Jim Sallis Receives 2018 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award

I am delighted to share with you that Jim Sallis, PhD, today received the 2018 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. Jim received this prestigious recognition for building an interdisciplinary field of active living research, identifying solutions to the global problem of physical inactivity and translating research findings from the built environment into action.

Jim's primary research interests are promoting physical activity and providing evidence to guide policy and environmental strategies to improve physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition, and obesity, with an emphasis on youth. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities and companies.

Lawrence Green, DrPH, ScD (Hon), chair of the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, noted that Jim has devoted his career to the study of physical activity and his research has led to more healthful environments and more active lifestyles.

Today’s ceremony and lecture took place at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in Columbus, OH. The Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award recognizes a health educator who has made a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development or program delivery. Award recipients receive a $25,000 prize.

The CDC Foundation is honored to partner with the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, which established and funds the Fries Prize for Improving Health and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education awards. The CDC Foundation manages and administers the Fries Foundation’s public health award programs.


Diana Robelotto is the director of alumni affairs for the CDC Foundation.