The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded annually to up to five individuals who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide. Nominees are evaluated based on the overall impact of their careers, including individuals affected, awards, research, legacy, etc.
[Photo: Dr. Steven N. Blair (center)]
Dr. Steven N. Blair, professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, was given a PCFSN 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award on February 24, 2015 at the National Physical Activity Plan meeting in Washington, DC. The award was based on his role as an internationally recognized authority on exercise and its health benefits. He recently leveraged his expertise and connections on these topics to launch the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), where he serves as co-founder and vice president.
GEBN is dedicated to identifying and implementing innovative solutions – based on the science of energy balance – to prevent and reduce diseases associated with inactivity, poor nutrition, and obesity. This not-for-profit organization aims to connect and engage multi-disciplinary scientists and other experts around the globe dedicated to applying and advancing the science of energy balance to achieve healthier living.
Dr. Jennifer Trilk, a GEBN member and clinical assistant professor of physiology and exercise science at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine Greenville was also recognized at the February awards ceremony. Dr. Trilk received a 2014 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
With more than 650 scientific publications, Dr. Blair’s research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. “From my research and a lot of others, physical inactivity is one of the biggest public health problems we have,” Dr. Blair says. “Inactivity and low fitness are powerful predictors of morbidity and mortality for millions of Americans.”
Dr. Blair earned a doctoral degree in physical education from Indiana University. He is also the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees–Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; Doctor of Health Science degree from Lander University, U.S.; and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK.