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ACSM meets with NIH Leadership on Common Fund

Pictured from left to right: Mark Roltsch; Carol Garber; Lynette Craft; Betsy Wilder, James Anderson, Jim Whitehead.
Last week, an ACSM staff team including ACSM President Carol Ewing Garber, Executive Vice President and CEO Jim Whitehead, VP of Evidence-Based Research Lynette Craft and VP of Governmental Affairs Monte Ward met with James Anderson, director of the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives and Betsy Wilder, director of the Office of Strategic Coordination of the NIH Director — NIH Common Fund. The ACSM team applauded NIH’s decision to include a physical activity research program within the Common Fund and reviewed the next steps in the process. ACSM will continue to be involved substantially in the process and will keep its members informed with up to date information.

NIH is also currently requesting input from stakeholders from the extramural community and the general public regarding the framework for a five-year, NIH-wide strategic plan. Since physical activity research has been added to the NIH common fund, feedback from ACSM members will be valuable to shape future research programs related to physical activity, active lifestyles and Exercise is Medicine®. Comments can be submitted electronically at the NIH-wide strategic plan RFI submission website. more

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