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Photo of Dianne KerrKent State University’s Dianne Kerr, Ph.D., professor of health education and promotion in the College of Education, Health and Human Services and Provost’s Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is the recipient of the Society for Public Health Education’s Dorothy B. Nyswander Open Society Award.

Kent State University graduate student Elizabeth Michel has gained much – both professionally and personally – through her experience working on the Fit for Life Workshop.

Physical therapy is usually a component of treatment for patients of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative and motor system disorders.

Now, a Kent State University professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services has designed a piece of equipment that serves that purpose and sets the bar for exercise therapy higher.

Photo of Angela RidgelPhysical therapy is usually a component of treatment for patients of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative and motor system disorders.

Admit it. We have all used our smartphones at inappropriate and inopportune times: while driving, during family meals, in the bathroom or even the bedroom.

We are a society glued to our phones, but when is it considered out of our control?

According to researchers at Kent State University, the answer depends on the user.

In the gym of the MAC Center Annex, you can hear the voices of student trainers echo from one end to the other. 

“Nice long strides with those feet,” shouts one student trainer.

“Let’s lunge to me,” encourages another.

Kent State University exercise physiology graduate students are playing a key role in Fit for Life, an expanded version of the former Faculty/Staff Exercise Program. 

Photo of Kent State students exercising on treadmillsKent State University researchers Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., and Andrew Lepp, Ph.D., as well as Kent State alumni Michael Rebold, Ph.D., and Gabe Sanders, Ph.D., assessed how common smartphone uses – texting and talking – interfere with treadmill exercise.

Rural and underserved Ohio students are able to receive speech-language therapy services through Kent State University via an innovative online videoconferencing system.

Photo of Kent State students in libraryA new Kent State study finds more links between high smartphone use and low GPA

Kent State University researchers have collected more data to explain the negative relationship between smartphone use and academic performance in college students.  

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