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UTHealth professor appointed to President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

HOUSTON - (Feb. 2, 2012) - Harold W. “Bill” Kohl, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus and professor of kinesiology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) Science Board.

He will serve a three-year term on the Science Board providing recommendations in the areas of program development and evaluation.

Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the PCFSN, said Kohl was selected to serve on this board due to the significant contributions he has made to the research and science of physical activity epidemiology and public health.

PCFSN’s mission is to engage, educate and empower all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The Council plays a key role in the development of the administration’s programmatic priorities, outreach and awareness efforts to improve the health and quality of life for all Americans.

The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Since 1984 he has worked in the area of physical activity and health, including conducting research, developing and evaluating intervention programs for adults and children, and developing and advising on policy issues. He is the founding president of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health as well as co-editor of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Since joining UTHealth, Kohl has been researching effective uses of social networking to create demand for healthy lifestyles among youth and working with organizations to promote disease prevention, physical activity and exercise a health priority.

Prior to this appointment, Kohl served as lead epidemiologist and team leader in the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

- Written by Shon Bower, Senior Communications Specialist

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