Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council

IHRSA’s first ever Medical, Science, and Health Advisory Council advises IHRSA’s executive staff and board of directors on current research and science that advances the health and fitness industry and protects public safety while improving individual and population health.

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Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Chief Science Officer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Cedric Bryant is the president and Chief Science Officer of the American Council on Exercise, where he stewards ACE's development of strategies to deliver exercise-science and behavior-change education. He's responsible for driving innovation in the area of behavior-change programming, overseeing the development of programs that ACE Certified Professionals can utilize to help people adopt and sustain healthier lifestyles. Furthermore, he leads ACE's exploration of how science-based programs and interventions appropriately integrate into healthcare and public health. He represents ACE as a national and international presenter, writer and subject-matter expert, and highly sought-after media spokesperson. Finally, Dr. Bryant shares his expertise as a member of the National Academy of Medicine's Obesity Solutions Roundtable, the National Board of Health & Wellness Coaches’ Council of Advisors, the National Association of Physical Literacy's Advisory Board, Exercise Is Medicine's Credentialing Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Active People, Health NationPartner Committee, and the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity. He earned both his doctorate in physiology and master's degree in exercise science from Pennsylvania State University, where he received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award, the school's highest alumni honor that is given to select alumni who are considered leaders in their professional fields.