Larissa Roux is a primary care sport medicine physician and public health consultant to the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based out of Atlanta, GA. She is board certified in family medicine with combined clinical and research fellowship training in sport medicine from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. She obtained a Masters in Public Health degree in the Clinical Effectiveness stream from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and completed her doctoral dissertation from the University of Calgary, which focused on evaluating the lifelong clinical and economic consequences of obesity in women.
Over the last few years she has led a team to help set national policy regarding physical activity promotion in the US and in Brazil, and she continues to provide expertise to a number of preventive health medicine projects globally in low and middle income countries. Recent research efforts have included designing and implementing a self-sustaining, comprehensive grass roots effort to empower Brazilian school girls from marginalized urban neighborhoods to engage in healthy eating and active living, as well as in assessing the impacts of globalization and urbanization on physical inactivity in Colombia.
Her clinical experience ranges from elite athlete care to varsity team involvement to care of recreational athletes of all levels to those seeking weight loss guidance through lifestyle modification to preventive health check-ups to caring for children with general musculoskeletal or sport-specific training concerns. She has enjoyed working clinically in both public and private settings in Calgary, Atlanta, and now in Vancouver.
Larissa is married to her best friend and is the proud mama of her greatest source of inspiration Sofie Tallula, who has just turned six years old. She enjoys design, social entrepreneurism, and photography. She is a fitness enthusiast, an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle, and is particularly passionate about dance.