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News from the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State

The College of Health and Human Development has funded several projects and initiatives to faculty members and researchers, made possible through four endowments that support undergraduate education and outreach programs.

Excitement is mounting across campus at Penn State York, as the much-awaited grand opening of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center is set for noon on Oct. 12. The ceremony will take place in the new plaza area behind the John J. Romano Administration Building and The Ruhl Center, and is open to students, faculty, staff and invited guests. The building is opening after a $13.5 million renovation and addition.

To spread the message that exercise is medicine every day and not just during EiM week, event organizers have invited university clubs and organizations focused on fitness and healthy lifestyles to share their resources and information throughout the week. Students will also participate in a fitness challenge against Michigan State University and have an opportunity to attend a free yoga session on Old Main lawn.

The College of Health and Human Development recently honored a number of faculty members with the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding instruction and dedication to undergraduate education.

Penn State Berks students majoring in kinesiology will be working with Penn State Health St. Joseph and My Gut Instinct, Inc. at the annual Guts & Glory Digestive & Wellness Expo. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, (rain date: Sunday, Oct. 9) at the First Energy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. The expo is free and open to the public.

The Penn State Berks Kinesiology Department is celebrating Exercise Is Medicine Week from October 3–7, 2016, with a variety of events and activities including daily 20-minute walks on campus; participation in a Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Multipurpose Room of the Perkins Student Center; and various activities on the lawn of the Perkins Student Center including Zumba, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, and Yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the common hour, 12:15–1:15 p.m. All events are open to students, faculty and staff of the college.

The Department of Kinesiology has added a new interdisciplinary option to better position students in the ever-changing kinesiology field. The new applied exercise and health option, which became available this semester, prepares students to work in a variety of fields, such as private or corporate fitness, hospital settings, or private or public schools.

A graduate and a freshman will represent Penn State at the 2016 Paralympic Games, to be held Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Penn State will also be represented at the Paralympics by nine students and four faculty members from the College of Communications, who will help cover the games for the Associated Press.

A team of Penn State students in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism will travel to Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 9 for 10 days to report on the world’s second-largest multi-sport festival as part of a partnership with The Associated Press and the University of Georgia.

Heat waves kill hundreds of people each year in the U.S., most of them over 70 years of age. The vast majority die of heart attack or heart failure, largely because of the demands put on the heart as it tries to pump large amounts of blood to the skin to dissipate heat. Penn State researchers have pinpointed several ways the blood vessels in our skin change as we age, making us more susceptible to heat-related heart problems.

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