December 6 - 7, 2007 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Opening of Meeting

CAPT Richard Troiano, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, opened the meeting on behalf of RADM Penelope Slade Royall, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health. CAPT Troiano welcomed the Committee, Subcommittee consultants, CDC staff and members of the public to the Meeting and reviewed the formation of the Physical Activity Guidelines development process and subsequent work performed by the Advisory Committee.

The development of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was announced by Secretary Leavitt in October of 2006. They represent one aspect of the Secretary's prevention priority, which is based on the four pillars of the President's Healthier U.S. initiative. The four pillars include physical activity, good diet, healthy choices and preventive screening.

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on June 28 – 29, 2007 in Washington, DC. At this meeting the Advisory Committee was officially sworn in by the Secretary. The Advisory Committee formed ten different subcommittees in different topical areas and is supported by consultants and CDC staff. Each subcommittee began reviewing scientific literature relating to physical activity in their topical area. CDC staff also responded to additional research requests from Committee members.

CAPT Troiano acknowledged the assistance of the Federal Steering Committee, members of which include CAPT Troiano representing the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Melissa Johnson from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and Bill Kohl, Ph.D. and Janet Fulton from CDC. CAPT Troiano also acknowledged the efforts of Wilma Tilson, M.P.H., from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services.

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