Dr. Jim Annesi joined the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta in early 2000 as Director of Wellness Advancement. He has been on the faculties of Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey; and has held appointments with the Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Trinitas Medical Center, and Enhanced Performance Technologies.
Jim’s research program includes approximately 100 peer-reviewed studies related to behavior change theory and methods applied to exercise adherence, weight management, and the effects of physical activity on depression, stress, self-image, and other mental health and quality-of-life factors. His recent findings on the linkages between physical activity, psychological and perceptual changes, and sustained weight loss, form the basis for an emerging system for the large-scale treatment and prevention of obesity in both adults and adolescents – with an emphasis on sustaining improvements.
Jim has also authored numerous articles and chapters, and three books, that translate scientific research for applied use. His programs, THE COACH APPROACH, Youth Fit For Life, The Health and Fitness Experience, and Start For Life, are presently used within a variety of preventive medicine, community health promotion, and academic medicine settings in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and Japan. They have been supported by agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, U.S. Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Canadian Interior Health Authority. Endorsement of their positive effects has been given by the National Institutes of Health’s Research-tested Intervention Programs.
Jim is a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior, and serves as an advisor and contributor to a number of media outlets and health advocacy institutions on issues related to behavioral medicine and health behavior change.