John M. Jakicic, PhD

Department of Health and Physical Activity
Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Jakicic is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, and is also the Director of the Healthy Lifestyle Institute and the Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jakicic has an international reputation as a leading scholar in the area of physical activity and weight control, and this builds on a line of research to determine the appropriate dose of physical activity for long-term body weight regulation. He studies the interaction between energy expenditure and energy intake, and the influence of these factors on body weight regulation. Dr. Jakicic’s research was key to the public health recommendation that physical activity can be beneficial when separated into multiple 10-minute sessions per day. He is an expert in the implementation of strategies to improve long-term adherence to physical activity, and the understanding of behavioral and physiological mechanisms that are involved with linking physical activity to body weight regulation. Dr. Jakicic has served on various national and international committees to develop physical activity guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic conditions. Dr. Jakicic has been influential in the heightened awareness of physical activity as a key lifestyle behavior to improve health.