The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would like to
recognize the efforts of the Physical Activity Guidelines Steering Committee
that oversaw the work of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee
and the Physical Activity Guidelines writing group: Rear Admiral Penelope Slade
Royall, PT, MSW (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Director,
Secretary's Prevention Priority); Captain Richard P. Troiano, PhD
(National Institutes of Health; Physical Activity Guidelines Coordinator and
Advisory Committee Executive Secretary); Melissa A. Johnson, MS
(President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; Physical Activity
Outreach Coordinator); Harold W. (Bill) Kohl III, PhD (Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC); Physical Activity Science Coordinator until
October 2007); and Janet E. Fulton, PhD (CDC; Physical Activity Science
Coordinator beginning October 2007).
The Department is grateful for the contributions of the HHS scientists
and staff who participated in the Physical Activity Guidelines writing group
that developed and created this document: David M. Buchner, MD, MPH (chair);
Jennifer Bishop, MPH; David R. Brown, PhD; Janet E. Fulton, PhD; Deborah A.
Galuska, PhD, MPH; Commander Julie Gilchrist, MD; Jack M. Guralnik, MD, PhD;
Jennifer M. Hootman, PhD, ATC; Melissa A. Johnson, MS; Harold W. (Bill) Kohl
III, PhD; Sarah M. Lee, PhD; Kathleen A. (Kay) Loughrey, MPH, MSM; Judith A.
McDivitt, PhD; Denise G. Simons-Morton, MD, PhD; Ashley Wilder Smith, PhD, MPH;
Wilma M. Tilson, MPH; Captain Richard P. Troiano, PhD; Jane D. Wargo, MA;
Gordon B. Willis, PhD; and the scientific writer/editor, Anne Brown Rodgers.
The Department also gratefully acknowledges the work conducted by the
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Their extensive review of
the scientific literature on physical activity and health and their committee
deliberations are summarized in the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory
Committee Report, 2008. The Committee’s report provided the basis for
the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The Advisory
Committee consisted of William L. Haskell, PhD (chair); Miriam E. Nelson, PhD
(vice-chair); Rod K. Dishman, PhD; Edward T. Howley, PhD; Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD;
William E. Kraus, MD; I-Min Lee, MBBS, ScD; Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD; Russell R.
Pate, PhD; Kenneth E. Powell, MD, MPH; Judith G. Regensteiner, PhD; James H.
Rimmer, PhD; and Antronette K. (Toni) Yancey, MD, MPH.
The Department also acknowledges the important role of those who
provided comments throughout the Physical Activity Guidelines development
process. Finally, the Department appreciates the contributions of numerous
other departmental scientists, staff, policy officials, and the external peer
reviewers who reviewed the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for
Americans and provided helpful suggestions.
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