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Steven N Blair is President and CEO of The Cooper Institute in Dallas. He is an adjunct professor in the Schools of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the College of Education Academy for Research and Development at the University of North Texas, and the College of Education at the University of Houston. He also is a Benjamin Meaker Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK and a Rudd Scholar at the Rudd Institute. Dr Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education; and was elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society. He was the first president of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and is a past‐president of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Dr Blair is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees: Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; Doctor of Health Science degree from Lander University, USA; and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK. He has received awards from many professional associations, holds a prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, and is one of the few individuals outside the US Public Health Service to be awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion. He has delivered lectures to medical, scientific, and lay groups in 48 states and 30 countries. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. He has published approximately 300 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and was the Senior Scientific Editor for the US Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.