Welcome from Director Mélanie Poudevigne, FACSM, CC-AASP.
It is indeed my privilege to lead the Clayton State University Health & Fitness Management Department. I have a 12-year relationship with this wonderful program, beginning in 2004 as its founding Director, then as a proud assistant professor, later as an associate, and now as a tenured full professor in Health & Fitness management– one of the most wanted program on campus, ranked in the top 10.
I have witnessed the transformative impact which this institution can have on the health of communities in need through our education of students and our research in the laboratory and in the field. We are a community of individuals who bring together expertise from a wide variety of arenas to produce new knowledge, powerful ideas, and practical solutions to major wellness challenges. Our work improves the health and transforms the lives of people everywhere, informing and influencing everything from individual habits to health care systems and government policies.
In the 20th century, advances in knowledge about how best to protect your health helped double the average life expectancy in the US and many parts of the world. But today, our progress is threatened by old pandemics such as obesity, and new controversial pandemics that endanger our wellness both physically and mentally, and our planet.
This is a crucial moment for wellness in the United States and around the world, and we, in health & fitness management have an imperative to both serve and lead. The strength of our faculty is in its diversity. I look forward to working together with the program faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends at the White House, Partnership for a Healthier America, American College of Sports Medicine Certification and Exercise is Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and The University System Regents Academic Committee in Kinesiology to harness the energy and dedication that drives every member of our Clayton State community. Together we will propel the program’s collective work to confront, understand and solve the major wellness challenges we all face.
Mélanie Poudevigne, FACSM, CC-AASP
Director & Professor, Health & Fitness Management
Chair, International Certifications, American College of Sports Medicine
Director, National Strength & Conditioning Association, Education Recognition Program
Chair, University system of Georgia, Regents Academic Committee: Physical Ed., Health Ed., & Rec.