Workshop Chairs

Heather Bowles, National Cancer Institute
Barbara Ainsworth, Arizona State University

Program Committee

Elva Arredondo, San Diego State University
Janet Fulton, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jane Gleason Senior, American College of Sports Medicine
Louise Mâsse, University of British Columbia
James Morrow, University of North Texas
Kelley Pettee-Gabriel, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Barbara Sternfeld, Kaiser Permanente
Lynn Walters, American College of Sports Medicine
Gregory Welk, Iowa State University

Resource Development & Dissemination Committee

Catherine Alfano, National Cancer Institute
Steven Hooker, University of South Carolina
Lanay Mudd, Michigan State University
Ashley Wilder Smith, National Cancer Institute


National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is 1 of 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Support for the Measurement of Active and Sedentary Behaviors Workshop 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 cancer care and control activities in the United States influence 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 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 and ARP at

American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Physical Activity and Health Branch

The Physical Activity and Health Branch (PAHB) is one of four branches in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity and employs about 20 full-time staff as well as fellows, interns, students and visiting scholars with expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, exercise physiology, preventive medicine, nutrition, health education, behavioral science, and evaluation. The PAHB is responsible for conducting surveillance of physical activity, performing epidemiologic research into the health effects and determinants of physical activity and health outcomes, developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions, and providing training on public health strategies for promotion of physical activity. PAHB's mission is to understand and promote physical activity to enhance health and quality of life and its guiding principles are to perform evidence-based public health research and practice with a focus on translating science to practice at the population level. Our overarching vision is "Active People in an Activity-Friendly World".

National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) within the NIH Office of the Director. Its mission is to foster, coordinate, and assess disease prevention and health promotion research that seeks to improve the public's health and quality of life, and reduce disease burden in the United States. The office coordinates prevention activities across the NIH and collaborates with other federal agencies, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in the formulation of research initiatives and policies that promote public health. The ODP staff members serve as NIH representatives on a number of trans-agency activities, and their role focuses on ensuring a science base in planning of prevention initiatives; facilitating inclusion of scientific expertise in national public health programs; and representing the perspective and knowledge base of NIH research in disease prevention and health promotion activities. To carry out its diverse responsibilities, ODP also has three other units: the Office of Medical Applications of Research, the Office of Rare Diseases, and the Office of Dietary Supplements. Learn more about the ODP at

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together three of the nation's leading research funders-the NIH, CDC, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-in a public-private collaboration to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. youth. Motivated by a shared sense of urgency to reverse the tide of childhood obesity, especially in those populations and communities at highest risk, NCCOR goals are to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of childhood obesity research. NCCOR focuses its efforts on projects to meet areas of need related to strengthening the nation's research tools and infrastructure, discovering what works, and communicating and spreading effective interventions more rapidly. Learn more about NCCOR at