Monday, May 2, 2016
In celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition today announced its five winners of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipients will receive their awards on May 16 at the Council’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Presented annually since 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition-related programs nationwide. Recipients are selected by the Council’s members based on the span and scope of their career, the estimated number of lives they have touched, and the impact of their legacy.
About the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:
Charles B. “Chuck” Corbin, Ph.D. – Dr. Corbin is Professor Emeritus in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University. Dr. Corbin is a fitness/physical educator and a researcher in fitness, health and wellness. He has published more than 200 scholarly papers and authored/co-authored more than 100 books. Several, including Fitness for Life and Concepts of Fitness and Wellness, have earned national awards. He co-authored the first physical activity guidelines for children and is a fellow in American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Association for Kinesiology in Education (NAKHE), National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) and SHAPE America. Dr. Corbin served as President of NAK and is a member of the SHAPE America Hall of Fame. He served as the first chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s Science Board and as co-editor of the Council’s Research Digest. He was a charter member of the FITNESSGRAM® Scientific Advisory Board and has presented keynote addresses worldwide. Dr. Corbin is most recognized for his pioneer work in fitness education, youth fitness and activity promotion.
Diane H. Hart, CHES, NCCA, CPT - Ms. Hart is the President and Executive Director of the National Association for Health and Fitness and the key architect and Chair of the Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM). As a fitness professional, Ms. Hart holds multiple national certifications in the field of fitness and health promotion. Her activities include Provider and Health Specialist with BlueShield of Northeastern New York, specializing in Corporate Wellness Programs; Founder of Hart to Heart Fitness; Co-Chair of BeActive New York State and creator of the “Move for Life” state-wide health plan initiative; consultant to the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention; contributor to the National Physical Activity Plan; contributor to the Declaration of the United Nations in connection with non-communicable diseases and physical activity; and member of the Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils and Medical Fitness Network. Ms. Hart is the proud recipient of the Silver Eagle National Leadership Award created in memory of C. Carson Conrad, who served five U.S. Presidents as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Richard J. Hodes, M.D. – Dr. Hodes has directed the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging since 1993. He has devoted his tenure to the development of a strong, diverse, and balanced research program, focusing on the genetics and biology of aging, basic and clinical studies aimed at reducing disease and disability, including Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive change, and investigation of the behavioral and social aspects of aging. He has also focused on dissemination of research results to health professionals and to the public, including initiatives on exercise and physical activity aimed at maintaining health and well-being while aging, led by the Institute’s Go4Life physical activity and exercise campaign for adults age 50 and older. Dr. Hodes is a graduate of Yale University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hodes is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a member of The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Medicine (of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). As an author of more than 250 research papers, he is an influential scientist in and contributor to the field of immunology.
Rafer Johnson – Rafer Johnson was a founding member of Special Olympics California and has served on the Southern California Board of Directors for more than 40 years. Mr. Johnson became involved when its founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, asked him to start the program in California. He has been instrumental in the development of the Special Olympics program and its fundraising activities ever since. Mr. Johnson has given back to his community and California by working with more than 40 organizations. Throughout his career, Mr. Johnson has received more than 50 honors and awards related to his many athletic and academic achievements, which include being a three-time world record holder in the decathlon, a Silver Medalist at the 1956 Olympics, and Gold Medalist at the 1960 Games.
Ken Min, PhD (hon.) – Mr. Min is Faculty Emeritus, Director of the International Martial Arts Research Institute, University of California, Berkeley, and a 9th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, Judo and Yongmudo. Mr. Min’s life has been devoted to the martial arts, first as a competitor, then an instructor, coach and ultimately founder, editor, manager, researcher and administrator. He founded the University of California Martial Arts Program which includes judo, taekwondo, wushu, karate, tai chi chuan and yongmudo. Under Mr. Min’s leadership as team coach and technical director, the Berkeley taekwondo team won 34 national team titles within a 38-year period. While pursuing his career at Berkeley, Mr. Min also founded the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (1970) and led the effort to have taekwondo recognized as a competitive sport by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and United States Olympic Committee (1974). He served as a member of the Education Council and Game Preparation and Service Committee of the United States Olympic Committee. Grandmaster Min was a founding member of the World Taekwondo Federation (the Olympic International Federation governing Taekwondo), and served on that organization’s governing council for almost four decades. He also served as International University Sports Federation (FISU) Taekwondo Technical Commissioner from 1986 until his retirement in 2015.