PACE research began in 1990 with a small contract from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop tools to help primary care physicians counsel their patients on becoming more physically active. It has now grown to encompass a broad array of research aimed at developing tools that health care providers, health care systems and individuals can use to make initial and sustained improvements in physical activity, diet and other lifestyle behaviors.


PACE research is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of over 40 professionals with expertise in preventive medicine, health psychology, exercise sciences, behavioral medicine, nutrition, experimental psychology, computer sciences and engineering, media technology and graphic arts, health promotion, pediatrics, internal medicine and family medicine. In addition to the CDC, PACE research has been supported by other federal agencies (e.g. NIH, HRSA) and several entities in the private sector.

The results of PACE-related research have been published in dozens of abstracts and peer-reviewed publications, and PACE has spawned research, development and dissemination efforts in several countries outside of the US, including Canada, Japan, The Czech Republic, Portugal, The Netherlands, Russia and Brazil.

PACE Projects