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Exercise and Physical Activity Research

Low levels of exercise, cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity are predictive of poor health outcomes (e.g., higher risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity) and a large portion of the population do not meet recommended physical activity levels. In Arizona, only half of the population meet guidelines for physical activity (i.e., two hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week).

At the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, we are invested in research to improve health outcomes using exercise training and physical activity interventions to improve health outcomes.

Areas of Expertise

Our faculty have expertise in a broad range of related areas, including:

  • Non-invasive cardiovascular imaging and assessment
  • Vo2peak and functional assessment in healthy and diseased populations
  • Muscle fiber typing
  • Physical activity assessment
  • Fall prevention in older adults
  • Cognitive deficits in neurological populations
  • How technology can be harnessed to promote physical activity
  • The role of exercise and diet related to weight and obesity
  • Active transportation, sedentary behavior, and sit-stand workstations
  • The use of complementary approaches to improve health
  • Tthe effects of exercise on insomnia

Faculty Researchers

Marc Adams
Marc Adams
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Barbara Ainsworth
Barbara  Ainsworth
Regents Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Siddhartha Angadi
Siddhartha Angadi
Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Matthew Buman
Matthew Buman
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Cheryl Der Ananian
Cheryl Der Ananian
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Jared Dickinson
Jared Dickinson
Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Natalia Dounskaia
Natalia Dounskaia
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Glenn Gaesser
Glenn Gaesser
Center Director & Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Jennifer Huberty
Jennifer Huberty
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Stavros Kavouras
Stavros  Kavouras
Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Chong Lee
Chong Lee
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Punam Ohri-Vachaspati
Punam Ohri-Vachaspati
Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Daniel Peterson
Daniel Peterson
Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Shannon Ringenbach
Shannon Ringenbach
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Pamela Swan
Pamela Swan
Associate Director and Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Sonia Vega-López
Sonia Vega-Lopez
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion

Floris Wardenaar
Floris Wardenaar
Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion