The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan: Coordinating Committee

Katie Clarke Adamson
Katie Clarke Adamson is Director of Health Partnerships and Policy for YMCA of the USA. Katie advises Government Relations and Policy Staff for YMCA of the USA regarding legislation and advocacy in the health field at the state and federal level. Katie serves on several boards, advisory committees and coalitions including: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids Healthy Communities, the Campaign to End Obesity and the Partnership for Play Every Day.

Steven Blair
Blair holds dual appointments in Department of Exercise Science and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Blair has done extensive research using the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) which examines the effect of diet, physical activity, fitness and other lifestyle factors on mortality. Blair is one of the most highly cited investigators in exercise science, recording nearly 20,000 total citations of his work. Blair is also past President of the American College of Sports Medicine.

David Buchner
David Buchner joined the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and the University of Illinois in 2008. From 1999 to 2008, he held the position of Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his M.D. from the University of Kansas. He received his general internal medicine training at the University of Indiana in Indianapolis, where he was chief resident. He then was selected to be a fellow in The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington, where he received his M.P.H. degree and training in geriatric medicine. He has published extensively in the areas of physical activity in older adults and the role of physical activity in preventing fall injuries.

Amy Callender

National Athletic Trainers’ Association
Amy Callender is the Federal Legislative Manager for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She has a broad range of government relations and lobbying experience, and particular knowledge of legislative issues related to health care policy, manufacturing, grassroots initiatives and advocacy training.

Sheri Colberg-Ochs


Representing American Diabetes Association
Sheri Colberg, PhD, is an exercise physiologist and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as an adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She conducts extensive clinical research in diabetes, aging, exercise, and more. Dr. Colberg has authored eight books and has published over 175 research and educational articles on physical activity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, nutrition, disease prevention, successful aging, weight loss, and other health-related topics. She is currently heading up the revision of a position stand on “Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes” jointly for the American College of Sports Medicine and the ADA.

Lisa L. Culver
Dr. Culver is Associate Director in the Department of Practice at the American Physical Therapy Association where she assists in association policy development and advocacy to members, other policy makers and the public. Much of Dr. Culver’s activities over the past years revolve around promoting the value of physical activity and the role of physical therapy in addressing its benefits with patients and clients of all acuity levels and across all settings. She has presented on the topic at numerous APTA conferences and to external groups including a CDC conference on diabetes and obesity. She is also the staff contact for Healthy People 2020; HHS Physical Activity Guidelines: and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports among others.

Carmen Cutter
Representing Active Living Research

Carmen Cutter is the Deputy Director for Active Living Research. Carmen brings over 18 years of experience coordinating health and development programs at the community level, both nationally and internationally. Carmen holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Colleen Doyle
Colleen Doyle is a registered dietitian who has worked in the health promotion field for more than 20 years. As the director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, she has been instrumental in developing strategies to increase awareness of the importance of diet and exercise for chronic disease prevention and management and to create changes in schools, worksites and communities that can help improve healthy lifestyles. Colleen has extensive media and public speaking experience and has appeared on national broadcasts. She is frequently quoted in nationwide publications and magazines She has also made numerous presentations at both scientific and consumer meetings. Colleen has a bachelor’s of science degree in nutrition from Miami University and a master’s of science degree in human nutrition, with a minor in exercise science, from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and its Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition and Oncology Nutrition practice groups, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine.

Jacqueline Epping
Jacqueline (Jackie) Epping holds the position of Lead Public Health Scientist and Team Leader for the Guidelines and Recommendations Team of the Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has focused on both older adults and children as populations in which to promote physical activity, and has had a lead role in the development of resources and provision of physical activity guidance and technical assistance to a variety of activities, programs, and initiatives at national and state levels.

Barry Franklin
Representing the American Heart Association

Barry Franklin is the program director of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, a position he has held since 1985. He is also professor of physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine (1999-2000), and the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. One of the most prolific writers and respected health/fitness professionals in the field, Dr. Franklin has authored or co-authored over 300 scholastic papers, abstracts, chapters, and books.

Sheila Franklin
Sheila Franklin is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.  In her role with NCPPA, Sheila often speaks on physical activity policy before a variety of groups and is a frequent visitor to capitol hill advocating Congress for initiatives that will help to increase Americans’ physical activity.  Prior to joining NCPPA in 2003, she served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association for 11 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Recreation and Parks Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations from Michigan State University.  Sheila worked in parks and recreation for the Wheaton Park District in Wheaton, IL for 8 years prior to returning to school to pursue her Master’s degree.  She received numerous awards for creative programming throughout her tenure there.

Matthew Grady
Representing the American Academy of Pediatrics

Matthew is a Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He received his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed is internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia respectively.

Kelly Griffin
Kelly Griffin is Portfolio Director for Healthy Behaviors and Prevention in the AARP Office of Social Impact. She develops AARP’s strategic direction and ensures that its vast and diverse resources are focused, coordinated and highly effective in achieving the Association’s goals for healthy behaviors and prevention. She develops and drives the execution of multiyear and annual operating plans across the AARP enterprise.

William Haskell
With a highly decorated career that spans 320 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 years, Haskell currently serves as Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Among many other honors, Haskell has been distinguished with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Science Honor Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Jean Knaack
Road Runners Club of America
Jean Knaack is the Executive Director of the Road Runners Club of America where she has served in the role sine 2005. Through her work with the RRCA, Jean is a fitness advocate promoting running as healthy exercise and a competitive sport on a national scale. She is the managing editor for Club Running magazine, the RRCA membership magazine published by Running Network LLC that has a household circulation of over 150,000. In 2007, she re-drafted the popular RRCA kids running program materials and rebranded it as the Kids Run the Nation program, a grassroots movement designed to get school aged children moving and adopting running as a healthy lifestyle activity.

Amelia Lee
Representing the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Amelia Lee is a former professor in and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. She was President of the Research Consortium for the 1998 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) convention. She has served as editor of Quest, and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Most recently, Dr. Lee received the 2004 AAHPERD Alliance Scholar Award.

Bess Marcus
Bess Marcus is Professor of Community Health and Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and Director of the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Marcus is a clinical health psychologist who has spent the last 20 years conducting research on physical activity behavior and has published over 150 papers and book chapters as well as three books on this topic. Dr. Marcus has participated in American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health panels that have created new recommendations regarding the quantity and intensity of physical activity necessary for health benefits.

Russell Pate
Pate currently serves University of South Carolina in three different capacities: Associate Vice President for Health Sciences in the Office of Research and Health Sciences, Professor in the Department of Exercise Science, and Director of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group in the Arnold School of Public Health. Pate served as President of the American College of Sports Medicine form 1999-2000 and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Science Honor Award presented by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Michael Pratt
Dr. Pratt is Chief, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, United States Public Health Service. Dr. Pratt coordinates physical activity research and health promotion programs within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He completed his medical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a Master of Science in exercise physiology, is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Pratt’s research interests include prevention of cardiovascular disease, physical activity epidemiology, physical activity counseling by health professionals, and environmental and policy approaches to increasing participation in physical activity. He has published numerous articles and spoken widely on the health aspects of physical activity.

Alan Russell
Alan Russell, MS, ATC, PES, CES, NASM CPT, is the director of Academic and Government Affairs for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Since joining NASM in 2000, Russell continues to offer much insight into an ever-evolving industry. Currently he coordinates the integration of NASM’s credentialing programs into all points of the education continuum and is active in supporting initiatives which promote physical activity worldwide. Russell successfully contributed to NASM becoming the first for-profit organization to receive accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Russell continues to positively affect NASM’s ongoing physical activity and industry regulatory initiatives by providing direct oversight to NASM executive leadership.

Jim Sallis
Representing Active Living Research

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and Director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity and nutrition. He is the author of over 400 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and was identified as one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. He served on the editorial committee for the 1996 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, Physical Activity and Health. Dr. Sallis is co-author (with Neville Owen) of Physical Activity and Behavioral Medicine (Sage, 1999). In 2004, Time Magazine identified him as an “obesity warrior.”

Jim Whitehead
Jim Whitehead has served as executive vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 1990. A tireless advocate for physical activity and exercise, he has helped develop and lead many initiatives and organizations such as the Female Athlete Triad Coalition, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science, and the National Association for Health and Fitness. Mr. Whitehead is a frequent speaker, panelist and consultant with particular strengths in strategic planning and policy advocacy. At ACSM, he heads a professional staff serving more than 20,000 members dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

Toni Yancey
Toni Yancey is currently a professor in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, with primary interests in chronic disease prevention and adolescent health promotion. Dr. Yancey has authored more than 75 scientific publications, including briefs, book chapters, health promotion videos, and among those, more than 50 peer-reviewed articles. She also serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity Committee and Health Literacy Roundtable, and the American Heart Association Physical Activity Sub-committee.

Oliver Bartzsch is an experienced medical professional with over 15 years of professional experience. With a passion for medicine, fitness, and personal growth, he is always willing to challenge himself to accomplish tasks and especially to provide accurate medical information to people. Oliver is a long-time medical editor for multiple sites. With more than 10 years of medical writing experience, he has completed over 350 projects with both individual and corporate clients.


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