John D. Simmerman, MS is the President and Co-Founder of the Active Towns Initiative: Advocates for Healthy Communities, Inc. John is a health promotion professional, consultant and storyteller with nearly 30 years experience in creating and promoting healthy, active lifestyles through the transformation of physical environments and the implementation of effective programming.
His mission with the Active Towns Initiative is to produce entertaining and educational multimedia content which increases awareness, inspires engagement and provides viable solutions for communities to create a culture of activity.
He is constantly exploring, documenting and profiling established, emerging and aspiring Active Towns through his perpetual Active Towns Tour, which has taken him to over 200 cities across nearly a dozen countries. He’s frequently asked to share his findings from these explorations and examinations, as well as provide professional guidance and consultation on strategies communities can take to support positive behavior change.
A signature Active Towns project, currently under production, is a feature length documentary following the nationwide movement to create safe and inviting all ages and abilities cycling networks. It is tentative titled Making the Big Jump: Towards Cities that Cycle and is expected to be released in the spring of 2021.
Formal Education: University of Michigan ~ Masters of Science – a joint degree program between Kinesiology, Public Health & Business Schools, with an emphasis in disease prevention, health promotion, public health, gerontology, health behavior modification, business marketing and management (MBA program)
University of Southern California ~ Bachelors of Science – Exercise Science (Kinesiology) with an emphasis in human physiology, nutrition, disease prevention, health promotion, public health, gerontology, and health behavior modification.