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Joy Garrison Cauffman

Last updated 10/13/2021

Dr. Joy Garrison Cauffman served three U.S. presidents: Consultant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Council on Physical Fitness; Consultant, John F. Kennedy’s Council on Physical Fitness; and Member, Richard M. Nixon’s Committee on Health Education. She was the first woman to receive a professorship in the Department of Family Medicine at USC. Based on her research, sigmoidoscopies are recommended by physicians globally, helping to reduce deaths from colon cancer throughout the world. As an international lecturer and adviser to Presidents of the United States on health education and physical fitness, she has been inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame for her extraordinary accomplishments. She received a Presidential Citation for her distinguished contributions for the advancement of health education from the American Association for Health Education. “I strive to stay both physically and mentally healthy, and independent. I believe it is important to stay intellectually involved and busy throughout my life. I never stop learning and growing”.