Kinesiology Students Present Posters on How to Use Exercise to Treat Life-Threatening Conditions Such as Diabetes

May 02, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— Kinesiology students from the Exercise Testing and Prescription class presented posters on the role of exercise as a treatment for multiple conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, asthma, obesity, arterio/atherosclerosis, and cancer during the “Exercise as Medicine Symposium” held on Tuesday, April 29. The students were led by Exercise Physiologist Dr. Don Melrose, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Senior Tissany Rachunek, an Exercise Science major, gave a presentation on using exercise as a way to treat and manage hypertension, or what is more commonly referred to as high blood pressure.

“We can fix and manage hypertension through exercise and dieting,” said Rachunek. “Exercise is an important treatment option because it also helps relieve stress which is a major factor of high blood pressure.”

In addition, students presented proper exercise guidelines for populations such as children, older adults, and for pregnancy. Kinesiology senior Sydney Palmer discussed the different ways exercise can helpful for women who are pregnant.

“Many pregnant women are looking for ways to manage their weight during pregnancy and an exercise routine can help,” said Palmer. “It can also help reduce time spent in labor and make the process quicker and less painful.”