Dr. David Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and published Americas first Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity. Formerly a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and Director of the CDC, Satcher simultaneously held the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001. Dr. Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Macy Faculty Fellow and the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.
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There is no greater investment that a nation can make than to invest in the health of children and their early development. By so doing, we not only prevent diseases in childhood but also most of the health problems of adulthood, including major disparities in health among different racial and socioeconomic groups.
This first Surgeon Generals report on physical activity was released on the eve of the Centennial Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the direction of David Satcher, was the lead federal agency in preparing this report.
Former Surgeon General David Satcher discusses obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles in his remarks at the STOP Obesity Alliance.