Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 30, Supplement 1, pp S1–S15

Connecting Active Living Research and Public Policy: Transdisciplinary Research and Policy Interventions to Increase Physical Activity

  • Joseph M Schilling
  • Billie Giles-Corti
  • James F Sallis
Guest Editors Introduction

DOI: 10.1057/jphp.2008.59

Cite this article as:
Schilling, J., Giles-Corti, B. & Sallis, J. J Public Health Pol (2009) 30: S1. doi:10.1057/jphp.2008.59


National and international organizations recommend creation of environments that support physical activity where people live, work, play, study, and travel. Policy changes can lead to activity-supportive environments and incentives. Research on environmental and policy influences on physical activity is well underway in many countries. An important use of the research is to inform policy debates, but the “translation” of research to policy is an emerging science. The papers in this supplement were presented at the 2008 Active Living Research Conference whose theme was “Connecting Active Living Research to Policy Solutions.” The papers include evaluations of policy initiatives and research that suggests promising new policies. Commentaries propose principles for improving the translation of research to policy. Improving the rigor of research, asking policy-relevant questions, presenting country-specific data, and effectively communicating findings to policy makers are likely to contribute to greater impact of research on policy processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph M Schilling
    • 1
  • Billie Giles-Corti
    • 2
  • James F Sallis
    • 3
  1. 1.Metropolitan Institute at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityAlexandriaUSA
  2. 2.Centre for the Built Environment and Health at the School of Population Health, The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  3. 3.Active Living Research, San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA