North Dakotan named to national fitness council

A news release from the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party:

The president has named North Dakotan Dr. Stephen McDonough to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

More information on the council can be found here:

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is a committee of volunteer citizens who advise the president through the secretary of Health and Human Services about opportunities to develop accessible, affordable and sustainable physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition programs for all Americans regardless of age, background or ability. The council’s mission is to engage, educate and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. For more information about the Council and its members, visit

McDonough has worked for 30 years as a pediatrician in North Dakota. McDonough spent more than 15 years in senior positions at the North Dakota Department of Health. During his time at the Department of Health, McDonough led efforts to prevent smoking and combat childhood obesity in North Dakota.

A longtime faculty member at the University of North Dakota Medical School, he has also published articles in the New England Journal of Medicine and Pediatrics, authored a book on the history of public health in North Dakota and worked for more than a decade with Boy Scouts of America. McDonough graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado in Denver.