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Health and Kinesiology names department faculty member of the year

By Byron Spencer | Date: August 27, 2013

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The College of Education and Human Development's Health and Kinesiology Department has named Dr. Meizi He as Faculty Member of the Year for 2012-2013. Each year, the department recognizes a faculty member who showed great achievements in research/grants, teaching, and service.


Dr. He received her MD and MSc from Sun Yet-sen University of Medical Sciences, China and her PhD in Nutrition and Health from the University of Hong Kong. She received her post-doctoral training at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. He has been working in the field of nutrition and health promotion for over 25 years. 


Dr. He’s research expertise is in the fields of community nutrition and health promotion. Her current research program addresses the problems of obesity and its comorbidities using both behavioral and metabolic approaches. She identified behavioral risk factors for obesity in minorities including Hispanics that can be modified through school- and community-based interventions. There are several on-going sponsored research programs currently being carried out in her Laboratory of Human Nutrition at UTSA. These include: 1. “Building a Healthy Temple – A faith-based obesity prevention program for Latino children and parents, funded by the San Antonio Life Science Institute. (2010-2011); 2. “Building a Healthy Temple – A faith-based community participatory research project for preventing childhood obesity among Latino families, funded by RWJF, Salud America! Competition. (2009-2011); 3. “Soy as an Innovative Strategy to Prevent Central Obesity in Menopausal Women”funded by the United Soybean Association and the UTSA Collabrative Research Seed Grant Proram (2011-2012); 4. “Effect of resistance training in preventing yo-yo weight cycling in middle-age women” funded by the UT STARs Plus Fund. 




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