June 28 - 29, 2007 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
Introduction and Swearing in of the Committee
John O. Agwunobi, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services introduced Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human
Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who welcomed the
committee and the members of the public observing the meeting.
Secretary Leavitt stressed the importance of science-based physical activity
guidelines agreed-upon by experts in the field in improving the health of
Americans. The Guidelines will play a key role in the President's Healthier U.S.
Initiative that consists four pillars: 1) being physically active every day, 2)
eating a diet consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for America, 3) getting
prevention screenings, and 4) avoiding risky behaviors.
The Secretary indicated the Committee's work will build upon the success of the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans and will guide the development of the first
cycle of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The ability for people to
know what kind of physical activity they need for their individual lifestyle and
condition, and how to couple that with proper nutrition will be invaluable in
preventing chronic disease and improving the health of their fellow Americans.
In preparation for the swearing-in of the Committee, ADM Agwunobi individually
introduced the members of the committee as follows:
Chair, William Haskell, Stanford University
Vice-Chair, Miriam Nelson, Tufts University
Members of the Committee
Rod Dishman, University of Georgia
Edward Howley, The University of Tennessee
Wendy Kohrt, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
William Kraus, Duke University of Medical Center
I-Min Lee, Harvard Medical School
Anne McTiernan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Russell Pate, University of South Carolina (in absentia, sworn in at end of day)
Kenneth Powell, Public Health and Epidemiologic Consultant
Judith Regensteiner, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
James Rimmer, University of Illinois at Chicago
Antronette Yancey, University of California at Los Angeles School of Public
Secretary Leavitt administered the oath to the Committee and Committee Members
took their seats at the conference table.
Penelope Slade Royall, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services thanked the Committee for agreeing to participate in
this process and thanked the support staff at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their
work in preparation for this Advisory Committee Meeting. The Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Health advised the Committee that they are a federal advisory
committee guided by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and as such the Committee
must follow certain rules designed to maintain transparency and accountability
to the public. The Committee's main charge is to advise the Secretary on the
science and evidence that will guide the publication of the 2008 Physical
Activity Guidelines for Americans. Through a time limited process, the Committee
will review the science and literature and identify where there is sufficient
evidence to make recommendations on Physical Activity Guidelines and identify
areas where more research is needed. The Committee's focus should be towards
guiding HHS rather than translating the science into specific recommendations.
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