Bellarmine exercise science professor receives national walkable communities fellowship

May 2, 2019

Dr. Thomas Wójcicki discusses physical inactivity in Kentucky at TEDx BellarmineU 2019.
Dr. Thomas Wójcicki, an assistant professor of exercise science in Bellarmine University's School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded a 2019 Walking College Fellowship by America Walks, a national advocacy organization that empowers communities to create safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and move.
Thomas Wójcicki
The fellowship will enable Wójcicki and other advocates from around the country to participate in a five-month training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable and livable. The training program is followed by an independent study project in Louisville. 
“It’s an honor to have been selected as a fellow to this year’s class of the Walking College,” Wójcicki said. “The promotion of physical activity across the lifespan lies at the intersection of my teaching, scholarship, and service. Participation in this program will provide me with the necessary knowledge and appropriate resources to develop greater community support for the walking movement – especially as it relates to the livelihood and subsequent well-being of our neighborhoods.” 
The Walking College is designed to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Topics include the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, communication skills and building relationships with stakeholders and decision makers. At the conclusion of the Walking College, Wójcicki and other fellows will develop an action plan for implementation.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wójcicki as a member of the Walking College," said Emilie Bahr, Walking College manager with America Walks. "This year’s application process was extremely competitive and rich with unique professionals, and Thomas will make a fitting addition to our 2019 class. We look forward to developing his skills and are excited to see him grow his knowledge, share his experiences, and prepare plans to expand his work for bolstering walkability at home.”
Last fall, Wójcicki's community wellness class developed a website to help pedestrians safely navigate major intersections along Bardstown Road in Louisville's Highlands neighborhood. He spoke about physical inactivity in Kentucky at TEDx BellarmineU in March.

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