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Joslyn Ahlgren, PhD, master lecturer in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, shares recommendations on how to support the #LGBTQ+ community.

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This summer, Dean Michael Reid announced several updates within the leadership in the Office of Faculty and Staff Affairs.

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On June 17, 2020, Provost Joseph Glover announced four faculty members earned promotions. Congratulations!

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Read the letter from Dean Michael Reid to the HHP community.

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Meredith Berry featured on UF CARE Podcast

Dr. Meredith Berry, assistant professor in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, discusses her research into substance use and misuse in the latest UF CARE podcast with host Dr. Oliver Grundmann in the UF College of Pharmacy.

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HHP Resources on inclusion, diversity, equity and access

Thank you to the many members of the HHP community who attended our recent town hall focused on the tragic killings of George Floyd, David McAtee, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others from the African American community.⁣

Learn more about ways you can support the work of inclusion, diversity, equity and access, visit the incusion section of our website and stay tuned for future events.⁣

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Attention HHP Graduate Students, Share your voice and take the Graduate Student Information and Resource Survey today. Your input will allow us to schedule programming that speaks directly to your interests and needs. 

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SPM alum aids restaurant workers impacted by pandemic

UF Sport Management alumnus and acclaimed chef Edouardo Jordan chose to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by feeding others currently out of work in the Seattle restaurant community. Chef Jordan’s first restaurant, Salare, recently partnered with a local group to begin a community kitchen which provides meals for free to those in the hospitality industry. “We won’t turn away anyone who needs a meal,” says Jordan.

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APK's Elisabeth Barton earns distinguished professorship

Elisabeth Barton, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, was one of 33 faculty members across campus named as UFRF Professor for 2020 by the University of Florida Research Foundation. The recognition acknowledges faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

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HHP researcher talks about exercising and Covid-19

What are the risks that go with increased physical activity during the coronavirus pandemic? It is difficult for science to weigh in with specific guidance because of the many variables involved, says Scott Powers, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology.

“If you’re in an environment where the virus exists, your risk of inhaling viral particles goes up because of the increased amount of gas you’re bringing into your lungs during heavy exercise,” said Powers.

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COVID-19 Tips: Steve Young and Michelle Smith on Athlete Development for High School Students

Steve Young, graduate student in sport management, talks with Michelle Smith, assistant dean for inclusion, about athlete development for high school students during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Interning During a Pandemic

HHP seniors found their final semester internships cancelled or changed with short notice this spring in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But the sudden transition didn’t stop students from making the most out of their spring semester immersion experiences — a requirement for the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

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HHP Researchers offer insights into root cause of dysmetria in essential tremor patients

In a new study, APK professor and lead researcher Evangelos Christou, Ph.D., and colleagues (left to right: Drs. Basma Yacoubi, Agostina Casamento Moran and Christou.) at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health describe using deep brain stimulation to determine the source of the dysmetria in patients with essential tremor, a disorder that causes involuntary shaking. “The results have important implications for the understanding of essential tremor and other cerebellar and tremor disorders,” said Christou.

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Unstoppable Minds: Sport Management’s Mariel White

Hear how Mariel White, a student in sport management, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)—formerly known as Churg Strauss syndrome as a sophomore—and how it left her paralyzed from the waist down.

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Welcome #UF24

To all of our #UF24 Gators: Find out more about HHP where we invite you to study, explore and make a profound difference in people’s lives.

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Global Giving Day

For the past two years, HHP has been able to provide more than 100 scholarships because of our generous donors like faculty emeritus and retired dean Jill Varnes who recently made a generous gift to support scholarships. On this Global Giving Day, if you are able, we ask that you consider donating to our students, many of whom are experiencing additional hardships during this pandemic. 


Help us celebrate the #UFHHPgrad Class of 2020

Join us on Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m. for an online celebration of our graduates. We encourage you to join the celebration by posting with the #UFHHPgrad and #UFgrad hashtags.

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Dr. McVay conducts research on behavioral aspects of weight management.

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HHP faculty win Teaching Excellence Award

Through their profound dedication to developing creative ways to inspire students and deliver engaging courses, Amber Emanuel, Ph.D., and Diba Mani, Ph.D., have both been awarded the UF Center for Teaching Excellence Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award recognizes faculty for their commitment to ongoing educational improvements and excellence.

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Congratulations to our 2020 Spring Award Honorees

While we won’t be able to gather in person, we did want to take this opportunity to recognize our outstanding Spring Award honorees. Read about them and offer your congrats!

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Women in Athlete Development Symposium goes virtual

Organizers of the two-day symposium featuring nationally respected women leaders, experts, practitioners and researchers in the field of athlete development moved the event online. More than 80 professionals and students from the U.S. and abroad participated along with 16 speakers and special guests who shared valuable industry knowledge and insight.

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Tourism and Travel in the wake of COVID-19

On April 6, Lori Pennington-Gray, director of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute and professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Event Management held an “Ask Me Anything” forum on Reddit. Pennington-Gray discussed the effects that COVID-19 may have on future travel and answered questions from users of the popular message board.

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HEB Senior Joins UF 2020 Hall of Fame

Health education and behavior senior Amber Donald joins the UF Hall of Fame. Donald said that she has always had a passion for serving the community. She credits her involvement as the president of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health students, volunteer work in Delta Sigma Theta and participation in the club Black Women in Medicine as essential to her college experience.

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Kim Holton's research and instructional areas of interest include worksite health promotion, stress management, mindfulness, and complementary and integrative medicine.

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Though we find ourselves away from campus, we wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to our graduate students.

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COVID-19 Tips: Laura Barnes on Supporting Athletes

Laura J. Barnes, a UF sport management graduate student, considers the athlete-development perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Robert Leeman's research interest is focused on the relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors.

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Researchers in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, in coordination with the HHP Research Office, have stepped up, donating gloves, face masks, N95 respirators, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer, to UF Health.

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Congratulations to the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM). The APK online master’s was ranked #1 in the 2020 Best Online Master’s category for Exercise Science by the Guide to Online Schools. In addition, the APK online exercise science program ranked #13 in affordability by Online U. THEM was ranked #5 for Most Affordable Online Master’s in the category of hospitality management.

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Faculty Recognized at Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association Awards

On Friday, March 6, 2020, the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) recognized two faculty members in athletic training at the annual clinical symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. Patricia Tripp, Ph.D., was inducted in the SEATA Hall of Fame Class of 2020 and Brady Tripp, Ph.D., was awarded the Educational/Administrative Award.

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HHP Welcomes Inaugural Chair for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Rachel J.C. (Chen) Fu, Ph.D., will join the College of Health & Human Performance as the chair for the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management effective August 1, 2020. Dr. Fu joins the college from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is a professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management.

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Domestic travel fears increasing due to coronavirus

The number of American travelers who said domestic air travel should be avoided increased from 32% to 43% in three weeks, according to a new survey.

Researchers in UF HHP have been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on Americans’ travel plans since the onset of the outbreak in January. These results come from the third round of data gathered in a nationwide online survey of 500 U.S. travelers March 3 and 4, 485 U.S. travelers on February 7 to 9, and 550 U.S. travelers on January 26 and 27.

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Two THEM Professors Receive Fellow Status

Dr. Heather Gibson and Dr. Brijesh Thapa, professors in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM) were recognized for their contributions to academe. Dr. Gibson was elected as Fellow in the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. Dr. Thapa was elected as Fellow into The Academy of Leisure Sciences.

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The College of Health & Human Performance continues its Motorsports Forum on Tuesday, March 3 with a lecture from Charlie Kimball, American race car driver, from 3-4 p.m. in the Florida Gym, Room 250. The event is open to the public. 

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HHP, UF celebrate successful Giving Day

On the second annual “Stand-Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day," Gators from around the world donated to various causes across UF and in support of the College of Health & Human Performance. The goals were raised from last year, and Gators came through in flying colors!

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Explore Latest issue of Performance Magazine

Performance Magazine is a place to celebrate the successes of our faculty, students and alumni. We also hope it's a useful tool to keep you updated on the most recent happenings. Click link below to read the current issue:

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UF Tourism Team Wins for Best Insights

The group, composed by Dr. Andrei Kirilenko, researcher at the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute (EFTI), and two Ph.D. candidates, Shihan (David) Ma and Lijuan Su, from the UF Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM), won the "Best Insights" award at the Expedia X ENTER2020 Data Science Competition held at the University of Surrey in early January.

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Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs Rise to #4 in the Nation

UF Online rose to the No. 4 spot in the 2020 rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the best online programs in the country, up from No. 5 in 2019. This ranking includes the College of Health & Human Performance online bachelor degrees in Sport Management and Health Education and Behavior.

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Join HHP for the Internship and Job Fair Feb. 19

On Feb. 19, students and employers will take to the courts to discover and discuss internship and career opportunities available within the health and wellness, tourism, hospitality, event management and sport management industries. HHP’s bi-annual Internship and Job Fair will be held in the Florida Gym from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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remodel project needs student input

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Tourism, Event & Recreation Management Bachelor of Science Degree Now Online

Starting in 2020, UF brings the total number of online UF bachelor’s degrees available via UF Online to 22 with a fully online Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism, Event and Recreation Management (TERM). This is the first online offering of its kind in the entire State of Florida University system. Students will focus on learning the managerial side of hospitality, as compared to other programs that focus on teaching technical skills. The curriculum teaches students how to lead teams and make business decisions relevant to the industry. Professional core courses cover topics such as entrepreneurship, event management, research methods, and more.

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Students Place in Top Three at Convention Management Competition

Four students in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management placed as a top 3 finalist in the PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) annual student competition which was held on December 2, 2019. The competition featured teams representing universities from around the country.

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HHP News Archive

Discover what our faculty, staff, students and alumni were up to in recent years: