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University at Buffalo: Professor Appointed to American Heart Association Council

Dr. Michael J. LaMonte, research associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, subcommittee on Physical Activity.

In this role, Dr. LaMonte will be charged with developing and writing national scientific position stands/pronouncements on behalf of AHA in the area of physical activity, sedentary behavior and cardiovascular disease.

According to the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, its mission is to “focus on nutrition, physical activity, obesity, diabetes, lipids, and the behaviors related to these conditions and how they contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases.”

“Modifiable factors, such as insufficient physical activity levels, prolonged sedentary behavior, and low physical functioning capacity contribute substantially to the enormous population burden of cardiovascular diseases, especially heart attack and stroke, among U.S. adults,” says Dr. LaMonte.  “A better understanding of how to promote and sustain behavioral, environmental, and policy changes to improve these factors at the community-level is of major importance to the ongoing fight against the nation’s leading cause of death, disability, and healthcare utilization.”

Dr. LaMonte has previously served in other capacities with AHA. These roles include serving on the council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health as well as serving as a Fellow on the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.