Enhancing the Built Environment to Increase Physical Activity: Translating CPSTF Recommendations into Practice

l-r: John Anderton, Chris Kochtitzky, David Hopkins, and Shiriki Kumanyika in the recording studio for the Built Environment audio clipSummary: We are affected by the world around us, and evidence shows that combined approaches to enhance the built environment can increase physical activity. Drs. Shiriki Kumanyika and David Hopkins and Mr. Chris Kochtitzky talk with CDC’s Dr. John Anderton about the systematic review evidence and how the CPSTF recommendation for combined built environment approaches can be implemented in communities.

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Shiriki K. Kumanyika PhD, MPH is research professor in the Department of Community Health & Prevention at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She is also professor emerita of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The main themes in her research concern prevention and control of obesity and other diet-related risk factors and chronic diseases, with a particular focus on reducing the prevalence and health burdens of obesity in black communities.

David P. Hopkins MD, MPH serves as The Community Guide’s medical officer while continuing to coordinate and conduct systematic reviews on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Hopkins is board certified in Internal Medicine and has a master’s degree in public health. Read more >>

Chris Kochtitzky is currently a senior advisor in CDC’s Physical Activity and Health Branch, within the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. He has held several CDC leadership roles, including deputy director of the Division of Human Development & Disability and Deputy Associate Director of the National Center for Environmental Health’s (NCEH) Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Legislation. He has also served as coordinating lead for CDC/ATSDR cross-agency work in healthy communities, healthy transportation, and healthy homes.


John P. Anderton, PhD, MPA, is the communications officer for the Office of Public Health Scientific Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to joining CDC in 1991, Dr. Anderton was the Kansas Affiliate program director of the American Diabetes Association and also was a science educator at a planetarium in Wichita, Kansas.

At CDC, Dr. Anderton has planned and launched health campaigns promoting childhood immunization, stomach ulcer treatment, HIV testing, and electronic medical records. Anderton’s PhD is in health promotion and behavior from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree is in public and urban administration from Georgia State University.

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Recorded June, 2018