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Center for Physical Activity & Health (CPAH)


The Center for Physical Activity & Health is part of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies at The University of Tennessee. The Center is dedicated to promoting physical activity and helping individuals enhance their health, fitness and quality of life.

Latest News

Can athletes perform well on a vegan diet?
from New York Times

With the publication this month of “Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness,” by the vegan distance runner Scott Jurek, vegan diets have become a wildly popular topic on running-related Web sites. But is going totally meatless and, as in Mr. Jurek’s case, dairy-free advisable for other serious athletes, or for the rest of us who just want to be healthy and fit?


Weight-loss surgery may raise risk of alcohol abuse

Certain patients who undergo weight-loss surgery may have a heightened risk of developing a drinking problem, but the risk is only apparent two years after the procedure and only with one type of surgery.

A new study, published today on the website of the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the drinking habits of almost 2,000 obese adults before and after bariatric surgery.


Diabetes linked to memory problems in older adults
from New York Times

A new study adds to growing evidence that the complications of diabetes may extend to the brain, causing declines in memory, attention and other cognitive skills.


PTSD symptoms common after heart attack: Study

One in eight heart attack survivors experiences signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, the same condition that disables many combat veterans and assault victims, according to a new analysis


Eating disorders hitting women over 50
from U.S. News & World Report

Although eating disorders are typically thought of as a problem among teenage girls, many women over 50 practice unhealthy eating behaviors, a new study indicates.More

Sleepy brains drawn to junk food

As any college student or shift worker will tell you, staying up all night or even just skimping on sleep can lead a person to seek out satisfying, calorie-packed foods.

An emerging body of research suggests that sleep-related hunger and food cravings, which may contribute to weight gain, are fueled in part by certain gut hormones involved in appetite. But our brain, and not just our belly, may play a role as well.





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Contact us:

Ctr. for Physical Activity & Health
Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies
1914 Andy Holt Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: 865-974-6040
Fax: 865-974-8981