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James Pivarnik appointed to Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of James Pivarnik of East Lansing to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

The council was established in 1992 to improve the health and increase physical activity of Michigan residents. 

"James' expertise with health and wellness will play a vital role in promoting healthier lifestyles for our citizens," Snyder said.

Pivarnik is a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Science Advisory Panel to the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and is the past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. Pivarnik earned a bachelor's degree in recreation and park administration from Indiana University, a master's degree in physical and health education from James Madison University in Virginia, a master's degree in epidemiology from Michigan State University, and a doctorate of human performance from Indiana University.

Pivarnik will serve the remainder of a two-year term expiring April 30, 2012, and fills the vacancy left by the resignation Kristen Simmons. The appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.