past event

Innovation Summit

The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, American College of Sports Medicine, Global Obesity Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins, and Laureus Foundation USA hosted the Innovation Summit: Moving American Health Across the Spectrum of Physical Activity. This invitation-only conference convened leaders from sport, physical activity, health, science, and technology across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. An academic journal article identifying next steps in elevating the most promising initiatives and developments in the space is forthcoming.

The day included speaker presentations, ideation workgroups, and a fireside chat with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy. Other featured speakers included Sports & Society Program executive director Tom Farrey and program associate Risa Isard, Justin Kaufenberg of SportsEngine, Dr. Brian Hainline of the NCAA, Woody Scal of Fitbit, Tom Cove of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, and Edwin Moses, Missy Franklin, Bob Lujano and Benita Fitzgerald Mosley of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

WATCH: A Fireside Chat with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

More video is available here. Revisit the conversation via hashtag #SportHealthInnovate.

Additional information is available in the program.


9am: To Optimally Use and Build on the Compelling Science*

•    Bruce Lee: A Systems Approach to Improving Physical Activity and Health
•    Risa Isard: Building Sport for All, Play for Life Communities
•    Russ Pate: Putting the New in the New U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines
•    Loretta Di Pietro: Building on the Progress Report from The Lancet
•    Jim Whitehead, moderator

10am: To Design the Next Phase of the Walking Movement

•    Janet Fulton: Measuring the Remarkable: Progress Since the Call to Action
•    Jack Groppel: Snapshot of Sector Commitments and Advances
•    Shavon Arline-Bradley: Continuing the Legacy of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action
•    Kathy Smith: A Collective Voice for Walking: The Every Body Walk Collaborative
•    David Sabgir: Walking Toward Innovation
•    Tim Moran, moderator

11:30am: To Find Inspiration in Group Innovation*

•    Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley: Introduction
•    Bob Lujano: Inspiring Inclusion through the Paralympic Movement

12:45pm: To Score with Sports for American Society: A Strategic Panel Discussion

•    Alison Field: Health Benefits of Playing Sports and Being Active
•    Brian Hainline: Game Planning Sports for Health
•    Edwin Moses and Missy Franklin: Providing the Athlete’s View
•    Colleen Doyle, Improving Equity Related to Physical Activity
•    Melicia Whitt-Glover: Bringing Health and Equity into Sports
•    Walt Thompson, moderator

2:00pm: To Amplify the Role of Industry and Technology for Scale: Compelling Ideas and Proposals*

•    Justin Kaufenberg: DrivingSports Participation, Don’t Quit Your Day Job
•    Woody Scal: Empowering Behavior Change Through Technology
•    Tom Cove: Engaging and Collaborating with the Power of Industry
•    Tom Farrey, moderator

3:30pm: Fireside Chat: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, moderated by Woody Scal*

Contact Risa Isard with questions:

Event information
Wed Oct 5, 2016
9:00am - 4:30pm GMT+0000
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Washington, DC