In this episode, John connects with
Dr. Jennifer Roberts, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Kinesiology,
School of Public Health

They discuss her journey to studying activity and the built environment, her recent promotion and its significance, and her research activities

Show Notes:

Public health is and has been top of mind ever since the global coronavirus pandemic took hold, but there’s a side to the study of public health that might not be as salient in our thoughts and that is the impact that our built environment has on our health, wellbeing, and specifically in encouraging and promoting healthy, active living.

Dr. Roberts didn’t specifically set out to be an academic and researcher in this arena, but we are grateful that she found her way to this work, which includes serving as the Director of the Public Health Outcomes and Effects of the Built Environment (PHOEBE) Laboratory, leading the Purple Line Light Rail Impact on Neighborhood, Health and Transit (PLIGHT) Studyand heading up the NatureRX@UMD initiative on the campus of the University of Maryland.

Additional Helpful Links:

University of Maryland – School of Public Health

Professor Robert’s website and Twitter account

Richard Louv – Nature Deficit Disorder

ParkRX – Robert Zarr, MD, MPH

Campus NatureRX

NatureRX at Cornell

UC Davis Peer Program – NatureRXhttps://healthy.ucdavis.edu/healthy-campus-resources

Red Lining and Lack of Tree Canopy – NYT article

Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.

Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021

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Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman