Janet E. Fulton, Ph.D., FACSM

Fulton-100x118Dr. Janet E. Fulton is an epidemiologist and team leader in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Texas-Houston, School of Public Health.

Dr. Fulton has published nearly 100 scientific articles on the epidemiology of physical activity.   The research topics covered to date by her work have included the following:  surveillance of physical activity in adults and youth, physical activity and attitudes in children, the levels of physical activity among elementary and middle school children during their physical education classes, weight loss and weight gain prevention among youth, the association between physical activity and changes in cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Dr. Fulton was the Science Coordinator and a member of the Writing Group for the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and most recently the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report:  Strategies to increase Physical Activity Among Youth.  She also served as a technical consultant to the World Health Organization for the Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health. 

She is the 2010 recipient of the American Heart Association, Steven N. Blair Award for Excellence in Physical Activity Research.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association.  Her research interests include the epidemiology of physical activity and chronic diseases, the measurement and quantification of physical activity, and population-based promotion of physical activity.

Dr. Fulton is the Principal Investigator of an intervention study to increase airport walking entitled:  “Planes, Trains, and Auto-mobility:  An Innovative Approach to Increase Walking in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport”.