WVU Professor Appointed Special Consultant to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected a WVU Department of Community Medicine professor to serve as a consultant.  George A. Kelley, D.A., will provide the DHHS with expert advice as it develops the first federal guidelines on physical activity. 

“We're reviewing the literature in the field in order to provide exercise recommendations to Americans,” Kelley said. “By reviewing this literature, we will also be able to identify gaps where future exercise studies are needed.”

The DHHS Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans will be issued in late 2008.  The report will provide science-based recommendations on the importance of physical activity and the amount of physical activity necessary for a healthy lifestyle with specific consideration given to seniors, children and persons with disabilities.

“Hopefully, the new guidelines will motivate more people to become regularly active and help curb the obesity epidemic,” Kelley said.

During his career, Kelley has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been the lead author for 44 of the 50 research papers he has published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals.

Kelley is the director of the Meta-Analytic Research Group in the WVU Department of Community Medicine and also holds appointments in the Prevention Research Center and Injury Control Research Center.
He came to WVU in 2002 from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions in Boston. 

Kelley is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and received his Doctor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. 

For more information about the department of community medicine at West Virginia University, visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/.


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Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
dc: 09-27-07

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