Physical Activity Evaluation Summaries
Park Hop: This study will assess the effectiveness of the Park Hop campaign in increasing park usage, park discovery, and physical activity within parks, as well as overall satisfaction and enjoyment of the Park Hop program. The Park Hop program included 19 parks and recreation venues across Greenville County during summer 2014. Observations of park use and physical activity will occur in 2 Park Hop parks and 2 matched control parks not included in the program. Study participants will include children and families completing the Park Hop Scavenger Hunt using either the Park Hop paper passport or the Park Hop mobile scavenger hunt app. Click to view the evaluation summary Park-Hop: valuation of an inter-agency collaboration to promote park visitation and physical activity among youth in Greenville County, SC
Parks & Environmental Justice: The purpose of the study is to examine if the availability, features, and quality of parks in Greenville County, SC are equitably distributed across demographic indicators (e.g., income, race, education) and to examine the relationship between park availability, features, and quality and childhood obesity levels. Click to view the evaluation summary Parks, Environmental Justice, and Childhood Obesity in Greenville, SC
Physical Activity Evaluation Team
Andrew Kaczynski, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, a co-investigator with the CDC Prevention Research Center, and Director of the Built Environment and Community Health (BEACH) Laboratory (www.beachlab.sc.edu) within the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. His research interests focus on environmental and policy influences on physical activity, obesity, and health, with a particular emphasis on the role of parks in promoting active living among children and adults. Andy has published and presented widely to both academic and professional audiences on issues related to the built environment and public health and he is co-principal investigator of the ongoing Kansas City Parks and Physical Activity Project, the South Carolina Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project, and the Greenville Healthy Communities Project.
Morgan Hughey, MPH is a second-year doctoral student in the Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior department in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She received a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include examining the effects of the built environment on physical activity levels and health of community members as well as examining the disparities that exist within these settings.
Melissa Fair, MPH joined LiveWell Grenville in March of 2013 and now serves as the For Fun Workgroup Specialist. She received her Bachelor’s of Exercise Science from Furman University and her Master’s of Public Health from USC Arnold School of Public Health. Fair now uses her knowledge of health promotion to develop fun physical activity and recreation opportunities for Greenville County residents. Melissa is a first year doctoral student at the USC Arnold School of Public Health, where is involved in research with the Built Environment and Community Health (BEACH) Lab.
Gina Besenyi, MPH is a 4th year doctoral student in the Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Department in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on how built environment attributes and community design promote active living and how their availability, accessibility, and design influence physical activity behavior, especially among youth. As well, she is interested in how innovative technology can be utilized within this public health research agenda.
For Fun Presentations and Publications
2014 South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association Conference: “Park Hop: Inter-agency collaboration to promote park visitation and physical activity among youth in Greenville County, SC” Click here to view the presentation
2014 Active Living Research Conference: “Park Hop: An inter-agency collaboration to promote park visitation and physical activity in Greenville, SC” that highlights collaboration with the LiveWell Greenville evaluation team for the For Fun Group and the BEACH Lab. Click to view the Active Living Research 2014 Park Hop Poster