Fireside Chat at RT Lodge

Fireside Chats at RT Lodge


Maryville College and RT Lodge has partnered to launch a “Fireside Chats” program featuring Maryville College faculty research. Come join us, grab a glass of wine, and hear new research from a Maryville College faculty member around the fire. 

RT Lodge

Postponed to Monday, March 30th from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm


Featured Speaker:

Dr. Jennifer Oody
“Nurturing through Nature: The role of the outdoors for health”


Join Dr. Oody in a discussion about the life-changing effects of physical activity and the outdoors and the relationship between the two. She will share her experience with the Exercise is Medicine program and Fit.Green.Happy™ initiative at Maryville College.

About Dr. Oody:
Dr. Jennifer Oody completed her undergraduate degree at Saginaw Valley State University and then attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she earned her M.S. in Exercise Physiology and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. Following graduation, she accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group, housed within the Dept. of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She joined Maryville College in 2016.

Although the human body tops her list of favorite things, her passion has always been, the great outdoors. Growing up in rural Northeast Michigan, she spent most of her time outdoors which has fostered a love for nature, outdoor activities, and conservation. She has been instrumental in establishing the Fit.Green.Happy™ initiative at Maryville College that combines her research interests in the relationship between physical activity, outdoor time, and health in children and adults. Further, she is interested in strategies and programs that provide children with opportunities to spend more time outdoors, either through sport or free play and becoming stewards and advocates for the environment. She serves on the regional and national level of the American College of Sports Medicine and the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine, the East Tennessee Childhood Obesity Coalition and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the American Forest Kindergarten Association.

 Contact Maryville College Partnerships with any questions about the event or initiatives at Maryville College.