To contribute to the EXSS Departmental mission “To discover, create, and promote knowledge of human movement to improve the quality of life of individuals and society”, students and faculty within the graduate Exercise Physiology Specialization participates in a variety of community endeavors.

fruits.jpgDr. Hackney works with the members and board of directors of Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, NC on the development of sustainable agricultural practices and healthy food selection for people living in rural North Carolina. He also serves as an advisor to Duke University and the North Carolina conference of the United Methodist Church on nutritional and physical activity practices to improve the health of Pastors/Ministers serving in the United Methodist Church.


Dr. Marks served many years on the board of the Orange Cardiovascular Foundation, which has evolved into the cardiac rehab division of UNC ‘s Meadomont Wellness Center. She also serves as the EXSS Department Liason to Meadowmont for the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk.


For community experience, Dr. Marks hosted the Morehead Afterschool Science Program where children participated in a variety of funexercise-science lab experiences in the Applied Physiology Lab, Exercise Science Teaching Lab, and Sports Medicine Lab. Additionally, several campus fitness fairs in the “Pit” have been held where both undergrad and grad students in exercise physiology created health and fitness screening booths for UNC community participation.


stretching.jpgDr. Battaglini and Dr. Groff’s Get REAL & HEEL research program partnered with community agencies in central NC to provide free community-based health education sessions for breast cancer survivors. In an effort to extend reach for typically underserved breast cancer survivors that are not able to attend the center-based program, the program coordinators developed a condensed, interactive workshopbased on the center’s treatment protocol. The workshop was offered free of charge to all breast cancer survivors in the 13-county area represented by the NC Triangle Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which provided funding for this initiative. Workshops were hosted and promoted through partnerships with community health agencies, breast cancer support groups, and cancer treatment centers in each county.