Happy Gator Day!

The College of Health & Human Performance (HHP) is proud to join The Gator Nation for in “championing the Gator Good!”

At HHP, we’re advancing the way we live, work and play by promoting healthy living, training the next generation, enhancing physical performance and enriching lives.

Here are some recent stories that cut across our four departments and demonstrate how we are advancing critical research in human wellness, equipping students for their field and future, and translating academic findings to improve lives.


Apps show promise to help heavy drinkers age 21-25 cut back

A new study from Robert Leeman, Ph.D., associate professor and the Mary F. Lane professor in health education and behavior, shows heavy drinkers age 21-25 had 4.5 fewer drinks per week when tracking their intake with smartphone apps — even though they weren't trying to cut back.

Read more at UF News >


NeuroAI Workshops Begin

This year, five graduate students in the UF Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK), join 10 graduate students in biomedical engineering, neuroscience and clinical psychology to learn about the applications and fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically around machine learning.

The three-week workshop series is funded by an institutional research training grant (T32) managed by David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., chair and professor in APK, and Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health & Health Professions.

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Paying it Forward: Inspiring Middle School Students to be Unstoppable

A former linebacker for the Florida Gators who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sport management is now a passionate educator and middle school math teacher in his hometown of Belle Glade, Florida. Hygens Succes reinvests in the community that shaped him because his journey as a first-generation college student was supported by the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (MFOS). 

Listen to the Unstoppable Minds, Season 2, Episode 5, Podcast >


Celebrating World Tourism Day: Tourism for Inclusive Growth

World Tourism Day, celebrated each year on September 27, is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value worldwide. Read 27 resolutions that Rachel J.C. Fu, professor and chair of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management and director of the Eric Freidheim Tourism Institute, is planning to honor the occasion.

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HIV drug shows potential to combat genetic form of dystonia in preclinical study

A new study found that an FDA-approved medication to treat HIV restored multiple brain abnormalities in a mouse model of a genetic form of dystonia. David Vaillancourt, chair of the department of applied physiology and kinesiology, analyzed MRI data for the research team which included researchers from Duke University.

Read more at ufhealth.org >


New Health Education and Behavior Research Focuses on Improving Participation in Research Trials

Danielle Jake-Schoffman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior, recently published “Methods-Motivational Interviewing Approach for Enhanced Retention and Attendance” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looking at how an in-depth orientation for prospective participants can benefit clinical trials of behavioral interventions.

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Question & Answer with Andrei Kirilenko on Florida Tourism

Learn about a recent study led by Andrei Kirilenko, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, looking into the economic and social value of the tourism industry in Florida.

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