Reis Hosts Lancet Project Meeting on Climate Change, Physical Activity, and Planetary Health

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Professor Rodrigo Reis (center) in discussions with public health scholars during a writing retreat held on WashU’s campus from January 31 – February 2, 2023.

Rodrigo Reis, professor of public health and interim co-dean of the Brown School recently led a three-day writing retreat for public health scholars as part of The Lancet series on physical activity and public health.

The group met at the Brown School for three days to design methods and develop the next steps on a research project to explore connections between physical activity, climate change adaptation, and mitigation through a planetary health lens. This initial meeting was sponsored and organized by the People, Health & Place Unit directed by Reis who is located with the Prevention Research Center.

Participants from universities across the globe attended. They included Professor Erica Hinckson (Auckland University of Technology), Associate Professor Melody Ding (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Tarik Benmarhnia (University of California San Diego), Professor Pedro Hallal (University of Illinois at Champaign), Assistant Professor of Practice Ellis Ballard (Brown School), and also Ana Favarao (Fulbright Scholar from Brazil). 

The team will be presenting the initial findings of the project in October 2023 in New Zealand during The Lancet scientific review meeting.