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Physical Activity as a Potent Tool for Prevention and Treatment

Chris Kullstroem

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (ADT)

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Almost daily, we hear news of the damaging effects of our culture of expediency and convenience on our health; our sedentary lifestyles contribute to problems such as chronic disease and compromised mental health. Although it is clear that being physically active is a good thing, it is much easier to talk about than it is to do—it can be even harder to help someone else become physically active. In this day-long workshop, we will learn how to make sense of information related to physical activity and health, as well as explore strategies that have been shown to be effective in helping others address a myriad of issues.  Dr. Joseph Ciccolo will begin with an overview of the relevance of physical activity across health domains and across the lifespan. Next, Dr. Lucas Carr will discuss ways to build physical activity into one’s daily life, for example, how to utilize an ‘exercise prescription’ at the worksite. Dr. Elissa Jelalian will then share about strategies for helping adolescent girls address obesity through an interdisciplinary care model. Following this, Mr. Kyle Davis will lead participants through motivational interviewing and behavioral activation strategies that can be used with clients for problem-solving around increased physical activity. The moderator, Dr. Aleta Meyer, will then conclude the day with an interactive discussion of effective application of this knowledge in early childhood settings.  


Kyle Davis, MA is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Davis is currently completing a predoctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego where he works with Veterans at the VA San Diego Medical Center. Mr. Davis's research interests broadly involve the prevention and treatment of mood disorders through health behavior change. Mr. Davis is specifically interested in the promotion of physical activity in clinical settings, health outcomes associated with increased physical activity, and the relationship between physical activity and mood.

Elissa Jelalian is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a child psychologist with clinical appointments at both the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center and the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center. Her research program focuses on development and implementation of weight control interventions for children and adolescents, as well as evaluation of strategies to promote healthier nutrition and physical activity for children with chronic health conditions. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1999 and has had an impact on the study of behavioral weight control interventions for adolescents. Her particular expertise is in the use of physical activity interventions to promote weight control as well as emotional well-being. Dr. Jelalian serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Health Psychology, and the Journal of Family Psychology, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board for Wellspring Academies.

Dr. Joseph Ciccolo has degrees in exercise physiology and exercise psychology, with additional training in behavioral medicine. His broad research interest is physical activity promotion, with a specific focus on how participation in physical activity can be used to achieve other important public health goals. Dr. Ciccolo's research examines the effects of adding exercise into treatment plans for addiction, mental health disorders and other chronic disease states. His approach is multidisciplinary and collaborative, with an overall goal of elucidating ways in which exercise, specifically resistance training, can be used as a tool for enhancing physical and mental health.


Aleta L. Meyer, Ph.D., is a senior social science research analyst at the Administration for Children and Families, in the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, in the Division of Family Strengthening. Her areas of responsibility include evaluation of home visiting in American Indian/Alaska Native communities, youth development, prevention, and foster care. From 2007-2010, she was a health scientist administrator in the Prevention Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Prior to joining NIDA, she was an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her doctoral work in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. The focus of her research has been to translate theory and empirical research across multiple health outcomes into effective and feasible prevention programs.


Have questions about Physical Activity as a Potent Tool for Prevention and Treatment? Contact Chris Kullstroem

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The Hilton Garden Inn
85 Glastonbury Blvd
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (ADT)

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