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Ken Fox has dedicated his career to research and policy development in the field of exercise and health. His books are in exercise psychology and include The physical self: From motivation to well-being and he has developed research instruments to measure physical self-perceptions that are used worldwide.  He was senior scientific editor of the 2004 Chief Medical Officer’s report on physical activity and health and has acted as a special advisor to the Health Select Committee Enquiry on Obesity, the government’s Foresight panel for obesity, and is a member of the scientific panel for the new Cross Governmental Obesity Strategy Unit. His current research projects include exercise and depression in primary care and Project OPAL which is investigating the socio-environmental and psychosocial determinants of activity in older people. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Ken has produced over 180 research and professional papers and has been made a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, The Physical Education Association, and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He is a past physical education teacher and coach and father of two grown up sons.

Nanette Mutrie, Ph.D., is Professor of Exercise and Sport Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. She directs the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration [www.sparcoll.org.uk] and has researched ways of increasing active living both in clinical populations and in the community. With her students and colleagues, she has published over 100 peer reviewed articles on exercise behaviour and intervention strategies.  Nanette is an Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist with both the British Psychological Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science. Nanette contributed to the Scottish Government’s strategy ‘let’s make Scotland more active’ and was chair of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) programme on physical activity and the environment.

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