Dr. Russell Pate, professor of exercise science within the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, has been named one of five 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN).
Presented annually since 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition-related programs nationwide. Recipients are selected by members of PCFSN based on the span and scope of an individual’s career, the estimated number of lives they have touched and the impact of their legacy.
An exercise physiologist, Dr. Pate’s research focuses on promoting physical activity and physical fitness in children and understanding the health implications of physical activity. He has published more than 300 academic papers, making major contributions to the University of South Carolina’s academic and research communities since joining the Arnold School in 1974. Dr. Pate was the founding chair of the Department of Exercise Science, a unit that excels nationally in the areas of academic programs, scholarship, research funding and national awards.
Outside the university, Dr. Pate has served as a national leader in the field of physical activity and public health, leading the development of the National Physical Activity Plan and serving as president of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. Dr. Pate has also served on the U.S. Dietary and Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committees, served on several panels for the Institute of Medicine, and held the office of president of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Coalition on Promoting Physical Activity. His awards include the 2014 South Carolina Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Scientific Research and Excellence in Scientific Awareness as well as the 2012 Honor Award and 1996 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.