Save the Date! 2021 Active Living Conference goes virtual
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Active Living Research and GP RED are pleased to announce an exciting new alliance to co-host and coordinate the Active Living Conference. Our or ...

Active Living Research and GP RED are pleased to announce an exciting new alliance to co-host and coordinate the Active Living Conference. Our organizations share the vision of creating a community-driven, sustainable event for sharing the latest research, policies, and practices that advance activity-friendly communities for everyone.

The Active Living Conference

The Active Living Conference began in 2004. From the beginning, it offered a venue for both cutting-edge research and for making findings usable by non-scientists. The conference brings together a diverse audience and provides networking and engagement opportunities for active living researchers and practitioners from many fields. Each year, presentations and discussions focus on the importance of creating healthier communities for all people. The 2021 Active Living Conference will take place April 6 – 9.  This virtual learning and engagement event will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to advance knowledge and action on how to evaluate, create and sustain active living environments.

2021 Theme: Now More than Ever – Active Living for All

The 2021 Active Living Conference theme urges us to embrace active living to help overcome adversity in our lives. The past year has brought about new and more complicated challenges than ever. Among others, challenges include public health policies, compounding health inequities, racial and political division, and pandemic fatigue. Active living and active design can play important roles in treating and preventing stressors. Yet active living generally has been absent from public dialogue. Evidence-based active design principles have been ignored.

This year’s ALC conference theme challenges us to highlight the positive effects that an active lifestyle and active design can bring. Topics that address the theme could include:

  • how to provide active living opportunities to everyone, with special emphasis on the disenfranchised and underserved
  • innovative mechanisms to promote active living during a pandemic
  • how active living can facilitate community cohesion
  • active living interventions to address long-term effects of COVID-19
  • evidence to build more disease-resilient communities

We will release the Call for Abstracts shortly. As always, it will include both a research category and a practice/policy category. Two tracks ensures the program includes presentations and lessons learned from organizations and advocates that implement evidence-based active living policies and strategies in communities across the globe. We will post the conference agenda to the conference website soon.


GP RED (RED) is the sponsoring fiscal agent for the conference. A non-profit organization founded in 2008. RED strives to recognize and expand research, education, and resource development activities for community “quality of life” agencies. RED’s work supports and provides opportunities for health, recreation and land management agencies to work collaboratively and proactively to identify and fill gaps in knowledge and practical resources. For instance, collaborators include associations and universities.

We want to thank Elsevier for the support they provided over the past four years. This collaboration enabled the continuation of this valuable conference.

Looking ahead

Please look for another announcement from us soon and check the conference website for the most up-to-date information: PAPREN will promote the conference on its Events page.

We look forward to seeing you at ALC!

Gina Besenyi, MPH, PhD, Kansas State University
Nicholas Boér, PhD, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

GP RED Coordinating Team
Amanda Walker, MSRS, Research and Education Manager
Teresa Penbrooke, PhD, CPRE, Director, Healthy Communities Research Group

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