Current Research

This page describes several ongoing or recently-completed BEACH Lab projects.  Click on the project name to learn more.


A tool for advancing parks and public health research and practice.

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Rural Obesogenic Environments Project

Creating an index to identify obesogenic communities in the United States to make comparisons between urban and rural environments,


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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy as part of the Rural Health Research Grant Cooperative Agreement

eCPAT Project

eCPAT: Using mobile technology to assess the acceptability, feasibility, and efficacy  of the Community Park Audit Tool with youth

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South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute

Evaluation of the Spartanburg Healthy Schools Initiative

Creating healthier school environments to prevent and reduce youth obesity in Spartanburg County, SC.

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Healthy Neighborhoods Project

Association of neighborhood physical and social environments with residents’ physical activity behaviors and overall health

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Parks & Environmental Justice Project

Examining the relationship between distribution and quality of parks, demographics, and childhood obesity

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Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project

Youth advocacy for policy, systems, and environmental change for healthy eating and active living

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Park Hop Evaluation Project

Evaluation of an inter-agency collaboration to promote park visitation and physical activity among youth in Greenville County, SC

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