Physical Activity Promotion

CATEGORIES: Research Streams

Course: KIN 290
Credits: 1
Instructor: Dr. Greg Welk

Students will contribute to ongoing research conducted through the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab.  The lab conducts a variety of applied research on different populations and in different settings but the focus of the lab is on the assessment and promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Students will learn about the links between physical activity and health and will have chances to get involved in various projects.

A core area of expertise in the lab is on the use of various consumer activity monitors (e.g. Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin Vivosport, Apple Watch) so students would have opportunities learn how they can be used to promote self-monitoring and behavior change. These devices are also used in various projects to help individuals learn how to be more physically active. Thus, students will gain insight about how the monitors are validated and tested and also how they are used in community and clinical applications to help assess and promote physical activity in the population. The research experience would be relevant to any student interested in applications of technology in health promotion and those interested in clinical or health-related careers.

Through the experience, students will be involved in helping to collect data from field-based projects and will also learn how to collect and process data.. Students will work together on research posters and presentations to summarize their work.

To apply for this Research Stream, contact Dr. Greg Welk via email.

Topics: Kinesiology, Health Promotion