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Exercise is Medicine Fall Event

Posted: Sep. 21, 2018

Health Checks
Tuesday, Oct. 9th & Wednesday, Oct. 10th
Student Center (we will have a table on the wall by "The Shack")

Coordinated Program in Dietetics Application Meeting

Posted: Sep. 5, 2018

Dietetics Application Meeting
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
3:30-4:30 pm
Waters Auditorium, Mizzou Campus

Students planning to apply to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics January in 2019 should attend.

Dietetics Application Due: Monday, January 7, 2019 at 4:00pm in Gwynn Hall 201, Mizzou Campus

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Fall 2018 NEP Seminar Series

Posted: Aug. 15, 2018

The Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology will host a Fall Seminar Series on Thursdays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Acuff Auditorium, School of Medicine (unless otherwise noted). For more information, contact Ben Sauro at (573) 882-4288 or

Date Speaker Lecture Title
Sep. 4 Booth Lectureship
Laurie Goodyear, PhD

Joslin Diabetes Center
Exercise: New molecular discoveries mediating the beneficial effects on health
Sep. 13 Danielle Reed, PhD
Monell Chemical Senses Center
Bitter and sweet taste genetics: Mice and man
Sep. 20 Paige Geiger, PhD
KU Medical Center
Heat shock proteins in the prevention of metabolic disease
Sep 27 Marc Kaufman, PhD
Penn State University
The exercise pressor reflex in health and simulated peripheral artery disease
Oct 4 Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, PhD
North Carolina State University
Translating research for federal food and nutrition policy
Oct. 11 Allison Sylvetsky Meni, PhD
George Washington University
Low-calorie sweeteners: Consumption trends and metabolic effects
Oct. 18 Joe Brozinick, PhD
Lilly Pharmaceuticals
The underappreciated role of skeletal muscle in metabolic dysfunction
Oct. 25 Lisa Cooper Hudgins, MD
The Rogosin Institute/Weill
Cornell College of Medicine
Dietary carbohydrate and de novo lipogenesis
Nov. 1 Ginny Brooks, PhD
Oregon Health Science University
Obesity increases sympathetic nerve activity: Sex matters
Nov. 8 Gary Van Guilder, PhD
South Dakota State University
Lactate and Cardioprotection: A forgotten missing link?
Nov. 15 Health Science Research Day and Obesity Week - No Seminar
Nov. 22 Thanksgiving - No Seminar
Nov. 29 Lorrene Ritchie, RD, PhD
University of California
Childcare nutrition in California: Conducting research to inform policy
Dec. 6 Matthew Steinhauser, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
New insights into the dynamics of postnatal adipogenesis: Implications for systemic insulin resistance
Dec. 13 Final Exams - No Seminar

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Dr. Hinton & Dr. Vieira-Potter in the News

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018

Dr. Pam Hinton and Dr. Victoria Vieira-Potter's research soy diets and their increase to women’s bone strength has been featured on over 99 media outlets, including Newsweek. Drs. Hinton and Vieira-Potter discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health. Moreover, they believe that soy protein might also have positive impacts on bone strength for women who have not yet reached menopause. "The findings suggest that all women might see improved bone strength by adding some soy-based whole foods, such as tofu and soy milk, to their diet," said Pamela Hinton.

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Dr. Pam HintonDr. Pam Hinton

Dr. Victoria Vieira-PotterDr. Victoria Vieira-Potter

Dr. Elizabeth Parks in the News

Dr. Elizabeth ParksPosted: Jul. 18, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Parks' research on low-carb diets and their effect on blood flow in men and women was recently featured in MU Health Today. Dr. Parks found that while men lose more weight on low-carb diets, women show greater improvement in artery flexibility. This study is the first to show that low-carb diets can improve blood flow in as little as four weeks.

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NEP Students Receive Accolades

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018

Dain JacobDain Jacob, a senior Nutrition and Fitness major, was recently announced as One of Twenty-Four Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF) recipients by The American Physiological Society (APS). Dain is mentored by Dr. Jacqueline Limberg. Fellowship recipients spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. The UGSRF program recruits undergraduate students from the U.S. and abroad.

Elizabeth OttElizabeth Ott, a 2nd year Exercise Physiology Masters Student was recently named one of two masters’ level research grant recipients for 2018 by The Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Elizabeth is also mentored by Dr. Jacqueline Limberg.

NEP Graduate Student Receives Mars. Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship

Posted: Jun. 7, 2018

Majid Mufaqam Syed AbdulCongratulations to Majid Mufaqam Syed Abdul on receiving the Mars. Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Society for Nutrition.

2018 HES Award Winners

Posted: May 3, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 College of Human Environmental Sciences award winners: Dr. Catherine Peterson, Professor Dan Smith, and Laura Franklin. Each awardee is pictured below with Dean Sandy Rikoon.

Dr. Peterson and Dean RikoonDr. Catherine Peterson
Distinguished Faculty Service Awardee

Dan Smith and Dean RikoonProfessor Dan Smith
Distinguished Teaching Awardee

Laura Franklin and Dean RikoonLaura Franklin
Distinguished Staff Awardee

Summer 2018 Online Courses

Posted: Apr. 4, 2018

*NEP 1034 Intro to Human Nutrition (3)
Basic nutrition principles, including: nutrient functions, food sources, and needs; healthy eating tools; energy balance and weight management; nutrition and fitness; nutrition through the life cycle; food safety; and consumer topics.

NEP 1310 Foods and Cultures of the World (3)
Trans-disciplinary approach to nutrition, considering anthropological, physiological, geographical, socioeconomic and psychological elements in world nutrition.  These ideas will be explored in the context of cuisines and cultures that are found in the US, but originate elsewhere.

*NEP 1340 Intro to Exercise and Fitness (3)
Provides students with practical information about exercise and physical fitness.  After taking this class, students will be prepared to be physically active, understand the "Do's and Don'ts" of exercise, and know how to live a healthy way of life.  As part of the course, students will assess their current level of activity/fitness, develop a plan for improvement, and put that plan into action.

NEP 1995 Nutritional Food Science (3)
The study of components of food systems and how they are affected by processing, preservation, preparation and by techniques that improve taste, texture, flavor, appearance and nutrient retention. This course is 100% online and includes a virtual lab.

*#NEP 2380 Diet Therapy for the Health Professional (3)
Principles underlying normal nutrition and diet for health and disease. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites:  Prerequisites: sophomore standing. Sophomore status

*#NEP 2450 Nutrition through the Lifespan (3)
Nutritional requirements, challenges, community nutrition programs, and eating patterns throughout the life span with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention; Role of beliefs, culture, socio-psychological influences, and economic resources in food selection and nutrition/health status. Lecture/discussion course. Prerequisites: NEP 1034 or NEP 2340 or NEP 2380 or equivalent

*NEP 3450 Physical Activity through the Lifespan (3)
Course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the value of physical activity across the lifespan. The physiology, psychology, and guidelines of exercise, along with the integration of nutrition with physical activity, will be explored from pregnancy through early development and into old age. Graded on A-F basis only.  Prerequisites:  NEP 1340

*NEP 4200/7200 Sports Performance and Conditioning (3)
Course utilizes scientific theory and applied instruction to teach procedures, techniques, and modalities used to improve physical sports performance.  Graded on A-F basis only.  Prerequisites:  Physiology, Anatomy or instructor consent; junior or senior standing required - cross-leveled with NEP 7200.

*Will count toward the Wellness Minor #Will count toward the Nutrition Minor

Dr. Padilla Wins Inaugural AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Article Impact Award

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018

Dr. PadillaCongratulations to Dr. Jaume Padilla, assistant professor at NEP, for winning the inaugural American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Article Impact Award 2017. The award is based on Dr. Padilla's article entitled, "Prolonged sitting-induced leg endothelial dysfunction is prevented by fidgeting," which was published in July 2016. Congratulations on this well-deserved accolade! The award will be announced at the American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Banquet at the Experimental Biology Meeting 2018 in San Diego, CA.

Caroline Pruente Awarded the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017

Caroline Pruente, MU student enrolled in the NEP Coordinated Program in Dietetics, was awarded the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year in the amount of $1000 from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Pruente is pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to accelerating improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition. Congratulations Caroline for this great achievement!

NEP Dietetics Student Featured on Mizzou News

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017

NEP dietetics student, Ramiro Arreola, was recently featured on Mizzou News in an article entitled, "Against All Odds: California Student Overcomes a Tough Upbringing to Study Dietetics at Mizzou."

Ramiro (right) has thrived while at Mizzou, earning a near perfect GPA. Here he is pictured with Chris Hardin, chair and professor of nutrition and exercise physiology (left).

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Chris Hardin and Ramiro Arreola