Category: Department of Kinesiology & Community Health


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.”

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

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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

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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 ksaathof@illinois.edu

Campus Annoucements |Illinois faculty featured in Smarter Brains on PBS

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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

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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.