Dr. John Spengler, of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, has been appointed to the Science Board of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. The Science Board is comprised of scholars who have made significant contributions to the research and science of physical activity, sports and nutrition. They provide subject matter expertise to the President’s Council, a federal advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion that works to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and abilities and to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all Americans. Council members are appointed by the president and serve in an advisory capacity through the secretary of health and human services.
For the upcoming term, the Science Board will focus its efforts on the implementation and dissemination of the National Youth Sports Strategy and youth sports-related topics.
Dr. Spengler’s research focuses on policies and environments relevant to youth sport and physical activity, and safety and injury prevention in sport and recreational activities. He has written four books and numerous publications along his line of research, founded and led a research collaborative that informed the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, and informed the work of the American Heart Association on policies relevant to the sharing of sport and recreational facilities within communities.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Research Fellow of SHAPE America and the Sport and Recreation Law Association. He is the recipient of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Fame for Fitness Award, is a distinguished alumna of Indiana University School of Public Health and has received the University of Florida Research Foundation Award.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 17