The Daily Illini | UI professor encourages active, healthy lifestyle
Dr. Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko’s workspace is far from ordinary. Although a computer monitor is positioned at the top of his desk, a treadmill takes the place of his chair. In addition to his work as a Khan professor in AHS and the department head of Kinesiology and Community Health, he uses the time spent in the office to exercise. Every once in a while, he will stop what he is doing and do sets of pushups. Chodzko-Zajko, an active father of three children under 3 years old, has found an exercise routine and diet that suits his schedule. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of London and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, he has focused his research on the different effects that exercise and physical activity have on health and quality of life. His decision to lead a healthy, active life is one that he said is all about “personal empowerment and self advocacy.” Continue.
The College of Applied Health Sciences cordially invites you and your guest to the groundbreaking ceremony for The Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
908 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, Illinois (one-half block west of Lincoln Avenue, next to the Family Resiliency Center) Acceptances only by November 6 to email@example.com
Campus Annoucements |Illinois faculty featured in Smarter Brains on PBS
Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Edward McAuley, Beckman faculty member and professor of kinesiology and community health, and Gillian Cooke, Beckman postdoctoral researcher, are featured in “Smarter Brains,” a program airing on WILL-TV at 9 pm Wednesday, August 21. (The program also airs 1 pm Sat, Aug. 17; 1 am Sun, Aug. 18; 1 pm Mon, Aug. 19; and 3:30 am Wed, August 21.) The program explores the amazing science behind human intelligence and how it shapes enjoyment of the world around us. Using inspirational stories, computer-generated illustrations and interviews with researchers and experts, the program shows how all of us can use everyday techniques and skills to keep ourselves smart, active, and vibrant throughout our lives. Continue.
News Bureau | Team explores the effects of exercise on ulcerative colitis
A new study indicates that aerobic exercise can lessen – or worsen – the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, depending on the circumstances under which the exercise is undertaken. The researchers found that, in contrast to their sedentary peers, mice allowed to run freely on an exercise wheel for six weeks had fewer symptoms of colitis after exposure to a chemical agent that induces colitis symptoms in mice. However, mice forced to run at a moderate pace on a treadmill a few times per week for six weeks had more colitis symptoms and higher mortality after exposure to the agent than sedentary mice, the researchers found. Continue.
KCH News & Announcements | Cureton Profiled as University of Illinois Innovator.
Thomas K. Cureton, Jr., who taught at the University of Illinois from 1941 to 1969, is known as the father of physical fitness. He lectured around the world and wrote more than 50 books encouraging people to lead a healthier life. Professor Cureton served on the U.S. President’s Council on Physical Fitness during five administrations. He was also a champion swimmer who once held 14 world records. Thanks to Cureton, the study of physical fitness is now an accepted science.
Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors: Quality of Life, Fitness, and Disease Outcomes
Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 PM
114 Huff Hall
Kerry S. Courneya, PhD
Behavioural Medicine Laboratory
University of Alberta
Medical Xpress | Exercise triggers stem cells in muscle.
University of Illinois researchers determined that an adult stem cell present in muscle is responsive to exercise, a discovery that may provide a link between exercise and muscle health. The findings could lead to new therapeutic techniques using these cells to rehabilitate injured muscle and prevent or restore muscle loss with age.
In 1944, Thomas K. Cureton became the director of the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory, one of the first of its kind in the nation. He developed methods to test motor and cardiovascular fitness and aquatic performance and to appraise the human physique. Cureton played a major role in the development of the fitness movement in America.
Kinesiology & Community Health
Fall 2011 Colloquium, BioBehavioral Kinesiology
Friday, November 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
Department of Nutrition
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Talk Title: “One Size Does Not Fit All:
Alternatives to Traditional Obesity Treatment”
Dr. Tate is a clinical psychologist with primary research interest in interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity. She is jointly appointed in the School of Public Health in the Departments of Health Behavior and Health Education and the Department of Nutrition and holds an appointment in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The focus of Dr. Tate’s programmatic line of research is in developing public health alternatives to standard clinical treatments for obesity incorporating technology and informatics. She also has an interest in developing health communications about dietary and physical activity changes for weight loss and maintenance. Her National Institute of Health funded research is an extension of her work in developing and evaluating Internet behavioral weight loss programs incorporating new technology such as palm-based diet and physical activity monitoring and online chat support. She is also the principal investigator of a study funded by the US Courts to develop an Internet component for weight loss for adolescent girls. She is part of a research team recently funded by the CDC to examine the effectiveness of Internet weight loss programs combined with incentives for weight loss in worksites.
Faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health study all aspects of health, rehabilitation, and human movement across the lifespan. Faculty Research Highlights summarizes some of these projects. Other research exploration includes:
- lifespan physical activity
- community health
- rehabilitation counseling
- well-being and inclusion
- physical culture and education
- human factors
- human performance
Click here to learn more about the department’s research groups and labs.