The R. Tait McKenzie Lecture

The R. Tait McKenzie Lecture is a standing highlight of the national convention as an all convention evening session. Initiated in 1967 to honor the life and work of this pioneer in both the arts and sciences of sport and physical activity, the Lecture recognizes an outstanding professional outside of the HPERD fields whose work has the potential to infuse the organization with new ideas for implementation and new directions for exploration.

  • 2013: Deborah M. Parra-Medina
    Key Strategies for Promoting Physical Activity in Underserved Communities
  • 2012: Kenneth H. Cooper, Cooper Aerobics Center
    The Texas Youth Evaluation Project
  • 2011: John Elder, San Diego State University
    Study, Play and Pray: Addressing Health Disparities in the Latino Community
  • 2010: David M. Buchner; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
    Guiding the Public About Physical Activity Health—Key Themes and Messages
  • 2009: Carol Bryant, University of South Florida, College of Public Health
    Community-based Prevention Marketing: Teaching Communities to use Marketing Techniques to Solve Public Health Problems
  • 2008: Tom Baranowski, Baylor College of Medicine
    Serious Games—Interactive Multimedia for Physical Activity and Dietary Behavior Change Among Children
  • 2007: Jacquelynne Eccles, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    Influences on and Consequences of Sport Participation in Adolescence
  • 2006: I-Min Lee, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health
    Physical Activity and Heart Disease Prevention—How Much is Enough?
  • 2005: Stuart M. McGill, University of Waterloo
    Myths and Truths About Back Fitness and Performance
  • 2004: William H. Dietz, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Physical Activity and Obesity—What We Know and What We Can Do
  • 2003: Loretta DiPietro, Yale University and the John B. Pierce Laboratory
    The Role of Physical Activity in Successful Aging
  • 2002: James F. Sallis, San Diego State University
    Ready, Set, Let's Jump the Chasm Between Research and Practice
  • 2001: Steven N. Blair, The Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research
    Physical Activity: The Most Important Health Problem
  • 2000: Roy J. Shephard, University of Toronto
    What Is The Long Term Impact of Physical Education on Health and Physical Activity?
  • 1999: Barbara L. Drinkwater, Pacific Medical Center
    Demolishing the Myths: How Scientists and Athletes Opened the Door for Women's Full Participation in Sport
  • 1998: Claude Bouchard, Laval University
    Individual Differences in the Response to Regular Physical Activity: Implications for Research and Practice
  • 1997: Robert Dustman , VA Medical Center, Salt Lake City
    Physical Activity Benefits The Brain As Well As The Body
  • 1996: Waneen W. Spirduso, University of Texas at Austin
    Aging and Physical Activity
  • 1995: Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, University of Chicago
    Flow, Physical Activity and Happiness
  • 1994: John Foreyt, Nutrition Research Clinic, Houston
    Living Without Dieting
  • 1993: Charles Spielberger, University of South Florida
    Stress, Emotions, Sport and Exercise
  • 1992: David Berliner , Arizona State University
    Hard Work Made to Look Easy: Expertise in Teaching Physical Education and Other Subjects
  • 1991: William Haskell, Stanford University
    Physical Activity to Promote Health: What are the Required Stimuli?
  • 1990: Marian Diamond, University of California-Berkeley
    Use It or Lose It: Enriched Environments, Exercise and the Ever Changing Brain
  • 1989: Marshall Kreuter, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Activity, Health and the Public
  • 1988: Ellen W. Gerber, Legal Aid Society
    Winning in the Courts of Justice
  • 1987: John Hubeman, University of Texas at Austin
    The Future of Scientific Sport
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