Walter R. Thompson (USA)

Walter ThompsonDr. Walter Thompson - Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Walt Thompson is a tenured Regents’ Professor of Kinesiology and Health (College of Education) with a second academic appointment in the Department of Nutrition (Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions) and the School of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. Thompson has published over 125 research-based articles on many different topics and has received over $20 million in funding for his various initiatives. He has authored or has edited 14 books. Because of his personal interest in at-risk kids living in the inner city, he serves as the Executive Director of the After-School All-Stars Atlanta, a comprehensive after school initiative for middle school aged children now in 23 sites with an average daily attendance of 3,000. Children participating in his program are typically those living in poverty. The program meets after school during the school year and for five weeks during the summer. In 2006 Dr. Thompson received the prestigious Georgia State University College of Education Faculty Service Award. That same year his program was selected by the Georgia State University President to receive the “Most Outstanding University Program” award. In 2008, the After-School All-Stars was selected to receive the “Regional Excellence Award” by the Atlanta Civic League and it is the recipient of the 2008 Atlanta Partners for Education A+ Summa Cum Laude Award. In 2009, his program received the celebrated Hosea Williams Award for Community Activism. In 2012, Dr. Thompson received the Georgia State University Exceptional Service Award. Dr. Thompson has been a member of the IPC Sports Science Committee for more than a decade.

"Exercise is Medicine": Implications for Population Behaviour Change

"Exercise is Medicine" has become a global health initiative. Yet while the integration of physical activity promotion in healthcare settings can have a powerful impact on some segments of the population, for other segments, the medicalization of exercise can create barriers to participation. Drawing on exercise behaviour change theory and research, this presentation will address opportunities and challenges created by the "Exercise is Medicine" movement, with regard to increasing physical activity among both able-bodied and disabled populations.