Category: College of Applied Health Sciences

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


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.”

News Bureau Illinois | Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers


A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. “White matter” describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity. The team reports its findings in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Continue.

Science Daily | Child’s obesity, cognitive function linked, study finds

gty_overweight_student_math_thg_120613_wmainA University of Illinois study finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring.  Continue.

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.

veteransThe 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

The News Gazette | Wounded veterans facility at UI to be built next year.


Construction of a first-of-its-kind university facility for wounded veterans will begin on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus in 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday. Quinn came to the UI to announce that the state would provide $4 million of the $12 million needed to build the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. Continue.


Another outstanding academic year has come to a close. Our students, faculty, and staff achieved great things, and we announced our plans to establish a new facility on campus that will address the educational, personal, and social needs of veterans with severe and multiple disabilities. Read all about it in this issue of AHS E-News! 

AHS | Driscoll Named Class of 2012 Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee.

Jean Driscoll, world-renowned paralympic track champion, was named as a new member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame on Sunday. Jean will be inducted in a ceremony on July 12 at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Continue.

| U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2012 |

The College of AHS presents “Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors: Quality of Life, Fitnes, and Disease Outcomes” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 7, 2012. 

Kerry S. Courneya, PhD
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Behavioral Medicine Laboratory
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Experience AHS!

| March 10, 2012 |

The mission of the Experience AHS program is to showcase the many unique opportunities within the College, offering a glimpse of what students experience in the classroom and in the field. The majors in the College include Recreation, Sport and Tourism; Kinesiology; Interdisciplinary Health (i-Health); Community Health; and Speech and Hearing Science. The College of Applied Health Sciences offers first-class educational experiences and complements the classroom experiences with opportunities for students to apply what they have learned.