Dr. Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at the American Council on Exercise (ACE) discusses ACE’s behavior change research-based philosophy called the Mover Method™ which ACE believes can have a measurable impact on public health. He also talks about health equity and how some of ACE’s exercise professionals work and live in communities where lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes/heart disease are most prevalent and he is working with organizations like the World Health Organization and the CDC to find solutions for these lifestyle diseases.
As President and Chief Science Officer, Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, stewards ACE’s development of strategies to deliver exercise-science and behavior-change education in ways that are engaging and compelling, recruiting more people to become exercise professionals and health coaches and equipping them for growth in their respective fields. He’s responsible for driving innovation in the area of behavior-change programming, overseeing the development of programs that ACE-Certified Professionals® can utilize to help people adopt and sustain healthier lifestyles. Furthermore, he leads ACE’s exploration of how science-based programs and interventions appropriately integrate into healthcare and public health. Dr. Bryant is also responsible for ensuring the scientific accuracy of ACE-commissioned studies, publications and all other materials that ACE creates. He represents ACE as a national and international presenter, writer and subject-matter expert, and highly sought-after media spokesperson. Finally, Dr. Bryant shares his expertise as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Obesity Solutions Roundtable, the National Association of Physical Literacy’s Advisory Board, the Prescription for Activity Task Force’s Leadership Council and Executive Committee, Exercise Is Medicine’s Credentialing Committee and the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching’s Council of Advisors. He earned both his doctorate in physiology and master’s degree in exercise science from Pennsylvania State University, where he received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award, the school’s highest alumni honor that is given to select alumni who are considered leaders in their professional fields. Dr. Bryant and his wife, Ginger, are avid golfers and the proud parents of four physically active young men.