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Walk to Remember

NYT Well |A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times a Week, Has Benefits for Dementia

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Exercise may bolster the brain function and thinking skills of people with dementia, according to a new report. The study’s findings suggest that walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of age-related memory loss that otherwise has few treatments. Continue.

EPL alumna, Neha Gothe, will be joining the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health effective August 16, 2017. Neha will be the new director of the EPL (with assistance from EM!). We are delighted to have Neha back and wish her every success in her new UIUC career.

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Congratulations, Neha!!

Congratulations, Dr. Awick!

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Congratulations to EPL graduate research assistant, Elizabeth A. Awick, on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation:

“Exercise Duration for Cognitive Health in Breast Cancer Survivors”

Click here to learn more about Elizabeth’s research interests.

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Many of the EPL alumni back together again for dinner at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine – sporting EPL t-shirts of course!

 

Ehlers Accepts New Position

Diane Ehlers, an American Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Fellow in the EPL, recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.

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Congratulations, Diane!

EPL Alum Takes New Position

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Curt Lox, an EPL Alumnus and currently the Dean of the School of Education, Health & Human Behavior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has accepted a new position.  He will become the Dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida in July.

Congratulations and the best of luck to Curt!

Presented to a current Undergraduate Research Assistant who has demonstrated the EDDIE qualities of Excellence, Dedication, Diligence, Integrity, and Efficiency in the Exercise Psychology Lab.

Students who have been chosen to be members of the EPL research team have already shown themselves to be exemplary students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.  The recipient of this award, presented on a regular basis throughout the academic year, has been chosen because actions demonstrated in recent weeks exemplify the EDDIE qualities that help make the EPL a success.

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The EDDIE Award goes to: Caroline Walsh

…for her enthusiasm, dedication and diligence with EPL protocols, and warmth and friendliness with all research participants

Keep up the great work, Caroline!

Congratulations to Susan Houseworth for receiving the Academic Professional Excellence Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences!

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Message from the Dean: “Providing high quality service and instruction to our undergraduate students is a point of particular pride in the College of AHS. We are proud of Susan’s commitment to excellence and are pleased to recognize her achievements in this area.  Her accomplishments are a positive reflection on all of us.”

Science Daily | Math learned best when children move

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Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies. Well-being and learning among school age children has a significant impact on how children fare later on in life. Therefore, frameworks for elementary school teaching and learning must be optimized.  Continue.

Move More & Be Happy

NYT Well | Get up and move. It may make you happier.

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When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to psychological health. Epidemiological studies have found, for example, that people who exercise or otherwise are active typically are less prone to depression and anxiety than sedentary people. Continue.