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Dr. Gregory Heath named to Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health

Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that Dr. Gregory Heath, newly named Guerry Professor and Head of the Department of Health and Human Performance, has been named to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. Heath is one of several new appointments named by the governor to state boards and commissions.

“I appreciate the time and energy these 20 Tennesseans are willing to commit to serving the State of Tennessee, and am confident that each of them brings unique experience, skills and knowledge that will be valuable to our boards and commissions,” Bredesen said.

Heath, DHSc, MPH, also serves as Co-Director of Research at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit. Heath was the former lead health scientist in the Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He received his master’s of public health in epidemiology and his doctor of health science in applied physiology from Loma Linda University in California.

Among Heath's numerous awards and honors is the Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service for his 1997 contributions to the Surgeon General's report on Physical Activity and Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a fellow of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention with the American Heart Association. His work has appeared in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the American Heart Journal, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Heath will be appearing on “Trends on Three,” a program hosted by Paula Bridges of WRCB, Channel 3 on Saturday, January 21. Heath will discuss safe ways to introduce and increase physical exercise to provide sufficient caloric expenditure. He will also appear on “Beyond the Headlines,” a live broadcast on WTCI TV-45 scheduled for Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m. He will be discussing the link between world and local health issues.

January 13, 2006

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