Experts Available: The Global Pandemic of Inactivity

July 27, 2016

Just before the Summer Olympic Games begin in Rio, The Lancet published an update on physical activity and its impact on health. The four-paper series published July 27, 2016 concludes that physical inactivity is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers and is associated with more than 5 million deaths per year. Experts at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University are available to comment on the new findings as well as all aspects of the global pandemic of inactivity.

To schedule an interview with these experts please contact Kathy Fackelmann at 202-994-8354 or

Loretta DiPietro, PhD, chair of the Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences at Milken Institute SPH and co-author of a commentary in The Lancet special issue. She can talk about what people can do to counteract the health risks associated with sedentary behavior. She can also talk about how moderate exercise may be able to improve health and prevent diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. Dr. DiPietro is a member of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee and a nationally recognized expert in the field of exercise science.

Hannah Arem, a professorial lecturer and as of Aug. 1 an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Milken Institute SPH. Arem can talk about her 2015 study on physical inactivity and the risk of premature death. She also offers common sense recommendations on how much exercise to get in order to reduce the risk of premature death and other health problems associated with an inactive lifestyle.

About Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University: Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, more than 1,900 students from 54 U.S. states and territories and more than 50 countries pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school also offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, and an online Executive Master of Health Administration, MHA@GW, which allow students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.