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Unique degree may revolutionize professions
January 20, 2006

Diet and exercise go hand in hand, which propelled WSU Spokane to design and offer an undergraduate degree that combines the two concepts. Introduced last fall, the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Metabolism enables health-science students to pack a one-two punch in nutrition and exercise.“By creating this integrated program, we are transcending the boundaries of other health-science programs that limit students to a single emphasis,” said Sally Blank, associate professor and director of the Health Sciences Program at WSU Spokane. “Now students can have expert backgrounds in two areas instead of one.”From corporate fitness and athletic training to clinical diagnosis, graduates will … » More …

University Recreation offers free preview of classes
January 9, 2006

To kick off the new semester, University Recreation is offering Free Demo Week January 9-15.  Demo week provides students and community members the opportunity to try every fitness, mind/body and gravity, dance, self defense, and outdoor recreation class, and learn more about intramurals and sport club offerings.  Classes include yoga, cardio salsa, gravity, cycling, agility and plyometrics, yolates, meditation, abs, pilates, cardio kickboxing and much more. With more than 75 free classes during demo week, nearly any personal exercise preference can be met.  The Outdoor Recreation Center is also offering a free slide show Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the SRC conference room.  The slide … » More …

Effective diet has no magic pill
January 7, 2005

Diet. How’s that for a four-letter word, especially this time of year? The jolly season has been packed away with the tinsel and party hats. Suddenly, ‘tis the season to lose a few pounds.Low carb? Low fat? No flour? No sugar? What’s a body to do?We turned to WSU’s own informal “Food Intake and Obesity Group” in the Department of Veterinary, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for answers.Well, they said, it isn’t easy. And ultimately, the best answer right now is an eight-letter word: exercise.Okay, you didn’t need a Ph.D. to figure that out. But, you probably do need a Ph.D., and years of research, … » More …