EPL graduate research assistant, Emily Mailey, recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Physical Activity and Public Health at Kansas State University. In addition, EPL postdoc, Sean Mullen, accepted the Assistant Professor position in Physical Activity and Health at the University of Illinois.
Archive for April, 2012
The Illinois men’s golf team entered Sunday’s final round of the Big Ten Championships leading second place Indiana and Michigan State by seven strokes. Despite the deficit, the Hoosiers fired a six-under on the first 15 holes and took over the lead on hole No. 12, where four Illinois players scored bogeys. On the back nine, Indiana was able to extend the lead as far as four strokes. Continue.
The Daily Illini | Illini men’s tennis crowned Big Ten Champs.
Nintey-two conference wins in a row. Seven consecutive regular-season Big Ten championships. Six straight Big Ten Tournament championships. A 229-16 record when ranked in the ITA Top 25 since 2005-06. The Ohio State men’s tennis team had achieved an abundance of success over the past six seasons. Those streaks are history following the Illini’s upset of the Buckeyes in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament. Continue.
Jim Konopack was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at Monmouth University and will take on the position of Chair of the School of Nursing and Health Studies this Fall. Jerry Jerome received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University. Finally, Bryan Blissmer was promoted to Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island.
Congratulations, Jim, Jerry, and Bryan!
Chambana Moms | Spectator’s Guide to the 2012 Illinois Marathon.
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been three short years since the first Illinois Marathon, but already it has become a signature event in Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois. The countdown is on to the marathon, which is actually several events taking place over two days (April 27-28). The 5K will take place Friday night, April 27. The 10K, marathon (26.2 miles) and half marathon/half wheelchair marathon (13.1) courses will be set up for race day on Saturday morning, April 28. The weekend is capped off by the Busey Youth Run on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Continue.
National Institute on Aging | Find Your Starting Point.
We want to help you become more active, get the most from your activities, and do them safely. The key is to know your starting point and build slowly from there. Knowing where you are right now will help you pick activities that are realistic for you so that you can be successful. Continue.
Cognitive decline is a pressing global health care issue. Worldwide, one case of dementia is detected every seven seconds. Mild cognitive impairment is a well recognized risk factor for dementia, and represents a critical window of opportunity for intervening and altering the trajectory of cognitive decline in seniors. A new study by researchers at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia shows that implementing a seniors’ exercise program, specifically one using resistance-training, can alter the trajectory of decline. Continue.
Health, Medical, and Science Updates | Cooper Aerobics launches new web site.
Cooper Aerobics today unveiled its new website, giving visitors the health and wellness information they need to Get Cooperized™. Getting Cooperized is at the heart of all things Cooper — eight diverse entities dedicated to helping people make good health a habit to live better, both sooner and later. Through the new website, visitors can access free health tips, learn about each entity’s programs and services, and find our two locations through one user-friendly portal. Continue.
When it comes to fitness trackers, the psychology behind them is just as important as the technology inside them. Gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit Ultra and BodyMedia Fit Link use accelerometers, altimeters and algorithms to track everything from how many steps you took to how many calories you burned. By providing this data instantaneously, and in some cases allowing you to share it via social media, they do more than inform. They reinforce, motivate and reward by turning exercise into a game. Continue.
Practices like physical exercise, certain forms of psychological counseling and meditation can all change brains for the better, and these changes can be measured with the tools of modern neuroscience, according to a review article now online at Nature Neuroscience. The study reflects a major transition in the focus of neuroscience from disease to well-being, says first author Richard Davidson, professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Continue.