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Trustee Candidate: Medicine

David Buchner, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Champaign, IL 

1.  Please list your previous service to ACSM.

I have chaired the Strategic Health Initiative--Aging Committee since 2010.  I am also a member of the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Clinical Practice Committee and the EIM Older Adult Committee.  Between 1999 and 2008 I directed the Physical Activity and Health Branch at CDC and in this position collaborated extensively with ACSM and other partners.  The collaborations involved national initiatives dealing with physical activity and health, such as: the National Physical Activity Plan, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, consultations with NIH related to funding priorities in exercise science, ACSM committees working on policy initiatives, the National Blueprint for Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Age 50 and Older, and support for the National Physical Activity Society.  I was involved in preparing the 2007 ACSM/AHA physical activity recommendations, and participated in the ACSM recommendations for best practices in physical activity programs in older adults.  My first major service to ACSM was as part of the authorship group for the 1995 CDC/ACSM physical activity guidelines.

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

In my view, the greatest strength of ACSM is its ability to leverage the broad, extensive scientific expertise of its members into initiatives that produce substantial benefits for its members and for communities around the world.  The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is an example.  As chair of the writing group for the guidelines, I saw how ACSM members made key contributions to science, played a major role in the expert panel which reviewed the scientific evidence, and helped disseminate physical activity guidelines around the world.   I believe I have a breadth of expertise and experience that can strengthen ACSM’s ability to serve its members, participate in partnerships, and leverage its resources.  I practiced medicine for 25 years and then was a public health practitioner for 10 years.   In my current position of university professor, I started a new MPH program, and continue to work on funded research in physical activity and aging.  Specifically, I seek to integrate perspectives from research, clinical practice, and public health practice, so as to build consensus on strategic priorities for ACSM.

3.  ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies.  Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.

Over the past decade, I’ve been privileged to work with organizations providing leadership in research and practice related to physical activity.  I’ve been a member of:   the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; the Physical Activity Committee of the American Heart Association; the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Exercise Task Force; a NIA advisory committee on priorities for clinical trials; the Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel of the National Committee on Quality Assurance.  Also, I was chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active For Life initiative. Currently I am a board member for both the National Physical Activity Society and the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.

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