Physical Activity and Health

Our Physical Activity and Health Research Group is focused on understanding the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of various public health concerns and chronic diseases. The aim of this group is to increase our knowledge of the causes and determinants of physical activity in different cross-sections of the population. Further, this group aims to disentangle the pathways by which physical activity may influence multiple parameters of health and wellness.


Primary Associated Faculty

Current Graduate Students

Research Emphasis

  • Theoretical construct of the disablement process model
  • Attenuation of functional loss with aging via exercise intervention
  • Role of physical activity in attenuating the stress metabolic syndrome relationship
  • Physical activity and academic achievement
  • Role of Studio Based Learning in school day physical activity
  • Life Style Modification

Recent Publications

  • Hill E.E., Eisenmann J.C., Gentile D., Holmes M.E., Walsh, D. The Association between Morning Cortisol and Adiposity in Children Varies by Weight Status. (Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2011; 24: 709-713)
  • Hill EE, Eisenmann JC, Holmes M.E., Heelan, KA. Morning Cortisol is Not Associated with Truncal Fatness or Resting Blood Pressure in Children: Cross-Sectional and 1-2 Year Follow-Up Analyses. (Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2010; 23: 1031-1037)