Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee
The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee is
established for the single, time-limited task of developing a report of
recommendations based on current scientific and medical knowledge for the 2008
inaugural edition of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
The Committee will be terminated upon delivery of its final report or at the end
of two years, whichever is first.
42 U.S. C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act,
as amended. The Committee also is governed by the provision of Public Law
92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the
formation and use of advisory committees.
The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee shall advise
the Secretary of Health and Human Services on scientific background and
recommendations for establishment of Physical Activity Guidelines for
Americans that is to be initially released in 2008. This publication
will serve as the basis of physical activity education activities and policies
to be carried out by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Committee, whose duties are solely advisory and time-limited
- review scientific evidence and existing literature to
identify where there is a sufficient evidence to develop specific physical
activity recommendations; and
- prepare a report to the Secretary that documents scientific
background and rationale for the 2008 edition of the Physical Activity
Guidelines for Americans. The report also will identify areas
where further scientific research is needed.
The Committee shall consist of not more than 13 voting members,
including the Chair and Vice Chair, who shall be appointed by the Secretary (or
designee). The membership shall be composed of individuals who can
demonstrate current scientific knowledge in the field of physical activity and
health promotion or disease prevention. Expertise shall be sought in
specific specialty areas related to physical activity, including but not limited
to: health promotion and chronic disease prevention; bone, joint, muscle health
and performance; obesity and weight management; risks of activity and
musculoskeletal injury; and special populations including children, youth and
older adults. Members shall be invited to serve for two years and/or the
duration of the Committee's operation. All voting members of the Committee
are classified as special Government employees (SGEs).
Representatives of the Department and/or other Federal agencies
may be appointed to serve as non-voting ex-officio members, as it is
determined necessary by the Secretary (or designee) for the Committee to
effectively carry out its function.
With approval of the Secretary (or designee), the Committee may
establish subcommittees that are composed of members of the parent committee and
non-member consultants. The advice of any subcommittee(s) shall be
reported to the parent committee. The full Committee shall discuss their
findings at a public meeting, at which time the full committee will determine
the appropriate actions.
Management and technical staff support services shall be
provided by the Office of the Secretary, Secretary's Prevention Priority team.
The Committee will be convened to meet approximately three
times. Meetings shall be held at the call of the designated Federal
officer (DFO), who is responsible for developing the meeting agenda.
Development of the meeting agenda may be done in collaboration with the
Committee Chair. The DFO or designee to whom the authority has been
delegated shall be present at all meetings of the full Committee and any
subcommittees that are established to assist the Committee. A quorum for
the conduct of business by the full Committee shall consist of a majority of the
Committee's voting members.
Meetings shall be open to the public except as determined
otherwise by the Secretary (or designee), in keeping with the guidelines under
Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c). Notice of all meetings
shall be given to the public.
Meetings shall be conducted and recorded of the proceedings
kept, as required by applicable laws and Departmental policies.
Pursuant to advance written agreement, committee members shall
receive no stipend for the services they render in this capacity. However,
as authorized by law and in accordance with Federal travel regulations, members
may receive per diem and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred in
performing duties for the Committee.
ANNUAL COST ESTIMATE
The estimated annual of operating the Committee, including
travel and per diem expenses for members, but excluding staff support is
$100,292. The estimated annual person years of staff support required is
1.15 at an estimated annual cost of $132,008.
The Committee shall prepare a report to the Secretary by April
2008 that provides scientific background and rationale for the 2008 edition of
the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and identifies areas where
further research is needed.
When it is determined that a meeting shall be closed or
partially closed to the public, under the stipulations of Government in the
Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), then a report shall be prepared that will
contain, at a minimum, a list of members and their business addresses, the
Committee's functions, dates and places of meetings, and a summary of Committee
activities and recommendations made during the fiscal year. A copy of the
report shall be provided to the Department's Committee Management Officer.
Unless renewed by appropriate action prior to its expiration,
the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee will terminate after
delivery of its final report to the Secretary or two years from the date this
charter is filed, whichever comes first.
JAN 11 2007
Secretary of Health and Human Services
DATE FILED: 2/6/07
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