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Ms. Dana Day, a senior exercise major shared her message on the importance of keeping physically active during this challenging time of COVID-19 and free resources available now to keep up with your exercise practice. Help to get the word out and share what you know with us.


Congratulations for choosing to pursue a career in Health and Human Performance here at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. It promises to be a fulfilling and exciting one! As you know, the fields of Exercise Science, Health and Kinesiology play an integral part in the total educational process and wellbeing for all subsets of our population from infants to the elderly. One of the most important responsibilities we face in our profession is to instill in each child and adult, the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which includes the participation in lifetime sports and fitness activities. This can be accomplished by providing sound programs in Exercise Science, Health, and Kinesiology based on quality instruction, best teaching practices, and the application of current research. To that end, the Department of Health and Human Performance at UTRGV strives to provide you with the training and educational background needed to become a highly skilled and knowledgeable exercise science specialist, health educator, and/or physical educator.  

Volleyball Intramural Game Between H&K and Exercise Science

Volleyball game 

volleyball game


Surprise Speaker Cody Calchado the World’s Strongest Disabled Man 2015!

Cody Calchado

UTRGV Women's Basketball Assistant Coaches Kaylena Andersen and Yannick Denson along with special guest Cody Calchado who was the World’s Strongest Disabled Man in 2015 and runner in 2016 with Health and Human Performance majors in Danessa Peterson’s Biomechanics class. 


Exercise Science Student Research

Dr. Murat Karabulut revised the format of one of the classes (KINE 3160 Exercise Testing and Prescription) in order to link scholarship with learning to provide opportunity for students to test their knowledge, discover relationships between health related independent and dependent variables, and gain more hands on experience. In his class, he guides his students to explore the literature and find a unique health issue or problem to investigate. Students also go through online training to learn about ethics, Belmont report, the Federal regulations etc. to obtain necessary knowledge and certification to perform a research study. They perform real IRB approved research studies and present findings of the research studies in local, regional, and national conferences and symposiums.