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Active Voice: What is Public Health Surveillance and Why is it Important for Physical Activity?

from By Janet E. Fulton, Ph.D., FACSM, and Susan A. Carlson, Ph.D.

Janet E. Fulton, Ph.D. Susan A. Carlson, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Janet E. Fulton, Ph.D., FACSM, is an epidemiologist and the chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to publishing more than 100 scientific articles, she has contributed to many federal documents including the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth, and Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.

Susan A. Carlson, Ph.D., is lead epidemiologist of the Physical Activity Epidemiology and Surveillance Team at CDC’s Physical Activity and Health Branch. Her research interests include surveillance of physical activity, physical activity and its association with health, economic costs associated with inadequate physical activity and community-level strategies for promoting physical activity. Recently, Dr. Carlson was CDC’s lead scientific writer for Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.
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