Epidemiology Seminar Zoom Meeting with Eugene C. Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
April 17, 2020
10:00 am-11:00 am
Abstract:The built environment in which a person interacts with can either promote or hinder their physical activity. A person’s decision to be active or sedentary can be linked to the design features of a community (e.g., mixed-land use), transportation system factors (e.g., street connectivity, multi-modal infrastructure) and streetscape features (e.g., safe street crossings). With the advent of new technologies, public health surveillance at the state and local-levels can now measure features of the built environment that in turn provide new insights into physical activity behavior. This talk will highlight opportunities for metropolitan health departments to enhance the surveillance of physical activity with GIS-related metrics that can be generated by adding one question in the Behavior Risk Factor Survey. Also, the talk will provide a case study that utilized a variety of assessments to measure physical activity in a city-park system.
Bio: Dr. Fitzhugh, a physical activity epidemiologist, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to this, he served as chief chronic disease epidemiologist with the Knox County Health Department, a metropolitan health department in Knoxville, TN. His primary area of research centers on the dose-response relationship of physical activity to chronic diseases across the lifespan. He largely conducts secondary data analysis on datasets from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work has contributed to publications focusing on hypertension, obesity, diabetes, major depressive disorder, and the metabolic syndrome. A secondary research focus is in the area of how the built environment can promote or hinder physical activity. Dr. Fitzhugh is currently working on two projects, one with the CDC High Obesity Prevention (HOP) project in a rural Tennessee county and one with studying physical activity in parks across the City of Knoxville.
Zoom https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/5679045347 Meeting ID: 567 904 5347 . It is a one time series event, free and open to the public. This is not a co-sponsored event.