The National Walking Movement: Perspectives from Federal Policy Leaders (9:00am-10:30am)

Friday, September 15

Policy leaders at the national and federal level provide important guidance, resources, and information on the growth and development from the walking movement. Hear from those working to promote walking and walkability in US policy on available resources, opportunities to engage, and their thoughts on what to expect.

Moderator: Jill Birnbaum, Vice President of Global Advocacy & Strategic Opportunities, American Heart Association


  • Gary Jensen, Livability Team Leader, Office of Human Environment HEPH-10, Federal Highway Administration
  • Barbara McCann, Director, Office of Policy Development, Strategic Planning and Performance, US Department of Transportation
  • Dr. Ruth Petersen, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor for Aging and Public Health, US EPA, Office of Research and Development