President Biden Appoints 30 New Members to Fitness and Nutrition Council, Including NBA Star and Olympian
President Joe Biden has announced the appointment of almost 30 new members to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. The council’s mission, according to the White House, is to promote accessible, healthy eating and physical activity for all Americans, and to raise national awareness of the importance of mental health as it pertains to physical fitness and nutrition.
Among the new members are Golden State Warriors point guard and nine-time NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and his wife, renowned chef and restauranteur Ayesha Curry. Phillies baseball icon Ryan Howard and Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim are also among the newest appointees.
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition is a federal advisory committee that has included past chairpersons like former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Yankees legend Mariano Rivera. Its goal is to improve the health and wellness of all Americans through physical activity and a healthy dietSponsored Product. The council also focuses on promoting the important connection between physical fitness and mental health.
The council’s new appointed members represent a diverse cross-section of the sports and fitness industries, as well as leaders in healthcare, nutrition, and community health.
New Members of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition
- Dr. Maribel Campos Rivera: Physician and board-certified in pediatrics, neonatal and perinatal medicine, and obesity medicine.
- Tamika Catchings: 10-time WNBA All-Star, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, and WNBA Champion.
- Ayesha Curry: Restauranteur, chef, two-time New York Times bestselling author, producer, host, and entrepreneur.
- Stephen Curry: Golden State Warriors point guard with nine NBA All-Star selections and four NBA Championships, and the all-time leading scorer in Warriors history.
- Jon Feinman: Founder and CEO of InnerCity Weightlifting, building upon his experience in AmeriCorps and as a personal trainer.
- Tina Flournoy: Former chief of staff to Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Bill Clinton.
- Jose Garces: Iron Chef and James Beard Award-winning entrepreneur and food innovator, leading culinary authority of Spanish and Latin-American food.
- J. Nadine Gracia: President and CEO of the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health, advocates for optimal health for every person and community.
- Meg Ham: President of the Food Lion grocery chain, leads 82,000 associates who provide food to approximately 10 million customers across the Southeaster and Mid-Atlantic states.
- Kahina Haynes: Executive director of The Dance Institute of Washington in D.C., working toward equity in community health.
- Ryan Howard: Former Major League Baseball player who spent most of his career playing first base for the Phillies, became the fastest player to reach 100 and 200 home runs.
- Martin E. Ingelsby: Head basketball coach at the University of Delaware, just finished his seventh season leading the Blue Hens.
- Barbie Izquierdo: Director of advocacy for neighbors engagement at Feeding America, founder of Community Driven Consulting LLC.
- Ben Jacobs: Tribal member of the Osage Nation of northeast Oklahoma, co-founder of Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery and Tocabe Indigenous Marketplace based in Denver.
- Chloe Kim: First female in history to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in halfpipe snowboarding, representing the United States at the Winter Games in 2018 and 2022.
- Chaunte Lowe: Olympic high jumper who has competed in four Olympic Games, 12-time U.S. national champion in her sport.
- Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi: Family doctor, associate professor and director for health equity at Duke University’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, co-founded LATIN-19, a multi-sector group addressing Hispanic health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
- Elana Meyers Taylor: Most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympic history, winning five Olympic medals in four Olympic Games for Team USA as a bobsledder.
- Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian: Cardiologist, Jean Mayer Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
- Kim Ng: Highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the 30 MLB teams, first woman hired to the general manager position by any of the professional men’s sports teams in the North American Major Leagues.
- Allison O’Toole: CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, a regional food bank that aims to change the way hunger is addressed in America.
- Dr. Oluwaferanmi Oyedeji Okanlami: Assistant professor of family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and urology at Michigan Medicine, as well as an adjunct assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at UCLA.
- Laura Ricketts: Entrepreneur, community advocate, and co-owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club.
- Stefany Shaheen: Advocate, entrepreneur, and business leader who co-founded Good Measures, which works to harness the power of food as medicine.
- Billy Shore: Founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength, which through campaigns like No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters, has reduced childhood hunger across the United States.
- Michael Solomonov: Co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants, chef widely recognized for bringing Israeli cuisine to diners across the U.S. and around the world.
- Melissa Stockwell: The first female American soldier to lose a limb in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was honored with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for her service. And she has become one of the world’s most elite Para-triathletes, winning three world championship titles and becoming the 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist.
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition has been entrusted to improve the health and wellness of all Americans. The new members offer a diverse collection of experiences in sports, fitness, nutrition, community health, and leadership. Their appointment serves as a reminder that physical fitness and mental health are essential components of a healthy lifestyle. By promoting healthy living and accessible eating, the council aims to create a healthier and more active America.