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Kinesiology Students Provide Education on Benefits of Exercise to Help Improve Conditions Like Diabetes

December 05, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas- Senior kinesiology students showcased displays representing numerous health conditions and the role of exercise as a treatment for those conditions during the “Exercise as Medicine Symposium” at Island Hall on Dec. 5.

“We want the community and the student body to know that we are training experts in health and exercise science,” said Dr. Don Melrose, Exercise Physiologist and Associate Professor of Kinesiology. “This gives our students great practice to educate those around them on the benefits of exercise.”

Each student chose a specific health condition and presented how exercise can play a role in treating the particular condition, as well as improve one’s quality of life, reliance of medications, and overall well-being. Presentations were given on Type 2 diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.  The students also offered proper exercise guidelines to those in attendance.

“In South Texas, diabetes  affects a large portion of the population and is now affecting the younger generations, because it is a genetic disease,” said Abby Quiñonez. “Those living with this disease need to know that it is curable through exercise.”

According to a report from the Texas Department of State Health Services (Texas Community Diabetes Surveys), nearly 15 percent of the Nueces County population has diabetes.  The agency also reports that the disease is tied to complications such as stroke, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Each student presenter is enrolled in Melrose’s fall 2013 Exercise Testing and Prescription class and participating in this event as a final project.

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