Ainsworth is a Regents' Professor in the Exercise Science and Health Promotion Program in School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University.She focuses her work on the assessment of physical activity in women and minorities to understand how gender and race influence the cultural context for physical activity assessment.She has served as president of ACSM, the National Academy of Kinesiology, the Southwest Chapter of ACSM, and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.She is a recipient of the ACSM Citation and Honor Awards and the SHAPE America McKenzie Award.Her work has been cited and consulted for hundreds of articles and research studies, but it represents only one part of her 40-plus-year career in education, sports medicine and exercise science research.She has published more than 300 journal articles and has participated in numerous studies that further our knowledge about women's and public health issues.
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The index ranks the nation’s 100 most populous cities on 33 personal health and community fitness indicators, ranging from rates of exercise and diabetes to city assets such as parks and biking infrastructure. Arizona State University professor Barbara Ainsworth, who chairs the American Fitness Index Advisory Board, said the rankings highlight the role of public investment in health-enhancing infrastructure. “The top cities are consistently ranking in the top order because they have better bike trails, more parks that are close to where people can walk to them,” she said.