In this interview, John Jakicic, PhD, FACSM, explains one of the goals of the ACSM American Fitness Index. Dr. Jakicic is a professor and chair of the Department of Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a leading scholar in this area of physical activity and weight control.

Dr. Jakicic also comments on the state of health and fitness in Pittsburgh and areas of success for that community and those that could be improved.

Dr. Jakicic serves as the coordinator for “America on the Move in Pittsburgh”, part of a national program to improve the health of children and adults through modest increases in physical activity and modest reductions in dietary intake. The initiative is a collaboration of academic, corporate, medical, and community organizations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania region.