The PfA Task Force is comprised of volunteer national stakeholders who gathered in 2016 and early 2017 to examine the following questions:


How can the healthcare industry mobilize people from communities across the U.S. to achieve recommended levels of physical activity—with a focus on those populations at greatest need?


What steps might healthcare take to pursue the priorities and execute the strategies recommended by leading authorities such as the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine, the National Physical Activity Plan Healthcare Sector and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force?


What steps would be required for clinical care and that which surrounds and supports it to become a force for a cultural shift leading to a healthier, more active U.S.?


Dominique Adair, MS, RD
Private-practice nutrition and fitness advisor, public speaker, educator, media consultant, and freelance health and nutrition writer

Katie Clarke Adamson
Senior Director of Health Partnerships and Policy, YMCA of the USA

Jason Altmire, MHA
Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Engagement, Florida Blue

Ross Arena, PhD, PT, FAHA, FESC
Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jordan Asher, MD, MS
Chief Clinical Officer/Chief Innovation Officer, MissionPoint Health Partners

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
CEO and Legal Counsel, American Association of Medical Assistants

Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RD, LD
Associate Professor/Interim Department Chair, Department of Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University

Grady Colson Barnhill, MEd
Senior Assessment Advisor, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA
18th Surgeon General of the United States (2009–2013)

Gary Bennett, PhD
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health, and Medicine at Duke University and Director of Duke’s Global Digital Health Science Center

*Jenny Bogard, MPH
Director, Healthcare Strategies, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Victoria Brown, MPA
Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

*Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM
Chief Science Officer, American Council on Exercise

Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, AAP-IHCW & University of Rochester Medical Center

*Lance C. Dalleck, PhD
Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, Western State Colorado University

Mark Daly
National Media Director, Anytime Fitness

Kitty Hsu Dana, MBA
former Vice President – Health, United Way Worldwide

*Laura DeFina, MD
President and CEO, Cooper Institute

Greg Degnan, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director, Atlantic Coast Athletic Clubs

William Dietz, MD, PhD
Director, Global Center for Prevention Wellness, George Washington University

Nicholas A. DiNubile, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (ACE Chief Medical Advisor and former member, Board of Directors)

John Ellis
Cofounder and CEO, Attune Health Management, and Vice Chair, Board of Directors, American Council on Exercise

*Erik Eaker, MHA
Director, Population Health Initiatives, Humana

Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey

*Jennifer Fassbender, MS
Program Director, Reinvestment Fund

Jinger S. Gottschall, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomechanics and Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University

LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH
(former) Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials

Rain Henderson, MPA, CEO
(former) Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Clinton Foundation

Trina Histon, PhD
Senior Principal Consultant, Clinical & Operational Improvement, Kaiser Permanente, Health Management Institute

Anita Holloway, MD, MBA
Market Vice President/Medical Officer, Wisconsin and Tennessee Market of Humana

*Janet (Frenkel) Jones
Chief Experience Officer, Ascension Care Management

Elizabeth (Liz) Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM
Medical Director, Community Health and Food & Nutrition, Intermountain Healthcare

James Kallusky, EdD
Vice President, Laureus Foundation

*Lynn Cialdella-Kam, PhD, MA, MBA, RDN, LD
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

W. Larry Kenney, PhD, FACSM
Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology, Noll Physiological Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University

*Shane Kinkennon
Chief Strategy Officer, American Council on Exercise

David M. Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP
Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
Founder and Principal, ConscienHealth

*Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health and Exercise is Medicine Global Research and Collaboration Center, Emory University

Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH
National Health Officer, YMCA of the USA

Lisel Loy, JD
Project Director, Bipartisan Policy Center

*Beth Taylor Mack, PhD
Director, Health Behavior and Wellness Membership and Programs, YMCA OF THE USA

Patricia (Patty) Mecheal, PhD, MHS
Executive Vice President, Personal Connected Health Alliance

Craig W. Moscetti, MPH
(former) Manager of Community Pediatric Health Programs, Allina Health and HealthPartners

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP
Senior Advisor for Healthcare Solutions, American Council on Exercise, and primary care pediatrician

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH
Vice President of External Relations/Preventive Medical Advisor, Public Health Institute

Julianna L. Olson, NP
Market Medical Officer, Humana

Diane Padden, PhD
Vice President of Professional Practice and Partnerships, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School

Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland, Pew Foundation Scholar in Metabolism, National Senior Olympics Board

Edward Phillips, MD
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

Nico Pronk, PhD, FACSM, FAWHP
Vice President and Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners

Chuck Runyon
CEO, Anytime Fitness

Robert Sallis, MD, FACSM
Co-Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association

Robin Schepper, MS
Senior Advisor, Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center

James S. Skinner, PhD, FACSM
Professor Emeritus, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University

Brian Smedley, PhD
Co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity

Alison Steiber, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Sarah Strunk, MHA
Strategic Advisor, Active Living by Design

Paul Terry, PhD
President and CEO, Health Enhancement Research Organization

*Calondra Tibbs, MPH
Senior Advisor of Public Health Programs, National Association of County and City Health Officials

*Laurie P. Whitsel, PhD
Director of Policy Research, American Heart Association

Risa Wilkerson, MA
Executive Director, Active Living By Design

Antonio S. Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Public Health

*Jennifer L. Wiltz, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Officer, US Public Health Service & CDC Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Shale Wong, MD, MSPH
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado

Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, FACSM
Director of Behavioral Research, Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California


* Members of new Leadership Council formed September 2017

Funding from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) made the convening of the Prescription for Activity Task Force possible.