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HHS Names Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the appointment of 17 nationally recognized experts in physical activity and health to serve on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. 

Over the next two years, the Committee will examine current scientific evidence on the relationship between physical activity and health outcomes and will ultimately submit evidence-based recommendations in a scientific advisory report to the Secretary of HHS. These recommendations will be considered, along with public and federal agency comments, as HHS develops the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

The Advisory Committee’s first meeting will take place on July 14, 8:30 – 11:30 AM and July 15, 8:00 AM – 3:15 PM. The meeting is open to the public in person at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda or via webcast.

The members of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee are:

Abby C. King, PhD, Co-chair
Professor, Health Research & Policy and Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Ken Powell, MD, MPH, Co-chair
Retired, CDC and Georgia Department of Human Resources

David Buchner, MD, MPH, FACSM
Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois

Wayne Campbell, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University

Loretta DiPietro, PhD, MPH, FACSM
Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Kirk I. Erickson, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Charles H. Hillman, PhD
Professor, Departments of Psychology and Health Sciences, Northeastern University

John M. Jakicic, PhD
Professor, Department of Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh
Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, University of Pittsburgh

Kathleen F. Janz, EdD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD
Professor and Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

William E. Kraus, MD, FACSM
Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Duke University

Richard F. Macko, MD
Professor, Neurology, Medicine, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Research Director, Veterans Affairs Maryland, Geriatrics Research, Educational, and Clinical Center

David Marquez, PhD, FACSM
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, Exercise Psychology Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago

Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, FACSM
Research Professor, University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Russell R. Pate, PhD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Chair, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance

Linda S. Pescatello, PhD, FACSM
Distinguished Professor, Department of Kinesiology, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Connecticut School of Medicine

Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, FACSM
President & CEO, Gramercy Research Group

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About the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG or the Guidelines) are an essential resource for health professional and policymakers. Based on the latest science, they provide guidance on how children and adults can improve their health through physical activity. The initial Guidelines were released in 2008.