John M. Jakicic, PhD has been appointed as the Founding Director of the Healthy Lifestyle Institute.  Dr. Jakicic is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Activity and is also the Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center.  Dr. Jakicic has a national and international reputation as a leading scholar in the area of healthy lifestyles, with a particular emphasis on the role of physical activity.  He has also been at the forefront of applying innovative intervention approaches to modify lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity and eating/diet.  Dr. Jakicic has served on various national and international committees to develop physical activity guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic conditions, and is currently serving on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee.   Thus, he has been influential in the heightened awareness of key lifestyle behaviors to improve health.