Proposals funded: Rejeski, Beavers, Mihalko

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, research professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients (CLIP-OA)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) The Ohio State University.

Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Variable adaptive response to weight loss in older adults (VARIA)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Shannon Mihalko, associate professor of health and exercise, whose proposal entitled “Understanding and Predicting Fatigue, CV Decline and Events after Breast Cancer Treatment” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Rejeski & Dr. Jason Fanning whose proposal entitled “Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Coordinating Center: Clinical Research Core” has been funded.

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, research professor and Jason Fanning, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal  entitled “Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Coordinating Center: Clinical Research Core,” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and wfu researchers part of national NIH grant to study exerciseby (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

HES launches new website Aug. 20

On Aug. 20, HES launched the new website. While most of the navigation remains the same and should be familiar to you, new features include a news page showing all posts and an events calendar.

Many of the pages have new or additional content, and additional photos and content will be added throughout the fall semester.

Behind the scenes, the infrastructure is improved; for example, the new site is https (more secure) instead of http.
We’ll be making additional edits in the next few months, and look forward to any feedback you may have.

Thank you for visiting–

Suzanne Thompson, web manager
thompssw@wfu.edu

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) now offered to WFU Women through HES

HES Offers RAD as an Activity Course for WFU Women!

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention and avoidance. It progresses to the basics of hand-to-hand defense training. The course is not a martial arts program, though it teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.  RAD classes are taught on campus through Health & Exercise Science and the University Police Department. Classes receive academic credit.  Check out all the Fall 2019 HES Activity Courses being offered!  Click here for more information about RAD.

Fall 2019 RAD Schedule:

1A  96646 HES 120 D (RAD) T 03:30 PM 05:20 PM GYMN B307 (8/26/19-10/15/19)
1A  96686 HES 120 E (RAD) W 03:30 PM 05:20 PM GYMN B307 (8/26/19-10/15/19)
1A  96687 HES 120 F (RAD) M W 02:00 PM 02:50 PM GYMN B307 (8/26/19-10/15/19)
1A  96688 HES 120 G (RAD) R 03:30 PM 05:20 PM GYMN B307 (8/26/19-10/15/19)
1B  96689 HES 120 H (RAD) M 03:30 PM 05:20 PM GYMN B307 (10/16/19-12/14/19)
1B  96690 HES 120 I (RAD) T 03:30 PM 05:20 PM GYMN B307 (10/16/19-12/14/19)
1B  96691 HES 120 J (RAD) W 03:30 PM 05:20 PM GYMN B307 (10/16/19-12/14/19)
1B  96692 HES 120 K (RAD) M W 02:00 PM 02:50 PM GYMN B307 (10/16/19-12/14/19)
1B  96693 HES 120 L (RAD) R 03:30 PM 05:20 PM GYMN B307 (10/16/19-12/14/19)

Dr. Jason Fanning is Named Wells Fargo Faculty Scholar

Dr. Jason Fanning has been selected as the Wells Fargo Faculty Scholar. Jason is a
Postdoctoral Fellow working with Jack Rejeski in the Department of Health and Exercise Science and with Barbara Nicklas in the Department of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the School of Medicine. The Wells Fargo program funds the recruitment of faculty whose research shows promise for
generating significant intellectual property and regionally-based
commercialization efforts as either start-up or spin-off companies.
Currently, Jason is working with the EMPOWER team on the
development of a mobile app for older adults. The app is meant to promote daily
physical activity while breaking up bouts of sustained sitting time.

HES Seniors Invited to Join Phi Beta Kappa

HES Seniors Invited to Join Phi Beta Kappa

These HES Seniors were invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa, this is a great honor and the HES department wants to congratulate you on this accomplishment!

Students are selected on the basis of their outstanding academic achievement and their record of having met high standards of personal conduct and academic integrity. No more than 8% of the graduating class in any given year is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. It is truly a high honor.met high standards of personal conduct and acamore than 8% of the graduating class in any given year is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. It is truly a high honor.

Robyn Adelkopf
Zachary Gauthier
Caity Malisse
Keighley Nemickas
Monica Schumacher
Joyce Wei

High-protein Diet May be a Good Way to Lose Weight: Dr. Kristen Beavers

Over 65? Researchers say high-protein diet may be a good way to lose weightKristen Beavers at computer

There are so many diets out there that promise to be the magic bullet — Keto, Whole 30 and Jenny Craig.  But what if you’re 65 years or older?  Researchers at Wake Forest University did a study to find the best answer.  Researcher Dr. Kristen Beavers said doctors often don’t recommend weight loss for seniors because they worry they’ll lose muscle mass, which is important as you age.  The study was conducted on two groups of 50 people.  One group lost weight following a high protein, nutritionally complete meal plan. At the conclusion of the study, each person lost about 18 pounds.  The second group was instructed to maintain their weight. This group lost on average half a pound.  The diet is accessible to anyone — high protein drinks with two meals of chicken or fish and low carbohydrate vegetables.  The participants also attended health education classes and were encouraged to be active, if they could.

Dr. Peter Brubaker’s Proposal Funded by NIH

Peter Brubaker

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Brubaker, Professor of Health and Exercise Science, whose proposal entitled “Does a tailored-progressive physical activity intervention before and during non-Hodgkin lymphoma anthracycline-based chemotherapy preserve exercise capacity, QQL, cardiac and cognitive function?” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Celebrating Our Faculty: Jack Rejeski

Peter Brubaker, Department Chair and Professor of Health and Exercise Science, called Jack Rejeski “arguably the top scholar to ever work on the Reynolda Campus.”

He is a prolific teacher-scholar who has published more papers and received more grants than anyone Brubaker has ever known.

At the same time,

Brubaker said Rejeski is like the Cookie Monster because of his ridiculous ability to consume massive amounts of chocolate. Maybe all that sugar fuels him to do such tireless work.

Rejeski has exemplified his department’s culture and commitment for its faculty to conduct research at the highest level. As a distinguished behavioral scientist, he has collaborated with faculty members in his department, across the College, and in the Medical School on projects of all sorts.

It seems like every other week Rejeski is receiving another grant. He has also written more than 100 publications – all as part of his lifelong quest to understand human behavior and how to get people more physically active.

Rejeski has remained a remarkable teacher and mentor willing to meet anytime with his students to discuss class, their career goals, or life in general. It helps if they bring chocolate with them.

“Jack really has no professional flaws or weaknesses, but he does have a particular personal weakness – chocolate,” Brubaker said. “Whenever chocolate is around, Jack won’t be too far away. If anyone leaves chocolate out or most any sweet, Jack will find it.”

Scholarships for Student Caregivers!

Studentcaregiver.jpgAvailable Scholarships for Student Caregivers
Caregiving is a challenging and demanding role at any age. In addition to the time investment, a 2017 Caring.com survey found that 38 percent of caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week caring for their loved one- caregiving can also be a financial drain.  For more information on these scholarships check out Caring.com.

Congratulations Dr. Peter Brubaker-Proposal Funded by NIH and WF Health Sciences!

Congratulations to Peter Brubaker, whose proposal entitled “PILOT: Does a tailored-progressive physical activity intervention before and during non- and Hodgkin lymphoma anthracycline-based chemotherapy preserve exercise capacity, QOL, cardiac and cognitive function?” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.Dr. Brubaker appointed Faculty Athletics Representative

Congratulations Dr. Michael Berry-United States Department of Defense Proposal Funded!

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Berry, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Balancing operative and rehabilitation needs in critically ill burn patients who require multiple planned surgical interventions” has been funded by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and by (subaward/subcontract from) the University of Kentucky Research Foundation.

Join us for this year’s HES Homecoming Weekend and Open House on Friday, Nov. 2nd!

 We hope you will be among the thousands of alumni returning home for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend November 2 – 3rd. If so, please plan to come by the Health and Exercise Science Department (in Worrell Hall) for our Open House on Friday from 3p to 4:30p.  If you haven’t already done so, you definitely need to come by and check out our new space (moved from Reynolds Gym ~3 years ago) in Worrell Hall.

Most of the HES faculty will be there and are looking forward to reconnecting with you!  If you will be in town for the weekend but can’t make it to the reception on Friday afternoon, please let me know so that we can try to connect another time/place (i.e. football game, etc).   If you won’t be at Homecoming this year, please stay connected with us through your favorite social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) @HESWFU.

If you have not yet registered for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend or would like to know more information about other departments’ events, please visit the  Homecoming website. If you have specific questions about the HES reception, please contact Andrea Cox at 336-758-5391.

HES Hit the Bricks!

The Department of Health & Exercise Science had two teams made up of faculty, staff and graduate students who participated in this year’s Hit the Brick fundraiser.  Thank you to all those who came out and supported this worthy cause and for those who donated to our teams!