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Connection, Healing, and Physical Activity: How organic communities forming around physical activity can cultivate sustainable participation among African American women

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Date(s) - 03.19.18
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

1655 School of Public Health


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Dr. Affuso investigates the development, structure, and function of grassroots groups to increase physical activity among African American women (GirlTrek, Black Girls Run, etc.). Her work takes a special interest in the role of outdoor physical activity in reducing stress and boosting mood within this population. In this talk, she will present research about sustained physical activity participation among a national sample of African American women.

Dr. Olivia Affuso is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and an Associate Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Exercise Medicine. Her research focuses on the prevention of obesity and chronic disease through physical activity, body composition methods development, and the design of obesity randomized controlled trials. She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Program, and several UAB center grants. Her current research projects include the development of a novel method for measuring body composition, several meta-analytic studies for use in the development of effective childhood obesity interventions, and design issues in obesity randomized trials. She has also conducted several community-based pediatric obesity intervention trials.

Dr. Affuso obtained her PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Miami.

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