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Amanda Grimes PROF, ASOC

    Research Description
    As a health sciences scholar, my research focuses on active transportation and the health and social influences associated with physical activity across demographic groups. My research has included collaborative efforts to implement and evaluate projects that engage diverse populations including minority and low-income populations, children, families, college students, older adults, and homeless populations, using a multiplicity of methods and research designs. I often use consumer fitness watches in my research to objectively measure physical activity. My team was recently awarded an EPA grant to study the impacts of the zero-fare bus in KC on physical activity, health, and other health related economic factors. I am currently the Co-PI of a HHS grant through the Office of Minority Health and the Office of Women’s Health. This community-based participatory research examines urban middle school youth’s physical activity and nutritional preferences to inform an after-school intervention to increase physical activity and increase vegetable consumption. Dr. Grimes serves on the board of BikeWalkKC since 2013 and often collaborates on research projects with them. Additionally, Dr. Grimes has served on the Women Bike KC committee, which is dedicated to increasing women’s ridership and decreasing the disparities between female and other demographics. In this role, Dr. Grimes assisted in the planning of the Women’s Bike Summit, designed to address issues shared by women bicyclists and to encourage and mobilize women to participate in their communities as riders and leaders.

    Afflicated Department(s)

    Nursing - General  

    First-generation college graduate

    Region of Interest
    North America  Africa  

    Country of Interest
    South Africa  United States  

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