Jacqueline (Jackie) Epping is a Senior Health Scientist with the Applied Research, Guidelines and Policy Team of the Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has played key roles in the creation of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the National Physical Activity Plan, the National Physical Activity Society and the proposed Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability. Jackie is a member of the national Coordination Team currently updating the Community Guide Recommendations for interventions to increase physical activity. She serves on the National Steering Committee for the US Play Coalition, the Board of Directors of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, the Kids and K-9s for Healthy Choices program, the National Advisory Committee for the American Fitness Index. She serves as federal advisor to the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity and the National Physical Activity Society and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Jackie has delivered over 100 presentations nationally and internationally. She has authored or co-authored 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, three book chapters and a book.
She has a particular research interest in dog walking as a mechanism for increasing physical activity and improving health, and facilitates an international research interest group in this area.