School of Biological and Population Health Sciences
Center for Healthy Aging Research
Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
Extension Family and Community Health Program
Physical Activity and Public Health
Examining the effects of a physically active lifestyle on the prevention and management of chronic disease. Efforts are primarily directed toward promotion of skeletal health across the lifespan and prevention of childhood obesity. Settings include schools, family child care homes and communities. Examples of current work include 1.) Examination of early childhood exercise training potential to positively enhance skeletal health; 2.) Development, dissemination and evaluation of community-based fall and fracture prevention programs; 3.) Use of community-based participatory research strategies to support healthy eating and physical activity in rural areas; 4.) Promotion of physical activity and healthful eating in child care settings to improve children’s health.