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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.

upclose shot of man with sensors on his head
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

WalletHub
September 28, 2020

About ten million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest lifestyle to adopt, as finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge. Plus, even though some experts say forgoing animal products could save you at least $750 per year, certain specialty foods can be expensive. Despite the cost, though, synthetic meat sales have received a bump this year because of meat shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some meat eaters who switched to vegetarian or vegan options out of necessity may decide to stay once they’ve had a taste.

WalletHub
September 28, 2020

About ten million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest lifestyle to adopt, as finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge. Plus, even though some experts say forgoing animal products could save you at least $750 per year, certain specialty foods can be expensive. Despite the cost, though, synthetic meat sales have received a bump this year because of meat shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some meat eaters who switched to vegetarian or vegan options out of necessity may decide to stay once they’ve had a taste.

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.

Openfit
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?”

Openfit
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.

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Recent Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences Accomplishments

November 25, 2020
Bryson Carrier, Brenna Barrios, and James Navalta (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), along with Brayden Jolley of the Tulane University School of Medicine, recently published a manuscript, "Validity and Reliability of Physiological Data in Applied Settings Measured by Wearable Technology: A Rapid Systematic Review," in the journal...
November 4, 2020
John Mercer (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) gave a keynote presentation as part of the virtual Norseman Endurance Science Seminar 2020. The title of the presentation was "Swimming in Warm Water: The Consequences of Wearing a Wetsuit." Norseman is an iconic extreme triathlon and the purpose of this seminar was to share research on endurance...
October 27, 2020
Lidio Lima de Albuquerque, Milan Pantovic, Katherine Fischer, Sharon Jalene, and Brach Poston (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Science), Mitchel Clingo (Medicine), and Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), along with Zoltan Mari of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center, wrote "An Acute Application of Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation...
October 22, 2020
Dustin Davis and Arpita Basu (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) recently collaborated with Jeannette Crew, Dr. Petar Planinic, and Dr. James Alexander (all Medicine) to publish a comprehensive review in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Their review examined the last 20 years of observational and...
October 5, 2020
Courtney Coughenour, Maxim Gakh, Jennifer R. Pharr (all Environmental & Occupational Health), Timothy Bungum (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), and Sharon Jalene (Kinesiology) recently published an article on "Changes in Depression and Physical Activity Among College Students on a Diverse Campus After a COVID-19 Stay-at-Home" in the journal ...
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...