Scientific Validation

FitnessGram Advisory Board

The FitnessGram Advisory Board (FAB) plays a critical role in the sustainability and credibility of the FitnessGram assessment. The FAB includes some of the most brilliant minds and subject matter experts in the fields of kinesiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, epidemiology and health education. Advisory board members serve to:

  • Provide technical content expertise in various aspects of physical activity and physical fitness. As recognized experts in fitness and health, board members give valuable input on the structure and direction of the assessment.
  • Contribute to advancing FitnessGram research. By conducting studies on FitnessGram issues, board members help ensure that the assessment remains on solid, scientific ground.
  • Increase visibility and advocacy of FitnessGram. Through professional interactions, reputations, and contributions, board members ensure credibility among researchers, school leaders, public health officials and funding agencies.

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FITNESSGRAM ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Gregory J. Welk, PhD

Gregory J. Welk, PhD

Barbara E. Forker Professor with the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University

Meet Gregory

Gregory J. Welk is a Barbara E. Forker Professor with the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Dr. Welk completed his Master's degree (MS) at the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. at Arizona State University. Prior to coming to ISU, Dr. Welk worked at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research where he directed the Childhood and Adolescent Health Division. He was responsible for the scientific direction of FitnessGram® and has continued to serve as the Chair of the FitnessGram Scientific Advisory Board. His research interests focus on the assessment and promotion of physical activity and fitness in children. Dr. Welk is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), the Society for Behavior Medicine (SBM), and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

Scott Going

Scott Going, PhD

Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and in Physiological Sciences and the Director of the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at The University of Arizona

Meet Scott

Scott Going, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and in Physiological Sciences and the Director of the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at The University of Arizona. His research interests include development of methods and models for body composition assessment, changes in body composition during growth and development in children and with aging in older adults, and the effects of exercise and diet on the bone, soft tissue composition, functional capacity, and health. His research is funded by The National Institutes of Health (NIDDK, NIAMS, and NICHD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Science Foundation of Arizona.

Current projects focus on the development of body composition standards for youth and adults, school-based integrated physical activity and nutrition programs, sarcopenia, hip geometry and fractures in postmenopausal women, and the effects of exercise interventions on skeletal development and health in children and patients with knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Kathleen F. Janz

Kathleen F. Janz, EdD

Physical Activity Epidemiologist at the University of Iowa in the Department of Health and Human Physiology and the Department of Epidemiology

Meet Kathleen

Kathleen F. Janz, Ed.D, is a physical activity epidemiologist at the University of Iowa in the Department of Health and Human Physiology and the Department of Epidemiology. She conducts population- and clinically-based research addressing the effect of physical activity and physical fitness to health outcomes. Professor Janz’s secondary area of research is physical activity measurement, specifically the modeling of objective measures using group-based trajectory and multi-level growth models, to better understand the effects of physical activity in prospective observational and intervention studies.

Together, her work seeks to understand type, dose, and pattern of physical activity associated with metabolic and musculoskeletal health. She has been an investigator with the Iowa Bone Development Study for over 20 years. Several NIH scientific panels seeking to expand and standardize the use of objective physical activity sensors in epidemiological, clinical, and community research have recognized her work. Recently, she served on the federal advisory panel that wrote the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Mid-Course Report and an ad hoc committee to revise the National Osteoporosis Foundation statement on peak bone mass. Professor Janz has just completed a 2-year federal appointment on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Scientific Advisory Committee.

Seventeen nationally recognized experts in physical activity and health were appointed to this committee and charged with reviewing the body of scientific and medical evidence in physical activity and health and writing the scientific report that documents the rationale for recommendations for the second (2018) edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. She is beginning an appointment with the National Osteoporosis Foundation Nutrition & Physical Activity for Bone Health in Healthy Adults writing committee, which is charged with developing and disseminating new information related to dietary interventions and exercises that promote bone health and protect against fractures.

Dolly Lambdin

Dolly Lambdin, PhD

Clinical Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin

Meet Dolly

Dolly Lambdin, EdD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has 16 years teaching experience in public and private schools grades K-8 and 37 years in teacher preparation at the university level for many years teaching mornings in the public school and afternoons at the university. She has supervised over 100 student teachers visiting thousands of public school classes and learning from scores of fabulous “cooperating teachers”. She teaches undergraduate teaching methods courses and Technology in Physical Education, Analysis of Teaching, and Current Issues in Physical Education in the masters and doctoral programs in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UT Austin.

Dr. Lambdin is the recipient of the Texas Exes Elizabeth Shatto Massey Award for Excellence in Teacher Education (2009) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Physical Education Teacher Education Honor Award (2009), Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance College Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Dr. Lambdin served as President of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) from 2004-05 and on the writing teams for the Texas Physical Education Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in Physical Education, the National and Texas State Physical Education Beginning Teacher Standards, and NASPE’s Appropriate Practices Guidelines.

Dr. Lambdin has co-authored several texts including Putting Research to Work in Elementary Physical Education with Lawrence F. Locke, Fitness for Life Middle School, and Fitness for Life Middle School Teacher’s Guide with Chuck Corbin and Guy LeMasurier. More recently she co-authored the completion of the Fitness for Life Series, Fitness for Life: Elementary School, a comprehensive guide for school-wide support of physical activity and physical education which includes guides for classroom teachers, physical education teachers and the school wellness coordinator (Corbin, Lambdin, LeMasurier, & Greiner).

During leisure time she enjoys walking, cycling, kayaking, sewing and signing around the campfire. In the summer she spends her time in Maine enjoying living in the woods by the lake.

Matthew Mahar

Matthew Mahar, EdD

Director and Professor of the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University

Meet Matthew

Matthew Mahar is Director and Professor of the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. His research focuses on the promotion and measurement of physical activity and fitness in youth. He has expertise in the measurement aspects of physical activity and fitness and has extensive experience conducting school-based research and intervention programs for overweight children. He is the creator of the Energizers Classroom-based Physical Activities and has experience teaching both elementary school and high school physical education.

Dr. Mahar has served on the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition; as chair of the Editorial Board for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport; and as chair of the Examinations Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Mahar is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. He has won awards for his teaching, research, and service contributions, including the prestigious North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. He exercises, walks his dog, and tracks his steps every day.

James R. Morrow, Jr.

James R. Morrow, Jr., PhD

Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas

Meet James

James R. Morrow, Jr. is a Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas. His background is in research and evaluation methodology, having conducted research on fitness testing and taught measurement, research, and evaluation courses for 40 years. He has published more than 150 manuscripts and chapters and 5 textbooks. His co-authored measurement text, Measurement, and Evaluation in Human Performance, is in its 5th edition. He presented his research annually before national and international audiences.

He has served on the FitnessGram® Advisory Committee for more than 30 years. He previously served a 4-year term on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Science Board as a member and then Chair. Morrow is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Kinesiology (for which he was President in 2003-2004), Fellow of SHAPE America, and Fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (1989-1993) and founding Co-Editor (with Steven N. Blair) of the Journal of Physical Activity & Health (2004-2006). He has received numerous state and national awards for his research and service activities. Honors include the AAHPERD Scholar, AAHPERD McCloy Lecturer, AAHPERD RQES Lecturer, the AAHPERD Research Consortium Distinguished Service Award, the Measurement and Evaluation Council Lifetime Achievement Award, TAHPERD’s David K. Brace Award, SDAAHPERD Scholar, TAHPERD Honor Award, and the AAHPERD Research Consortium Writing Award (3 times). He has been Principal or Co-Investigator on research awards funded for approximately $8,000,000.

EMERITUS MEMBERS

Steve N. Blair, PED

Charles B. Corbin, PhD

Kirk J. Cureton, PhD

Harold B. Falls, Jr, PhD

Baker C. Harrell, PhD

Harold U. Kohl, PhD

Timothy G. Lohman, PhD

Marilu Meredith, EdD

Robert P. Pangrazi, PhD

Russell R. Pate, PhD

Jodi Prochaska, PhD, MPH

Sarajane Quinn, MS

Margaret J. Safrit, PhD

James F. Sallis, PhD

Charles Sterling, EdD, Founder