Opening speaker

Daniel Bornstein, Associate Professor, The Citadel, USA

Mark Hertling

Dr. Daniel B. Bornstein is the Director of the Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency, and Recovery and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Dan began working at The Citadel in 2013 after completing his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dan founded and was C.E.O. of two fitness companies based in Tucson, AZ, which focused on individual-level health and human performance for wide variety of populations including elite sport and military athletes. Dan’s Ph.D. and current research agenda is on effective strategies for increasing population-levels of physical activity in order to improve the fitness, health and national security.
Dan has published extensively and presents regularly at national and international conferences in the areas of physical activity and public health including: physical activity monitoring, physical activity communication, physical activity policy, and physical activity messaging. Currently, he is leading a series of research studies investigating the impacts of physical inactivity and low physical fitness on military readiness and national security. Dan’s research has been featured in over 130 media outlets worldwide, including USA Today, Newsweek, Stars and Stripes, and National Public Radio. Based on his research, Dan has provided numerous briefings to senior military personnel and lawmakers, including briefings at The Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

In addition to his research, Dan has held national leadership positions in the physical activity and public health field including: Project Coordinator for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan from 2009-2014, and Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section from 2015-2016. Dan has also served on several national committees including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Committee on Physical Activity Communications, and the American Heart Association’s Expert Advisory Group on Physical Education and Physical Activity Policy in Schools.

Dan is married to the love of his life, Meghan.  Together they have two children Mia (11) and Jake (10).

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