Kinesiology professor to help shape federal policy on fitness, nutrition

April 6, 2011

Jim Pivarnik, a professor of kinesiology and national expert on pregnancy and physical activity, has been tabbed to help shape federal policy and drive program development on fitness, sports and nutrition.

He has been appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’s science board, formed in 2003 to ensure the messages and programs of the council are scientifically sound. He and colleagues will advise the council on the latest research that affects the health of children and adults nationwide.

Pivarnik, also an epidemiology professor at MSU, was selected due to the significant contributions he has made to the research and science of physical activity, fitness and health, said Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council. His appointment is for three years.

“I am honored to work with the President’s Council, providing research-based expertise on the best ways to improve the health of all Americans,” Pivarnik said. “Much can be done to help Americans overcome the chronic diseases brought on by lack of exercise and poor nutrition, and my colleagues and I look forward to the challenge.”

Read more in the MSU News article.