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National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The U.S. National Cancer Institute is 1 of 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Support for the Objective Measurement of Physical Activity Conference is provided through the Applied Research Program (ARP) in the NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. ARP's mission is to understand how and why cancer care and control activities in the United States influence patterns of care and trends in cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and survival. Pursuit of this mission is possible through ARP's support of methodologic research to improve survey data collection and evaluation of existing data collected through grants, contracts, NCI divisions, and other agencies. These data are used to evaluate patterns and trends in cancer-associated health behaviors and risk factors, health care services, economics, and outcomes, including patient-reported outcomes. Learn more about NCI at www.cancer.gov and ARP at www.appliedresearch.cancer.gov.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world and is a global leader in health, science, exercise, and fitness. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional ACSM members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Learn more about ACSM and find valuable public health resources at www.acsm.org.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is 1of 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Since October 1997, the NHLBI has also had administrative responsibility for the NIH Woman's Health Initiative. Support for the Objective Measurement of Physical Activity Conference is provided through the Division of Prevention and Population Sciences (DPPS). The Division of Prevention and Population Sciences supports and provides leadership for population- and clinic-based research on the causes, prevention, and clinical care of cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. Research includes a broad array of epidemiological studies to describe disease and risk factor patterns in populations and to identify risk factors for disease; clinical trials of interventions to prevent disease; studies of genetic, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental influences on disease risk and outcomes; and studies of the application of prevention and treatment strategies to determine how to improve clinical care and public health. The Division also supports training and career development for these areas of research. The Division is organized into four major components: the Epidemiology Branch, the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, the Women's Health Initiative Branch, and the Office of Biostatistics Research.

Learn more about NHLBI at www.nhlbi.nih.gov and DPPS at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/dpps/index.htm.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (http://www.nih.gov/). The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. The NIEHS traces its roots to 1966, when the U.S. Surgeon General announced the establishment of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences within the NIH. In 1969, the division was elevated to full NIH institute status. Since then, the NIEHS has evolved to its present status as a world leader in environmental health sciences, with an impressive record of important scientific accomplishments and a proud history of institutional achievements and growth. Today, under the guidance of its 2006-2011 Strategic Plan, the NIEHS is expanding and accelerating its contributions to scientific knowledge of human health and the environment, and to the health and well-being of people everywhere.