risk for obesity.
Active Living Research (ALR) provides credible and action-oriented research results that address the root causes of childhood obesity and physical inactivity. With a focus on communities, active transportation, schools, and parks and recreation, ALR works with advocates, practitioners, policy-makers and other organizations interested in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and promoting active living.
Active Living Research is administered by the University of California, San Diego and led by a trans-disciplinary program team with background in the fields of public health, planning, transportation and parks and recreation.
Between 2001 and 2013, Active Living Research was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). During that time, we focused on awarding research grants to build the evidence base on policy and environmental changes that could encourage more physical activity. ALR continues to receive funding from RWJF, but now works primarily to ensure that solid evidence informs practices and policies.
In 2007, we began an annual survey of our grantees designed to measure the impact that our program is having on science, policy, and practice. Highlights of the cumulative results from the 2007 - 2012 grantee surveys are available here.
In 2011, the Public Health Institute conducted an evaluation of the Active Living Research program to document program processes and accomplishments, and to gather and analyze the needs and preferences of ALR's constituents. Highlights from the evaluation report are available in the 2011 Program Evaluation Executive Summary.