Courtney Bentley, Ed.D., associate dean of the UAB School of Education, has been named president-elect of the Alabama Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Bentley was elected to the vacant position, along with other officers and members of the executive committee during the association’s fall meeting in October.

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education student Justin Wiley and Associate Professor Sandra Sims, Ph.D., each received awards from the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. ASAHPERD promotes healthy lifestyles in Alabama through high-quality programs in health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport and exercise science.

Sims, an associate professor in the Department of Human Studies, was given the inaugural College/University Physical Educator of the Year Award. Kristi Menear, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Human Studies, is immensely proud of Sims for being the first to receive the award.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that combining a calorie-restricted diet with high-intensity interval training could be a solution for reducing weight regain after weight loss.

“One of the major problems when you restrict calories on a diet is that you lose muscle mass, and as a result, your metabolism slows down to accommodate the restriction of food,” said Eric Plaisance, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science in the UAB School of Education. “Eighty percent of people who lose weight by dieting gain all of it back in a four- to five-year period.”

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a seven-year $49 million grant awarded to the UAB School of Education by the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Now in its fourth year, the program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing direct and support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.

Kinesiology activity courses are a fun way to earn credit and get moving during your day. Courses are open to all undergraduates. This spring, we’re bringing back racquetball along with the courses listed below.