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.