George Graham Appointed to Governorís Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sportss

May 9, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Penn State kinesiology professor Dr. George M. Graham has been appointed to serve on Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendellís Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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The mission of the Governorís Advisory Council is to promote efforts to improve Pennsylvaniansí quality of life by encouraging their participation in physical activities and by supporting the cooperative efforts of schools, communities, businesses and health institutions to increase individualsí participation in those activities. Members of the 15-member council represent various sectors, including but not limited to business and labor, amateur and professional sports, education, local and state governments, other state agencies, persons with special needs and the general public.

Grahamís research focuses on determining methods that keep children physically active and satisfies the need for strong physical education programs in schools. He is especially interested in revolutionizing the way physical education is taught in K-12 schools.

Graham has written or co-written 15 books/monographs and more than 50 refereed articles related to teaching children about physical activity. He has served as the chair of the Council on Physical Education for Children, the executive director of the United States Physical Education Association and the president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and he has served as a consultant to the Professional Golf Association of America, the United States Tennis Association and more than 65 school districts throughout the United States.

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Editors: Dr. Graham can be reached at (814) 865-1032 or ggraham@psu.edu. For additional information, please contact Bill Hessert, director of college relations for the College of Health and Human Development, at (814) 863-4325 or swh4@psu.edu.