A fascination with movement and the human body, led Cedric Bryant to study human biology. Now, he's the spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.

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CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER
Cedric Bryant

What do you do? I serve as [the Seattle-based] chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise, providing scientific and technical oversight in the conceptualization, design, development and implementation of our educational materials, certification exams, continuing education courses and sponsored research studies. In addition, I serve as the key technical spokesperson for the Council in national media (television, print, radio) and as a speaker at major national and international educational conferences and events.

How did you get started in that field? I’ve always had a fascination with movement and the human body, which led me to study human biology in college. After completing my undergraduate degree and playing baseball at Rutgers, I earned both my master’s degree in exercise science and doctorate in physiology from Pennsylvania State University. My experiences doing research at the Noll Human Performance Lab at Penn State propelled me onto my professional journey.

What’s a typical day like? What I love about my work is that I really never have a “typical” day. One day could involve writing and editing, another conducting a number of media interviews, and yet another could entail serving as a subject-matter expert on a national panel (e.g., The Institute of Medicine’s Obesity Solutions Roundtable or Harvard’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine). I find the day-to-day variety highly energizing.

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What’s the best part of the job? In addition to the aforementioned variety, the work that I do with the media and being able to answer the questions that seem to be top-of-mind for consumers is one of the more gratifying and rewarding aspects of my job, because I often receive emails and tweets from people thanking me for answering their questions in an easy-to-understand manner.

What surprises people about your job? Perhaps the thing about my job that most surprises people is that I do virtually all of my editing work while exercising on either a treadmill or Stepmill.

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