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Active Living Conference 2024


March 25-28, 2024



801 Pine St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

The Active Living Conference

The Active Living Conference (ALC) began in 2004 and is a venue for both cutting-edge research and for making findings usable by non-scientists. The conference brings together a diverse audience and provides networking and engagement opportunities for active living researchers and practitioners from many fields. Presentations and discussions focus on the importance of creating healthier communities for all people. The 2023 Active Living Conference was held on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. A diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers attended to advance knowledge and action on how to evaluate, create and sustain active living environments. 

The 2024 ALC will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 25-28, 2024 at the Westin Chattanooga. Our various committees are busy planning the events and programs. A Call for Presentations and Opportunities for Sponsorship are now open. Check below for more information. Click here to learn more about the Active Living Conference.

2024 Conference Theme

The 2024 Active Living Conference theme is Play every Day – it’s the Multigenerational Healthy Way! This theme represents a broad approach to the understanding that play, in whatever form, is meaningful, and critical to good health. Creating playful opportunities for people of all ages and abilities is a fundamental component of active living. Building communities that integrate movement into daily routines and facilitate active travel, recreation, inclusion, and sport can make it easier for people to play every day. 

It’s fitting that the conference will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, an emerging active community that seeks to be the first National Park City in the United States – a place, a vision, and a city-wide community that is acting together to make life better for people, places, and nature. A defining feature is the widespread commitment to act so people, culture, and nature work together to provide a better foundation for healthy living. It is long-term, large-scale, hyperlocal, personal, and intergenerational. Consequently, it is an ideal place for us to convene, share best practices and learning, and cascade that knowledge within our respective spheres of impact. 

While we know creating spaces that encourage physically active behaviors is important, evidence shows that there are persistent inequities in access, availability, quality of facilities, and programming. All communities need access to health-promoting spaces and resources to close gaps that disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Play, in its most inclusive definition, is often spontaneous behavior that simultaneously provides mental and physical health benefits to the player in a way that feels like fun, not work. By focusing on play as a catalyst to physical activity in public spaces, we can help prevent disease, promote health, build community capital, and ensure more equitable, inclusive communities. 

The Active Living Conference will highlight research, policies, and practices through a series of panels, presentation sessions, public gathering, idea sharing, and, yes, playful experiences in the field to highlight examples in action. The information shared at the 2024 Active Living Conference will help active living researchers and practitioners from transdisciplinary fields broaden our understanding and address the barriers to improving health outcomes, eliminate disparities, provide accessible public spaces, and make active lifestyles achievable for all.

Call for Late-breaking Poster Proposals 

Regular session proposals are closed, but we we are still taking late-breaking poster presentation proposals related to increasing physical activity for all people. Progress toward creating more equitable activity-friendly communities requires learning across many disciplines and regions, so poster proposals from all fields of research and practice are invited, as are proposals with an international focus. Poster Proposals related to the conference theme – Play every Day, it’s the Multigenerational Healthy Way – are welcomed, but it is not a requirement to address this topic. Presenters will display selected posters during a session devoted exclusively to poster viewing with no competing programming. The poster session will provide an effective mechanism for dissemination and networking. 

Submission Categories 

Late-breaking poster proposals can be submitted under the following categories: 1) Practice/Policy; 2) Research.  The final cut-off for late-breaking posters is Monday, March 18th. Earlier submission is encouraged. 

Poster Proposals Highlighting Practice/Policy 

Practice and Policy Poster Proposals highlighting successful programs, policies, and partnerships from those in practice are welcome. Practice/Policy focused proposals should describe programs, best practices, interventions, case studies, policy or advocacy impacts, or new resources that are related to environmental and policy aspects of active living or obesity prevention (e.g., how innovative ideas and/or evidence-based research was translated into successful adoption or implementation of practice or policy). Efforts that resulted from multi-sector participation, applied innovations, and evaluation are particularly encouraged. 

Poster Proposals for Research 

Research Poster Proposals describing statistical results, intervention efficacy and effectiveness, methodological advances, dissemination and implementation research, and other scientific innovations on all topics related to active living are appropriate. Research-focused proposals should describe research that is related to policy and environmental aspects of active living or obesity prevention. Methodological, correlational, intervention, natural experiment, economic, and policy studies are encouraged. Proposals presenting innovative conceptual papers and reviews will also be considered, including those with a focus on translating active living research into practice and policy. If you do not have complete results to report in your poster, please include a note to reviewers about the timeline for finalizing data analysis. 

You must submit proposals electronically through the online submission system by Monday, March 18th. Earlier submission is encouraged.


Earlybird Standard Delegate – $499

Earlybird Student Delegate – $299

Non-Profit Organizations – $449

Delegate (post February 5th) - $599

Student (post February 5th) - $329

The registration fee includes: 

  • All conference sessions

  • Access to conference materials, including the Whova conference app

  • Networking and poster reception

  • Lunch as scheduled in the conference program

Refund policy:

If you find it necessary to cancel the registration completely, please notify us immediately. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to Amanda Walker  and received by February 13, 2023, in order to receive a refund less a processing fee of $25. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after this date. Substitutions may be made at any time but please advise the conference organizers of a change of name as soon as possible.

2024 program

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Hotel Reservation Information

To ensure you have a comfortable and convenient stay during the conference, we have arranged a special group rate with The Westin Chattanooga

Rate: $164 USD per night plus government taxes and fees (17.25%)
Last Day to Book: Thursday, February 29, 2024. 

To book your stay at The Westin Chattanooga at the special group rate, please follow the instructions below.

Reservation Guide

  1. Click this Reservation Link

  2. Select Your Dates: Choose your check-in and check-out dates within the event duration (March 24 – March 29, 2024).

  3. Complete Your Reservation: Fill in your personal information, payment details, and any specific preferences you might have for your stay.

If you encounter any difficulties or have questions regarding the reservation process or the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to our convening coordinator for assistance. 

Read our last release

The Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living has just released Active Living Special Issue #1 (Vol. 3 No. 1).  Hot off the presses on August 28, 2023, this issue covers research and commentaries from the 2023 Active Living Conference in Bethesda, MD.


We are immensely grateful for our sponsors!
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