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Community Physical Activity Initiatives

students at eventThe center is part of many community physical activity initiatives. We love to give back the community while promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance their health, fitness, and quality of life.

  • Open Streets (OS) Evaluation—Eugene Fitzhugh, the center director, coordinated the evaluation for the Knoxville OS initiative designed to promote active transportation. KRSS students will gain valuable experience in learning how to conduct community-based evaluation processes. (2015)
  • Rural PA consultation—The CPAH assisted the ‘Community Coalition for Change (C3): Healthy Living in Tennessee’ initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Disease by providing recommendations for promoting physical activity in rural areas of Tennessee. (2015)
  • Kids can BIKE!—This program began in 2012 by the Knoxville Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity in partnership with the exercise science program at UT. This program consists of children learning the safety and rules of riding a bike, while having fun. (2012–15)
  • Plan ET advisory board—David Bassett and Eugene Fitzhugh served as active transportation consultants for the PlanET health community initiative coordinated by the Metropolitan Planning Organization. (2012–14)
  • “Let’s Move!”—This is a nationwide program developed by former first lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. The center has participated over the past several years by hosting a booth of different physical activities for children to play with. (2011–16)
  • Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coalition—Eugene Fitzhugh is serving as the evaluation consultant for all SRTS activities. (2010–15)
  • East Tennessee Obesity Coalition evaluation assistance—David Bassett, Dawn Coe, and Eugene Fitzhugh have served as technical consultants on evaluation efforts linked to interventions and community-based health promotion efforts across the East Tennessee area. (2009–15)
  • Southeastern Hospital Health and Fitness Alliance spring conference—Eugene Fitzhugh shared with the participants at this conference the profile of leisure time physical activity activities of adults in the United States. (2009)
  • Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization—Eugene Fitzhugh shared the results of a study conducted by himself and David Bassett on how the Bearden Greenway impacted the physical activity of adults and children living near. (2009)
  • Bike Counts for Metropolitan Area—Undergraduate KRSS students have participated in the annual bike and walking count initiative for the Knoxville area, which is coordinated by the Metropolitan Planning Commission. (2007)

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