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Andrew T. Kaczynski, PhD, University of South Carolina, USA

Andrew Kaczynski

Andrew Kaczynski, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, a co-investigator with the CDC-funded 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. He is originally from Canada and holds degrees in parks and recreation management and applied health sciences from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on environmental and policy influences on youth and adult physical activity, obesity, and chronic disease prevention, with a particular emphasis on the role of parks in promoting active living. Andy has published and presented widely to both academic and professional audiences on issues related to the built environment, parks, and public health and his research has been supported by diverse organizations at the federal, state, and local level (including Active Living Research). He is principal or co-principal investigator of the ongoing Kansas City Parks and Physical Activity Project, Greenville Healthy Neighborhoods Project, South Carolina Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project, and the Spartanburg Healthy Schools Initiative.

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