Tag Archives: Pivarnik

Want a higher GPA in college? Join a gym

Want a higher GPA in college? Join a gym

For those students looking to bump up their grade point averages during college, the answer may not be spending more time in a library or study hall, but in a gym. New Michigan State University research shows that students who were members of the recreational sports and fitness centers on MSU’s campus during their freshman… Read More »

Kinesiology professor receives national citation award

Kinesiology professor receives national citation award

James Pivarnik, professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Kinesiology, has received the American College of Sports Medicine’s Citation Award. The prestigious award is granted to individuals who have made significant and important contributions in the areas of sports medicine and exercise science related to research, scholarship, clinical care and educational services. As an exercise… Read More »

‘I can’ mentality goes a long way after childbirth

‘I can’ mentality goes a long way after childbirth

The way a woman feels about tackling everyday physical activities, including exercise, may be a predictor of how much weight she’ll retain years after childbirth says a Michigan State University professor. James Pivarnik, a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at MSU, co-led a study that followed 56 women during pregnancy and measured their physical activity… Read More »

Gould appointed to national fitness board

Gould appointed to national fitness board

Daniel Gould, professor of kinesiology and director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, has been invited to serve on the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Gould joins fellow Department of Kinesiology faculty members Karin Pfeiffer, who is currently on the board, and… Read More »

Fueling fitness on the final frontier

Fueling fitness on the final frontier

Think keeping in shape is an uphill battle? Try staying fit in space, where living quarters are cramped and prolonged weightlessness withers muscle and bone. That’s the challenge a group of Michigan State University researchers will address with a new three-year, $1.2 million grant from NASA. Their goal is to keep astronauts motivated to exercise… Read More »

Fit kids finish first in the classroom

Fit kids finish first in the classroom

Fit kids aren’t only first picked for kickball. New research from Michigan State University shows middle school students in the best physical shape outscore their classmates on standardized tests and take home better report cards. Published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, it’s the first study linking children’s fitness to both improved… Read More »

Pivarnik comments on pregnant woman’s marathon run

Pivarnik comments on pregnant woman’s marathon run

This past Sunday, a 27-year-old pregnant woman named Amber Miller gave birth to her daughter merely seven hours after crossing the finish line of a marathon. A controversial topic, TIME Healthland covered the story, and consulted MSU College of Education kinesiology professor Jim Pivarnik for an expert’s viewpoint. When asked about the implications of Miller’s choices, Pivarnik said that all pregnant women should… Read More »

Washington Post features professors Pivarnik, Schmidt

Washington Post features professors Pivarnik, Schmidt

This past week, the Washington Post has highlighted two professors within the Michigan State University College of Education: Jim Pivarnik, professor of kinesiology and William Schmidt, university distinguished professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education (CEPSE). Pivarnik and doctoral student Erin Kuffel’s new research about resistence training for pregnant women has already captured the attention of several news sources, including CNBC and abc12. Last Tuesday’s Washington… Read More »

CNBC features recent MSU study about fitness during pregnancy

CNBC features recent MSU study about fitness during pregnancy

A recent study, conducted by Michigan State University in partnership with Anytime Fitness and AnytimeHealth.com, reveals that resistance training can be beneficial to mother and child during pregnancy. According to the study, women in their first trimester are recommended to follow the F.I.T.T. principle: Frequency: 3 days a week Intensity: Low amount of weights and higher repetitions… Read More »

Should physical exams become more in-depth?

Should physical exams become more in-depth?

In Columbus, Ohio, the COSI science center is offering in-depth physical exams. The exam, which costs $50, tests each patient’s strength, aerobic endurance and flexibility, and then compares the results to the average population. The patients also receive an “exercise prescription” and meet with a fitness expert to set personally modified goals. While Jim Pivarnik, a professor of kinesiology and epidomiology at Michigan… Read More »