University of Texas at Austin. She has been working with school-age youth in physical activity settings for more than 20 years, leading several physical activity interventions (e.g., FIT [Fitness Improves Thinking] Kids, Active + Active Healthy = Forever Fit, Fitness4Everyone). Dr. Castelli has received teaching awards in both public schools (the Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year) and higher education (University of Illinois Teaching Excellence Award). As a fellow in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Research Consortium and past Young Scholar award recipient from National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHF and AIESEP, her study of children’s physical activity and cognitive health has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), American Dietetic Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education. She has presented her work at congressional briefings in Washington, DC, in support of the FIT Kids Act. Dr. Castelli is currently a member of the IOM Committee on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth. She received a B.S. from Plymouth State University, an M.S. from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in physical education pedagogy from the University of South Carolina.
Ang Chen, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an experienced researcher in child and adolescent motivation for physical activity, learning on physical education, physical activity and physical skills assessment, and program evaluation. Dr. Chen’s studies examine relationships among curriculum, learner motivation, and physical activity outcomes, such as caloric expenditure in physical education. Specifically, he uses motivation theories to develop an innovative physical education curriculum that encourages behavioral change and enhances child and adolescent knowledge about physical activity. His recent research has focused on cognition-and motivation-based intervention on physical activity behavioral change in children and adolescents. Dr. Chen has been a principal investigator and coinvestigator in several federally funded, large-scale, multiyear physical education intervention studies with elementary and middle school students. He has published approximately 60 research articles and delivered more than 90 research presentations at national and international conferences. He received an M.Ed. from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education (currently Shanghai University of Sport) of China and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Amy A. Eyler, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the public health program at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at the University of Washington in St. Louis. Dr. Eyler conducts research as part of the Prevention