The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga – a campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) – announced that Gregory W. Heath, DHSc, MPH, director of Research and professor in the Department of Medicine at the Chattanooga campus, is the lead author of a paper addressing effective strategies for the promotion of physical activity across the world. The paper will be published as part of a series on physical activity and health in The Lancet on July 18th. Five additional articles authored by 33 research scientists from 16 different nations also will be published in this special series.
Along with his duties as head of Research activities at the UT College of Medicine, Dr. Heath serves as Guerry Professor and Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Dr. Heath’s paper is the third in a series discussing physical activity worldwide. According to Dr. Heath, “Because even moderate physical activity such as walking and cycling can have substantial health benefits, understanding strategies that can increase these behaviours in different regions and cultures has become a public health priority.”
The six papers will be presented during a two-day symposium in London this week. Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet will lead a discussion following the presentations.