Any sports fanatic or cooking enthusiast would love to meet the celebrity members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN). Drew Brees, Super Bowl XLIV MVP; Michelle Kwan, most decorated figure skater in U.S. history; and Rachael Ray, host of her own television food show, are all part of the Council with other well-known figures.
The Council reports to an even more celebrated man, President Barack Obama, through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. CAHNR’s Nancy Rodriguez has the privilege of assisting these stars in their Council work. Rodriguez is the new chair of the President’s Council Science Board for 2015.
She “will play a crucial role … in support of PCFSN programs,” according Executive Director Shellie Pfohl. Part of her job as chair is to lead the other 15 members of the Science Board in providing scientific guidance and advice for PCFSN programs and materials. Another of the Board’s functions is suggesting “ways to promote regular physical activity, fitness, sports participation, and good nutrition.”
Rodriguez’s appointment letter from Pfohl said her selection was “due to the significant contributions you have made to the research and science of exercise, protein intake, and protein utilization in athletes, physically active adults, and healthy obese and non-obese children.” She adds her experience to that of other scientists, who are “leading experts in health-related fields” and “scholars who have made significant contributions to the research and science of physical activity, health, sports, and nutrition,” according to the PCFSN website.
When reflecting on her role with the Science Board, Rodriguez said she is excited to promote an initiative in the area of “active aging; encouraging men and women to engage in and sustain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.” This is a new directive that adds to the Council’s ongoing work with children and adolescents specific to physical activity and eating well.
Rodriguez is a professor of nutritional sciences with joint appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Allied Health Sciences. To read more about her goals for PCFSN when she joined the Council, see the 2013 blog posting called Nancy Rodriguez appointed to President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
By Patsy Evans