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Jennifer Trilk, PhD, is an associate professor at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and director of the Lifestyle Medicine curriculum (e.g. training in nutrition, physical activity/exercise, behavior change, self-care, and resiliency) for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and various forms of cancer. Jennifer is co-founder and co-director of the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd), which provides leadership, guidance and resources to medical schools across the globe. She also is program director of Exercise is Medicine Greenville®, the first physician-referred, community-based, clinical exercise and lifestyle behavior intervention program in the U.S. to create a partnership between a medical school, health care system, and fitness organization to improve population health. In 2019, Jennifer was awarded the Exercise is Medicine Global Leadership Award from the American College of Sports Medicine for her program. In 2014, Jennifer was awarded the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award, and in 2013 she was an invited speaker for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s forum, “Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity in Medical School: Training Doctors for Prevention-Oriented Care.” Jennifer completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and earned her PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Georgia. Jennifer is a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.