Mark Fenton


  • Host of PBS series America’s Walking
  • Former editor-at-large of WALKING Magazine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Persuasive, entertaining and knowledgeable pedestrian advocate and recognized authority on public health issues.

Mark Fenton is a public health, land use, and transportation consultant who began his work in the field through rigorous study of the science of health and fitness. This includes a bachelor’s thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying the biomechanics of walking and running, followed by research at the US Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, CO working with elite athletes; and as manager of Reebok’s Human Performance Laboratory for several years. This led to almost a decade as editor-at-large of the consumer health and fitness magazine, Walking; a contributing editorship at Health magazine; and the role as host and chief creative consultant on the PBS health and wellness TV series, America’s Walking.

Mark has consulted with schools on student health, fitness, and walk-to-school programs; worksites on employee wellness programs; and community health and well-being initiatives. He is now an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and a Built Environment Expert with Blue Zones LLC. He is unique in his comprehensive knowledge of both individual health and fitness initiatives (he has keynoted the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Summit), and the need for public policy and community designs to support routine physical activity.

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