Graham Appointed Co-Chairman of Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

June 22, 2006

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. George Graham, professor of Kinesiology in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development, has been appointed co-chairman of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports by Governor Edward Rendell. Graham was appointed to the council in 2005 and will assume his new role in July.

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The council's mission is to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians by providing leadership that promotes physically active lifestyles and links families, communities, schools, worksites, health care and media.

Members of the council represent various sectors, including but not limited to business and labor, amateur and professional sports, education, local and state governments, other state agencies, persons with special needs and the general public.

Graham's scholarship focuses on studying approaches that guide youngsters in the process of becoming and remaining physically active for a lifetime. He has been a national leader in revolutionizing the way physical education is taught in K-12 schools. He has authored or co-authored two of the leading textbooks in children's physical education and more than 50 articles on the topic. He served as the president of the National Association for Physical Education and Sport, the executive director of the United States Physical Education Association and the chair of the Council on Physical Education for Children.

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Editors: Dr. Graham can be reached at (814) 865-1032 or For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or