Issue 5   |   Fall / Winter 2018   
At the College of Health & Human Performance, we are advancing the way we live, work, and play using expertise in our departments of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK); Health Education and Behavior (HEB); and Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management (TRSM).

UF is on the rise. We are a top-ten public institution with the goal of joining the top five. Our college is helping achieve this goal by advancing interdisciplinary research, expanding pathways for students on and off campus, and partnering with industry and government organizations to solve real-world problems. 

As a national leader in our disciplines, we are committed to advancing four core initiatives:

Training the Next Generation — Our college has a long tradition of award-winning educators, outstanding advisors, and commitment to students. Across all of our departments, enrollment is continually growing and our students graduate to promising careers in business, the health professions and higher education.

Promoting Healthy Living — Research in HEB is improving the health of communities in Florida and across the nation through research on substance misuse, HIV prevention, diabetes, nutrition and health benefits of physical activity, to name a few. 

Enhancing Physical Performance — APK faculty and students are advancing the frontiers of biomedicine by tackling critical problems that range from muscle disease to movement disorders, from cardiovascular disease to sports-related injuries.

Enriching Lives — TRSM researchers are supporting key Florida industries and improving the quality of life by pioneering innovative approaches in tourism and sport management. These include initiatives in sustainable tourism, tourism crisis management and the economic impact of sport. 

The HHP community is helping UF lead the nation in educational excellence and research innovation. This edition of Performance Magazine focuses on these themes, highlighting the dedicated people and tradition of excellence that makes our college so wonderful.

Mike Reid
HHP researchers address bike and pedestrian safety in the Sunshine State

In Florida, the sunshine and pleasant weather encourage thousands to walk or take a bike ride instead of driving. But as more and more Floridians turn to walking and cycling as a means of transportation and recreation, bike and pedestrian safety has become an important issue facing the state... go to story >>
HHP’s Beth Barton is studying a specific component of muscle growth to understand its impact on metabolic health and wellness.

For many Americans, trying to stay physically fit is a way of life. Combined, the weight loss and fitness industries collect over $80 billion in revenue each year. Fitness models, transformation pictures and bodybuilders have flooded social media, causing more and more Americans to focus on staying in the best shape possible. But a study by HHP researchers is revealing that these long hours spent in the gym might not just be for show... go to story >>
The Gators in Motion program uses tennis to promote character development, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles among youth from low-income neighborhoods in the Gainesville area...

HHP’s Online Sport Management program is expanding opportunities for graduates.

HHP enrolls more than 400 students per year who are pursuing their undergraduate and graduate degrees completely online, and one that has become increasingly popular is the Online Sport Management Master of Science (OSM) degree. As with other online programs, OSM offers a unique opportunity to meet the educational needs of full-time professionals, and students can, and do, live all around the world while completing courses at UF... go to story >>
Trying to Make Sense of Irrational Behavior

It is challenging to find a succinct description of what a behavioral economist specifically does besides to say that they are behavioral scientists who study judgement and decision making in all aspects of life. The field has examined varied human behavior such as consumer choices to addiction to health care insurance decisions, organ donation, retirement savings, and the list goes on. ...

When HHP alum Stacy Cutrono took a course in adaptive physical activity, it completely changed her mindset about health and wellness.  

One of the most memorable assignments that Cutrono recalls was when they had to create a brand-new game for kids in wheelchairs. That class still impacts her today and allowed her to realize that health and fitness is for everyone... go to story >>
HHP grad David Sobelman parlayed challenging formative years into a desire to succeed and to give back.

David Sobelman’s time at UF was one of the most influential periods of his life. With his Gator degree he’s figured out how to use his experiences from his time in Gainesville to forge a career in real estate investment... go to story >>
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