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University of California, San Diego, Professor Selected to Present  Scholar Lecture at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, March 13, 2015 –James F. Sallis, Ph.D., distinguished professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego, has been selected to present the Alliance Scholar Lecture by SHAPE America –Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 130th National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA on Friday, March 20. For his lecture Sallis will present "Progress and Possibilities in Promoting Youth Physical Activity."

The Alliance Scholar Award, established in 1976, encourages and facilitates research and creative activities which will enrich the depth and scope of health, leisure, sport, dance and related activities; and to disseminate the findings to the profession and other interested and concerned publics.

"A dedicated scholar and distinguished professional throughout his nearly 40-year career," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin, "Dr. Sallis is nationally and internationally recognized as a premier leader in promoting physical activity for youth. Time Magazine recently named him as an 'obesity warrior'."

In addition to his teaching career, Sallis is also the director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition, and obesity. Sallis' health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies.

He is the author of over 600 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world's most cited authors in the social sciences. His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and the Bloomberg-Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. He is president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit