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At HHP, we’re advancing the way we live, work and play by promoting healthy living, training the next generation, enhancing physical performance and enriching lives.

Below are stories that cut across our departments and demonstrate how we are advancing critical research in human wellness, equipping students for their field and future, and translating academic findings to improve lives.

Training Firefighters to be Peer Fitness Counselors

Firefighters put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call. But in order to do so, they must be physically able to handle the stressors of the job.

Anna Gardner, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, is working to keep these public servants in optimal shape not only for the good of the community but also for their personal health.

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HHP contributes to the university’s $1 billion in research expenditures

Halfway through the year, the University of Florida surpassed a milestone of $1 billion in research spending across all colleges. The College of Health & Human Performance has been part of that success with $10 million of its own in expenditures contributing to the wealth of knowledge coming out of Gainesville every year.

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Transforming the Future Through AI

TThe word “artificial intelligence” used to conjure up images of science fiction. Now the technology represents a reality for the way we conduct business, research and even leisure. HHP researchers have begun to immerse their disciplines in the realm of AI as a powerful tool to process their data.

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Celebrating World Tourism Day: Tourism for Inclusive Growth

World Tourism Day, celebrated each year on September 27, is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value worldwide. Read 27 resolutions that Rachel J.C. Fu, professor and chair of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management and director of the Eric Freidheim Tourism Institute, is planning to honor the occasion.

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Heatstroke's long-term damage to the body

This summer, huge swaths of the U.S. have already faced record-breaking heat waves. Heat kills more people than any other extreme weather event, and deadly heat waves are getting longer and hotter as the climate warms.

Staying cool – and informed – is essential. So we spoke with Thomas Clanton, Ph.D., a professor of applied physiology and kinesiology and an expert in the effects of heat on the body, about how to recognize heat illness and the long-term consequences of this kind of stress.

Read more at UF News >

Study: Managers exhibit bias based on race, gender, disability and sexual orientation

Newly published study work shows that managers are likely to express bias, particularly in implicit forms.

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Paying it Forward: Inspiring Middle School Students to be Unstoppable

A former linebacker for the Florida Gators who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sport management is now a passionate educator and middle school math teacher in his hometown of Belle Glade, Florida. Hygens Succes reinvests in the community that shaped him because his journey as a first-generation college student was supported by the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (MFOS). 

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UF study shows DBS may improve gait and balance in some essential tremor patients

For some patients with essential tremor, deep brain stimulation has been shown to improve tremor in the upper limbs, but its impact on other effects, such as gait and balance issues, is unclear.

The new 34-participant study was led by Evangelos Christou, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology & kinesiology, and a team of UF neuroscientists.

Read more at McKnight Brain Institute >

A Driving Force: Exploring Auto Racing Physiology

Researchers David Ferguson, Ph.D., and Michael Reid, Ph.D., are collaborating with the FastMD Racing Team to open the conversation of auto racing physiology. Together, they are exploring the physical challenges faced by drivers.

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New Health Education and Behavior Research Focuses on Improving Participation in Research Trials

Danielle Jake-Schoffman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior, recently published “Methods-Motivational Interviewing Approach for Enhanced Retention and Attendance” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looking at how an in-depth orientation for prospective participants can benefit clinical trials of behavioral interventions.

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Question & Answer with Andrei Kirilenko on Florida Tourism

Learn about a recent study led by Andrei Kirilenko, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, looking into the economic and social value of the tourism industry in Florida.

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Middle School Summer Camp “Girls With Nerve” Empowers the Pursuit of Neuroscience

UF Researchers Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., and Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., teamed up to bring more than 20 middle school students to campus this summer for a free, week-long summer camp aimed at empowering girls to explore neuroscience.

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HIV drug shows potential to combat genetic form of dystonia in preclinical study

A new study found that an FDA-approved medication to treat HIV restored multiple brain abnormalities in a mouse model of a genetic form of dystonia. David Vaillancourt, chair of the department of applied physiology and kinesiology, analyzed MRI data for the research team which included researchers from Duke University.

Read more at ufhealth.org >

The Miami Grand Prix, Florida’s Newest Visitor Attraction

It’s F1 Miami Race Week - Michael Reid, PhD, dean and professor, predicts why it’s full speed ahead for this inaugural race series and Florida’s newest visitor attraction.

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