Public parks and recreation amenities play an important role in facilitating physical activity especially in low income communities, according to Dr. Myron Floyd, a professor in NC State's Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management (PRTM) department and a lead investigator of Investigating Places for Active Recreation in Communities (IPARC) .
Dr. Floyd recently shared his research on the role of parks and recreation amenities in facilitating physical activity especially in low-income communities, the influence of race and ethnicity on leisure activity preferences, and environmental justice in relation to public parks when he received a Distinguished Researcher Travel Award from the University of South Australia. The award allowed him to travel to Australia to exchange active living, physical activity, and sustainable communities ideas with colleagues at UniSA and Deakin University. He also presented a paper at the International Symposium on Healthy People, Healthy Parks in Melbourne.
Dr. Floyd is the second international researcher to visit UniSA in 2010 as part of that university’s new Distinguished Researcher Award. UniSA is bringing five distinguished researchers to campus under the new program to boost research collaborations and outcomes.