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Business and Industry; and Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design Strategies

Part three of the series "Implementing Strategies to Promote Physical Activity," Business and Industry; and Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design Strategies covers the promotion of physical activity based upon case studies included in the book Implementing Physical Activity Strategies. The case studies illustrate high-priority strategies of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP).

After a brief introduction to current activities of the NPAP Alliance, the webinar addresses the following topics: business and industry strategies, presented by Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, section editor, and transportation, land use, and community design strategies, presented by Mark Fenton, MS, section editor.

Business and Industry; and Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design Strategies is the third in a series of free webinars designed to complement the text Implementing Physical Activity Strategies. The first webinar discussed strategies in Mass Media, Health Care, and Public Health, and the second covered Education; Parks, Recreation, Sport; and Non-profit Strategies.


There are no continuing education credits attached to this webinar. For questions, visit

David Buchner, MD, MPH, is a Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan professor in applied health sciences in the department of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2008 to 2013, he directed the master of public health program in his department. He is a board member for the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. From 1999 to 2008, he was chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, Buchner chaired the writing group for the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and participated in numerous public health initiatives to promote physical activity. Buchner's research has focused on physical activity and aging. He has studied the role of physical activity in preventing functional limitations, disability, and falls. His favorite recreational activity is backpacking and hiking with his family.


Mark Fenton, MS, is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the “America's Walking” series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the “Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness.” He was on the development team of the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School training curriculum, and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking; he now provides technical training and community facilitation as an independent consultant to a range of clients, from local health and planning departments to YMCA of the USA and the Centers for Disease Control.


Fenton was a member of the United States national racewalking team from 1986 to 1991, and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) racewalk. He studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center's Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and manager of Reebok's Human Performance Laboratory. Mark has research publications and articles related to exercise science, physical activity promotion, and community level interventions. He's a vocal advocate for non-motorized transportation, a frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans, and recognized authority on public health issues and the need for community, environmental, and public-policy initiatives to encourage more walking, bicycling, and transit use.


Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, is the Vice President for Health Management and Chief Science Officer for HealthPartners, an integrated health system headquartered in Minnesota. Nico is also a Sr. Research Investigator at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. As an Adjunct Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health he conducts research and teaches on the topic of employee health and safety.  His academic affiliations also include being a Visiting Research Professor in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health.

Nico's main job role is to connect evidence of effectiveness with the practical application of programs, services, and policies that measurably improve population health. His research and teaching affiliations allow him to play an active role in connecting practice and research and ensure broad dissemination of learnings.  

Nico is a member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and co-chair of the Annual Report to Congress committee. He is the founding and past-President of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion and the author of the scientific background paper for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan for Business and Industry. He has served on various committees of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academies of Science and is currently a member of the IOM Obesity Solutions Roundtable. Nico serves as the Chair of the Business and Industry sector expert panel for the National Physical Activity Plan and is co-Chair of the Employer-Community Collaboration committee of the Health Enhancement Research Organization. Nico served as on the Defense Health Board (appointed by the White House) and the Clinical Obesity Research Panel at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was awarded a NIH Merit Award for work in energy balance and primary care and the HERO Mark Dundon Research Award in recognition of research that advances the science of employee health management.