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Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences News

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of kinesiology, nutrition sciences, and athletic training. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, and practical laboratory and clinical experiences.

Current Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences News

A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus News | August 10, 2020

As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.

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Research | August 7, 2020

Alumnus Andrew Nordin develops technique that provides clearest view yet of how the brain responds to obstacles when people are walking or running.

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Research | May 28, 2020

Physical therapy professor Szu-Ping Lee relies on patients – particularly veterans and seniors – as well as clinicians to help guide his research on ways to improve mobility after limb loss.

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Campus News | April 24, 2020

As instruction moves online, educators and students adapt

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People | April 17, 2020

UNLV sophomore Samuel Merrill urges fellow students to reach out to one another and professors online.

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Campus News | April 17, 2020

Senior Rebecca Ostanger talks what it's like living in campus housing when most students have left for the year.

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences In The News

Las Vegas Sun
August 1, 2020

Boosting our immune system to help us fight disease and illness more effectively is crucial, pandemic or no. Eating healthy, along with exercising regularly and engaging in stress-relieving activities, are critical.

July 17, 2020

Finding the motivation to commute to a gym — not to mention working out when you get there — is a struggle. It’s time to take advantage of that little thing we do each time we run errands, park our cars, or take the stairs: walking. But can you actually lose weight with walking as your main form of exercise?

The Wall Street Journal‎
July 12, 2020

“Since COVID hit, I’ve been exercising outside. But in the heat, how can I stay cool while working out?”

June 26, 2020

Ever hear of sea moss? While it’s not the type of seaweed you’ll eat in your favorite sushi roll (that’s usually nori), sea moss is found in a surprising number of foods you may eat regularly, including plant-based meat substitutes. It is also used in cosmetics and supplements.

Sweety High
May 22, 2020

We've always found the idea of vitamins that aid in hair, nail and skin health to be super appealing.

April 7, 2020

In this Coronavirus quarantine, getting outside for any reason at all feels like a treasure. Since gyms and yoga studios are closed to maintain social distance (6 feet between you and others), going for walks or runs outdoors seems to be our only option if we want a little vitamin D with our cardio.

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Recent Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Accomplishments

September 2, 2020
James Navalta and Robert Salatto (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published a manuscript in PLOS ONE, "Concurrent Heart Rate Validity of Wearable Technology Devices during Trail Running." Collaborators included Jacob Manning and Mark DeBeliso (Southern Utah University), and former UNLV doctoral students Jeff Montes (Monmouth College) and...
August 31, 2020
James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) was interviewed on Instagram Live by Fabricio Voltarelli, graduate program in health sciences and faculty of medicine at the Federal University of Mato Grosso. The master's of kinesiology program at UNLV was discussed at length, with students and faculty from across Brazil attending the event.    
July 10, 2020
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental & Occupational Health), Nancy L. Lough (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Angela M. Terencio (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) recently published an article on "Sociodemographic Determinants of Physical Activity and Sport Participation Among Women in the United States" in the journal Sports...
July 9, 2020
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) led researchers Dustin Davis (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences), Rickelle Tallent, Anthony Salazar, and James Navalta (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), in publishing a clinical report on the role of dietary cocoa powder in reducing postprandial (after meal) levels of very low density...
June 29, 2020
Kenneth Izuora, Amalie Alver, Chad Cross (all Medicine), Arpita Basu, Anthony Salazar (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Antonina Capurro, Civon Gewelber, Shelley Williams, and Jeffrey Ebersole (all Dental) presented a poster, "Relationship between Plasma CRP and Fibrinogen Measured Using Dried Blood Samples and Vascular Complications in...
May 19, 2020
Jason Avedesian and Janet Dufek (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), recently published two papers, "The Influence of Sport-Related Concussion on Lower Extremity Injury Risk: A Review of Current Return-to-Play Practices and Clinical Implications" and "Landing Biomechanics in Adolescent Athletes With and Without a History of Sports-Related...