2009: Thomas McKenzie

Dr. Thom McKenzie is Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University and former adjunct professor, Department of Community Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers and developed numerous assessment and curricular materials used nationally. He is a Fellow of four professional organizations and been a major investigator on 12 multidisciplinary research projects supported by more than $30 million from the National Institutes of Health. These have focused on increasing physical activity and health in homes, schools, and park and recreation centers. He has directed summer residential camping programs for obese children and for 16 years was a performance enhancement consultant to USA Volleyball national teams. His expertise in designing and assessing physical activity programs for diverse populations is widely recognized. He has received numerous national and international awards, including the International Olympic Committee Presidents Prize for sport and physical education program development, research, and scholarship. He has been a member of the Science Board, Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. 


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