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Experts in Community Health, Physical Activity Added to Movement Makers Summit Agenda

RICHMOND, VA – Movement Makers: The National Active Living Summit announces the addition of experts in urban design, exercise as medicine, community health assessment, and sports event management to the roster of speakers at the summit to be held in Richmond May 17-19.

Judy Robinson, Chair for Design for Active Sacramento (D4AS), will be joining Movement Makers to speak on how D4AS improves public health by shaping the built environment to better support walking, biking, and other healthy activities. Addressing how health care professionals can better collaborate with fitness professionals, Jefferson College of Health Sciences’ Johanna Ferguson will bring her experience as both a fitness studio owner and researcher promoting physician referral and communication to further the mission of ‘Exercise is Medicine.’ Katherine Hebert is a Healthy Community Design Specialist with the Centralina Council of Governments in Charlotte, NC, and will be leading two workshops at Movement Makers. The first will focus on implementing a successful Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for local communities, while in the second she will lead attendees in an actual HIA in downtown Richmond. Clancy Sports Properties and former ESPN and Walt Disney Company Executive Mike Millay will bring his experience in event programming, event management, and sponsorship to the Event Creation Workshop held on Friday, May 19.

“We are thrilled to bring a diverse selection of experts from a range of fields to participate in Movement Makers to strengthen physical activity and community health initiatives,” said Jeff McIntyre, Director of Active RVA for Sports Backers. “By addressing the built environment, better collaboration with health care officials, and how to use needed tools for health assessment, Movement Makers will provide the active living community with the knowledge and resources needed to make physical activity a priority in their local communities. We look forward to these workshops to help make physical activity a part of everyone’s lives.”

Movement Makers: The National Active Living Summit provides individuals and organizations an opportunity to learn how to encourage and support physical activity and community health. Participants will engage in strategies for creating options for physical activity in schools, workplaces, parks, neighborhoods, businesses, and more. Individual health, community health, and economic health will come together at Movement Makers to create more active communities across the nation.

The Movement Makers summit brings together experts and leaders from a variety of fields, including bike/pedestrian infrastructure, health equity, workplace wellness, public health, and obesity prevention. With nationally recognized keynote speakers, including former Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes, special breakout sessions, activity tours, and how-to demonstrations, Movement Makers supports active living practitioners as they learn how to make their communities more active and thus healthier.

Movement Makers takes place in the lead up to Dominion Riverrock. Organized by Venture Richmond and Sports Backers, Dominion Riverrock is the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping. Registration for the summit is available now at