Congratulations to our newest Gators! The College of Health & Human Performance (HHP) gives you an education unlike anywhere else. Here, you have the opportunity to study, explore and make a profound difference in people’s lives. We empower students with the tools, knowledge and confidence to fulfill their dreams and become remarkable assets to their communities.
At HHP, you will gain more than just an education – we are confident you will also find a home.
The sixth annual “Stand-Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day” was held on Thursday, February 15. On this day, Gators from around the world donated to various causes across the University of Florida and College of Health & Human Performance.
Happy Valentine's Day! In celebration of the occasion, we share two relationships that recently blossomed in the College of Health & Human Performance.
Meet Mariana Franz and Austin Unger, and Chris Sato and Chelsea Robalino.
Rachel J.C. Fu, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, discusses the future of tourism and how Formula One and other big events look set to drive growth in the hospitality industry.
At the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance, we’re advancing the way we live, work and play by promoting healthy living, training the next generation, enhancing physical performance and enriching lives.
Congratulations to the 2023-2024 UF College of Health & Human Performance Educators of the Year celebrating Stephen Coombes, Ph.D.; Doctoral Dissertation Mentor of the Year; Anna Gardner, Ph.D., Teacher of the Year; and Jenny Neelands, Advisor of the Year.
Benjamin Gordon, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, shares his advice with the New York Times on creating an exercise plan you can actually stick with — and enjoy.
Congratulations to Christopher Janelle, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, on his promotion to senior associate dean for academic affairs at the UF College of Health & Human Performance. Michael Reid, Ph.D., dean, recently announced Dr. Janelle’s promotion.
A majority of people traveling abroad alone these days are women, and demand for women-led tour groups is rising. Stephanie Sy talked with Heather Gibson, professor of tourism, hospitality and event management, for a segment on PBS NewsHour.
The University of Florida is embarking on a multi-faceted initiative to propel the university to the global stage in sports performance, healthcare, and communication, while illuminating its world-class sports facilities and partnerships.
Congratulations to Jalie A. Tucker, Ph.D., M.P.H., Mary F. Lane Professor in Health Education & Behavior. An installation ceremony was hosted November 29 celebrating the newly endowed professor.
Dr. Tucker highlighted her research on the behavioral economics of addictive behavior change within the context of reducing alcohol-related risks and problems.
New research by George B. Cunningham, Ph.D., and Kelsey Garrison in the Department of Sport Management reveals that recent transgender athlete bans stem from state politics and public biases.
Christopher M. McLeod, Ph.D., assistant professor in sport management, was honored by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, earning the Early Career Research Award and being named a Research Fellow. Additionally, McLeod was invited to join the editorial board of “Sociology of Sport Journal.”
As the holiday season approaches, it's the perfect time to spread love and joy. One impactful way to do so is by giving back to the community and the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance offers three meaningful avenues to make a difference this December.
The University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance has recently awarded five proposals with seed funding, up to $25,000 each, for external grant submissions. This initiative aims to propel the college into the forefront of cutting-edge research by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence.
Congratulations to George B. Cunningham, Ph.D., the University Athletic Association Endowed Professor in Sport Management. An installation ceremony was hosted earlier this month celebrating the newly endowed professor.
Dr. Cunningham, chair in the Department of Sport Management, highlighted his research on diversity and inclusion in sport and physical activity.
In honor of Veterans Day, we share with you the profile of Grant Tays, a former Marine and current doctoral student working in the Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology.
Thank you to Grant Tays and all who have served.
On National First-Generation College Day, we celebrate the determination, resilience and accomplishments of those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education.
Join us in celebrating our first-generation students and learn more about their achievements. Read about two first-generation college students in the College of Health & Human Performance and hear their advice.
This fall, the college hosted its first AI Day as part of UF AI Days. The event explored the intersections of artificial intelligence, industry and the college's diverse disciplines. More than 130 community members listened to an expert panel session and keynote presentation, and participated in a generative AI student competition, research poster session and networking event.
For the third year in a row, faculty and staff in the College of Health & Human Performance met its goal achieving a 35% pledge rate and by collectively raising more than $15,000.
University of Florida faculty conducted a record $1.25 billion in research in fiscal year 2023, a nearly 15% increase over 2022. UF’s College of Health & Human Performance’s contribution was a record $12.6 million, a nearly 25% increase over 2022.
The college hosted more than 300 alumni and friends for a homecoming tailgate ahead of the football game on Saturday, October 7.
Thank you to all of the HHP Gators who were able to join us.
This year, the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance will host four celebrations recognizing senior faculty and their endowed appointments, three of which will be conferred to faculty during the ceremony.
The ceremonies are rooted in academe and mark a significant milestone in the career of the accomplished scholar. All are invited to attend.
Kyriaki Kaplanidou, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Sport Management, has been honored as a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. The academy honors individuals who have contributed significantly to the study of and application of the art and science of human movement and physical activity.
Nominations are open for Teacher of the Year, Adviser of the Year, Outstanding Young Alumni, Alumni Hall of Fame and the B.K. Stevens Award. Consider nominating a member of the UFHHP community today!
A global, multidisciplinary team of bioethicists, health policy experts, commercial spaceflight professionals and space health researchers, including Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, has developed guiding principles and best practices to help ensure human research conducted in space is safe and inclusive.
This fall, the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance celebrated a record enrollment of 3,000 students – a 20 percent increase from five years ago. Additionally, the college welcomed four new faculty bringing the total number of faculty to 77.
From muscle loss to radiation exposure, space can take a toll on astronauts. Researchers like Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, are on a mission to protect our space pioneers before they journey to Mars.
Orlando Laitano, Ph.D., (pictured left) assistant professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, and Gemma Casadesus, Ph.D., professor from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, have been awarded a substantial 3-year research grant of $1.8 million by the Department of Defense (DoD). This grant will support their groundbreaking research focused on unraveling the intricate interplay of ovarian hormones in exertional heat stroke pathophysiology.
On Sept. 27, students and employers will take to the courts to discover and discuss internship and career opportunities. HHP’s Internship and Job Fair will be held in the Florida Gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Barbie Pressly Tilman (BSR '00) is the president of the University of Florida Alumni Association (UFAA), fostering alumni connections and inspiring current and future students.
Demetra Christou, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, has received a two-year $419,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging to investigate the effectiveness of two exercise regimens in reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease in breast cancer survivors.
Amy Mobley, Ph,D., a nutrition educator and registered dietitian, has been honored with the 2023 Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB). This prestigious recognition celebrates her contributions to nutrition education and behavior change, positively impacting public health globally.
Congratulations to Zheng Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor in applied physiology & kinesiology, for being recognized with the 2023 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors — one of the university’s top awards for tenure-track faculty members.
This summer, 12 faculty members earned promotions.
Congratulations to JeeWon Cheong, Ph.D., Leonardo Ferreira, Ph.D., Kristina Garcia-Guettler, Ph.D., Jinwon Kim, Ph.D., Diba Mani, Ph.D., Megan McVay, Ph.D., Terence Ryan, Ph.D., Svetlana Stepchenkova, Ph.D., Alyssa Tavormina, Ph.D., Brady Tripp, Ph.D., Patricia Tripp, Ph.D., and Christine Wegner, Ph.D.
Imagine an NBA game played outdoors. In August. In Phoenix. Tip-off is at noon. There are no timeouts. There is no halftime. There are no substitutions. And players must wear snowsuits, gloves, and ski masks. Sounds ridiculous, right?
Yet race car drivers routinely compete under similar conditions.