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UTSA researcher advocates more youth exercise

(April 19, 2005)--Zenong Yin, the Loretta J. Lowak Clarke Distinguished Professor in Health and Kinesiology in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, is co-author of an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that recommends vigorous physical activity for children to avoid obesity and complications such as diabetes.

The research in the April issue of the journal concludes that adolescents who get daily vigorous physical activity tend to be leaner and fitter than their less active peers, and that the leanest and fittest children are the ones who have the most vigorous activity for longer periods of time -- specifically, by engaging in at least one hour of vigorous activity per day. "Vigorous" activity is that which maintains elevated heart and breathing rates.

Read an abstract of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article.

Read a summary of the research at the Medical College of Georgia Web site.

Yin received his Ph.D. in psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise from the University of Southern California. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate sport and exercise psychology classes since 1992.

His research focuses on exercise adherence and achievement goal perspectives in sport. He has published more than 30 research articles in sport and exercise psychology, public health and education psychology.

--Tim Brownlee

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