The Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Mental Well-Being was established in 2021 by Governor Gavin Newsom to explore healthy strategies to ensure Californians can thrive both physically and mentally. The Council launched the Move Your Body, Calm Your Mind campaign in 2023 to provide Californians with Quick and simple ways to get active and increase mental well-being.


Our mission is to promote equitable and sustainable access to physical fitness and mental well-being resources for ALL Californians, prioritizing youth and families.

Council Goals:

  1. Promote evidence-based, daily mindfulness and breathwork practices for youth and families, especially at schools.
  2. Promote all types of physical activity for youth and families with a focus on daily movement, skill development and play, especially at schools.
  3. Reimagine a more positive and inclusive sports and fitness culture for California youth and families to bolster health, community and belonging for ALL Californians.

Council Members


Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jennifer Siebel NewsomFirst Partner
State of California
Ronnie Lott
Ronnie Lott10-Time Pro Bowler and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee


Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD
Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhDProfessor of Clinical Internal Medicine Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) Director, Community Engagement Program of the Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC)
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Brandi Chastain
Brandi ChastainOlympic and World Cup Champion
Cofounder, Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative
Jessica Cruz
Jessica CruzCEO
NAMI California
Nisha Devi
Nisha DeviFounder
Kala Wellness
Fran Gallati
Fran GallatiPresident & CEO
YMCA of the East Bay
Ashley Hunter
Ashley HunterFounder and Executive Director
Fit Kids
Savannah Linhares
Savannah LinharesScience Teacher, Girls Basketball Coach, and PCA Double Goal Coach 2020
Wilson Middle School
William D. Parham, Ph.D, ABPP
William D. Parham, Ph.D, ABPPProfessor, Counseling Program, and Director, Center for Trauma Informed Education (CTIE)
Loyola Marymount University
Stephen Revetria
Stephen RevetriaPresident
Giants Enterprises
Francesca Schuler
Francesca SchulerPresident
California Fitness Alliance
Dr. Dan Siegel
Dr. Dan SiegelMD and Executive Director
Mindsight Institute
Renata Simril
Renata SimrilPresident & CEO
LA84 Foundation
Dave Stewart
Dave StewartOakland A's Player, Roberto Clemente Award Winner and A's Pre/Post Game Analyst
NBC California
Dr. Vernon Williams, MD, FAAN
Dr. Vernon Williams, MD, FAANDirector, Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic
Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi YamaguchiOlympic Gold Medalist
Always Dream