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Fitness for Life author receives AAHPERD's Luther Halsey Gulick Medal

Fitness for Life author, Charles B. (“Chuck”) Corbin
Fitness for Life author, Charles B. (“Chuck”) Corbin


At the 2009 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance national conference, Fitness for Life author, Chuck Corbin, received the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal from the alliance.

According to the alliance’s Web site, "The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal is awarded as the highest honor the American Alliance can bestow in recognition of long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions represented in the Alliance. Recipients are noteworthy leaders whose contributions inspire youth to live vigorously, courageously, and freely as citizens in a free society."

Dr. Charles B. (“Chuck”) Corbin is a professor emeritus in the department of exercise and wellness at Arizona State University. He is the senior or sole author of more than 70 books. Fitness for Life (winner of the Texty Award of the Text and Academic Authors Association), Concepts of Physical Fitness (winner of the McGuffey Award), and Concepts of Fitness and Wellness are the most widely adopted high school and college texts in the area of fitness and wellness. Human Kinetics is proud to be the pbulisher of Fitness for Life and Fitness for Life: Middle School.

Two of Dr. Corbin’s video programs have earned Telly Awards for Excellence for educational videos. He was first author of the national physical activity standards for children, published by the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Dr. Corbin is acknowledged as the father of the conceptual physical education movement that he pioneered at both the secondary school and college levels. He is internationally recognized as an expert in physical activity, health and wellness promotion, and youth physical fitness. Dr. Corbin demonstrates his commitment to physical education by sharing his work at state alliance for health, recreation and dance (AHPERD) meetings. He has been the keynote speaker at more than 35 state AHPERD conventions and has made major addresses in Brazil, Ireland, England, Australia, and various European countries. He has presented numerous named lectures including the Cureton Lecture at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convention, the Hanna and Sargent Lectures at the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (NAPEHE) convention, the Prince Phillip Lecture at the British Physical Education Association convention, and the Weiss Lecture at an American Alliance for Health, Recreation and Dance convention.

Dr. Corbin has published more than 200 professional, research, and popular articles. He is a former president and fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Among the awards he has received are the Healthy American Fitness Leaders Award (President’s Council, National Jaycees), AAHPERD Honor Award, Physical Fitness Council Honor Award, the COPEC Hanson Award, and the Distinguished Service Award of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He is a lifetime member of AAHPERD and a 30-year member and fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Corbin was named Alliance Scholar by AAHPERD, and Distinguished Scholar of NAPEHE. Dr. Corbin served as editor of several periodicals, including Quest and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport (PCPFS) Research Digest. He a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the PCPFS President’s Challenge Program and is a charter member of the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM Advisory Board.

Our congratulations to Dr. Corbin on receiving this prestigious honor.




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