Steven Blair, P.E.D, Recognized with Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award

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Karen Petit, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 803-777-5037,

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The Obesity Society Recognizes Steven Blair, P.E.D, for Significant Contributions to Obesity Research with the Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award

Awards Ceremony Takes Place at ObesityWeek, Nov. 11-16, in Atlanta


Nov. 14, 2013 – Atlanta, GA – The Obesity Society (TOS) recently announced Steven Blair, P.E.D, Professor for Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina, as the recipient of its Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes Dr. Blair who, like Albert (Mickey) Stunkard, has made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity through scholarship, mentorship and education.


For more than four decades, Dr. Blair has been involved in the area of physical activity and health, focusing on the association between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition and chronic disease. He is widely recognized as a physical activity and obesity expert, having delivered hundreds of lectures in 48 states and 50 countries. He is frequently quoted in leading magazines and newspapers and heard on radio and TV, both nationally and internationally.


Dr. Blair has truly illustrated his dedication to the field through his lifetime of contributions to better understanding the impact of physical activity on health,” said Harvey Grill, PhD, TOS President. “He is indeed an eminent exercise scientist and researcher. I salute him for his significant work to help improve the lives of those affected.”


Dr. Blair is a Fellow of TOS, and also has Fellowships in many other influential organizations including the American Epidemiological Society, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Heart Association, and the National Academy of Kinesiology. Over his career, Dr. Blair has made many contributions to obesity education through his research. With research funding of more than $25 million over the past 25+ years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Defense—as well as a variety of foundations and other organizations—Dr. Blair has published more than 600 peer‐reviewed articles and continues to publish at a rate of about 40 per year. He is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists in the world, with citations to his work appearing in more than 36,000 reports in the scientific literature and he has an h‐index of 90.


“I am extremely grateful for the great honor of being selected by TOS for the 2013 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Blair. “I have always admired and respected Professor Stunkard for his excellent research and professional accomplishments, and I consider him the epitome of a true gentleman. I will always cherish this award, and I will do my best to promote excellent standards of research and practice to advance the mission of TOS.”


Dr. Blair will be presented with this award at TOS’s Annual Scientific Meeting at ObesityWeekSM, Nov. 11-16, in Atlanta, GA. ObesityWeekSM is the premier annual scientific and educational conference for obesity professionals. This year marks the first year of the largest meeting of its kind dedicated to obesity research, treatment and prevention.


TOS developed its named awards program more than a decade ago to promote, reward and encourage research in the field of obesity. Each year TOS, the leading professional society dedicated to researching, treating and preventing obesity, announces the five esteemed recipients of its named awards to recognize the honorees for their scientific achievements and contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Find information about this year’s additional awardees online here.

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