December 6 - 7, 2007 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Welcome Remarks from Anand Parekh, MD, MPH, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

CAPT Troiano introduced Anand Parekh, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Assistant Secretary for Health. Dr. Parekh thanked the Committee and all the consultants for their work over the past five months. Additionally, Dr. Parekh acknowledged the efforts of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, RADM Penelope Slade Royall, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, CDC, ASPE and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Dr. Parekh stressed three key points regarding Physical Activity Guidelines:

  1. HHS currently has many major prevention oriented initiatives in the works and the Physical Activity Guidelines development process will have influence on these initiatives. The process is being followed by the highest levels of the federal government.

  2. When examining the science and evidence surrounding physical activity, one can see physical activity is uniquely positioned as a health intervention to improve one's health status. In terms of access there are many different activities one can engage in at relatively low financial cost.

  3. The process needs to be evidence-based and driven by the science.

Dr. Parekh also applauded the Committee for taking a comprehensive approach by including populations such as youth, older adults, and people with disabilities. This is important given the changing demographics within the country.

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