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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 in the areas of kinesiology, nutrition sciences, and athletic training. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, practical laboratory immersion, and clinical experiences.

Current Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences News

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Campus News |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

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Campus News |

Carmen Johnson’s self-determination and empathetic personality has led to an impressive increase in the food pantry's usage.

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Campus News |

Faculty Robert Cornell and Van Whaley share their experiences using trauma-informed teaching techniques and Rebel Recovery Program resources to support students.

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People |

The class of 2023 offers inspiration for current Rebels on how to make the most of the journey from student to alumnus.

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People |

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences department chair channels his love for bikes and understanding of childhood poverty into a career promoting health and wellness for all.

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences In The News


Mice experiencing “social jet lag” developed characteristics similar to people with the same phenomenon, including significant weight gain, higher blood sugar levels and lower cardiovascular fitness. Results of the study by researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It has been chosen as an APSselect article for May.


In many ways, alcohol and sports go hand-in-hand: Marathon winners celebrate with an ice-cold drink at the finish line, pro teams partner with booze brands, and “beer league” amateur sports often live up to their name. But a shift may be underway, as a growing number of Americans are drinking less for health reasons, on the heels of a new wave of research about the impacts of even moderate drinking. In 2023, the World Health Organization contradicted a long-held belief: No, moderate alcohol consumption, like a glass of red wine at dinner, won’t increase your lifespan. Actually, any amount is actively bad for you.

Woman's World

Let’s face it: Between busy schedules, tempting treats and the allure of convenience foods, sticking to a healthy diet can be a challenge. Thankfully, healthy eating hacks can help you reach your wellness goals without feeling deprived. We asked experts to break down what tricks actually work, plus how to effortlessly incorporate them into your daily life.

The News International

A recent study published in Scientific Reports has found that strength training two to three times per week can be used as an effective treatment for arterial hypertension commonly known as high blood pressure. The researchers from School of Technology and Sciences Sao Paulo State University UNESP in Brazil looked at data from 14 studies featuring 253 participants.

U.S. News & World Report

Choosing the right pair of walking shoes for women requires more than just ditching high heels. You may not realize it, but you carry your own weight when you walk and that has a major impact on your feet. Aside from working your muscles, walking can help reduce your risk of heart disease. But, you need to put in at least 30 minutes a day to nab those benefits. And you can’t do that if your feet hurt.

Men's Journal

In practice, weight loss is challenging, but scientifically, it’s fairly simple. You consume fewer calories than you burn (also known as a calorie deficit), which causes you to lose pounds. However, experts and health organizations caution maintaining a healthy weight involves much more than tracking your calorie intake. Instead, effective weight loss involves a number of lifestyle changes including increased physical activity, better stress management, and of course, a healthier diet.

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Experts

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Recent Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Accomplishments

Kyle Wilson (Athletic Training) along with alumni Yvonne Tapia and Ulises Sanchez-Flores (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Science) spoke on “Athletic Trainers in the Industrial Setting” at the 2024 Far West Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. Tapia is also part-time instructor at UNLV.
The Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics held the annual meeting on the UNLV campus on April 27. Two UNLV students, Kristine Wilson and Christopher Acosta (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) were recognized for state-level awards. Wilson was named the Outstanding Dietetics Student - Dietetic Internship Program, and Acosta was named…
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences), Leigh Ann Richardson and Lung-Chang Chien (both Epidemiology & Biostatistics) published the research paper Longitudinal associations of the alternative healthy eating index with coronary artery calcification and pericardial adiposity in US adults with and without type 1 diabetes in the…
Graham McGinnis and his former doctoral student, Michael Dial (both in Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), published a research article in the Journal of Applied Physiology titled, "Social jet lag impairs exercise volume and attenuates physiological and metabolic adaptations to voluntary exercise training." This work highlights how…
Dr. Nate Hollister (Emergency Medicine) and his colleague Scott McDonald (Kinesiology) organized the Circus Meets Medicine conference held at UNLV on March 22, 2024. The conference featured live demonstrations from artists as well as speakers discussing perspectives from elite performers and experts on injury management, biomechanics, and well-…
Asma Awan (Social and Behavioral Health), Kara Radzak (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), & Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health), presented a paper titled, "A Theory-Based Approach to Explain the Correlates of Safe Physical Activity in Pregnant and Postpartum Individuals," at the 75th Society for Public Health Education (…