Richard (Rick) Troiano, PhD, Epidemiologist, joined the Risk Factor
Monitoring and Methods Branch of the Applied Research Program in December 1997.
Dr. Troiano received his Master and Doctoral degrees in Nutrition from Cornell
University. In 1993, he entered government service and the Commissioned Corps of
the US Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He joined the Division of
Health Examination Statistics of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics
(NCHS), where he helped design the body composition, physical activity and
physical fitness components of the National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). These components include dual X-ray
absorptiometry (DXA) to measure body composition; an expanded physical activity
questionnaire to capture activity from transportation, occupation, and household
tasks in addition to recreation; and a submaximal treadmill test for
cardiovascular fitness. While at NCHS, Dr. Troiano published pivotal papers
documenting the dramatic increase in overweight among children and adolescents
in the United States.
Since moving to the NCI, Dr. Troiano has extended his work with the NHANES by
implementing the use of physical activity monitors in the survey to obtain
objective measures of participants' physical activity. He continues to promote
objective monitoring and the assessment of physical activity from transportation
and other non-recreation contexts in other surveys. In September 2006, Dr.
Troiano began a detail to the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion to serve as Coordinator for the development of the first Physical
Activity Guidelines for Americans.