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Message from Dr. Anne Farrell, Chair of Health and Exercise Science

Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year. We are excited to see what this year brings, however, would like to take the time to outline a few highlights of the last year.


Some of our Faculty  highlights: 

Dr. Jill Bush was elected to the NCSA Nominations Committee. Her duties will be to serve the interest of the membership by selecting a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors to be elected by a majority vote (of those voting) of the NSCA membership eligible to vote in NSCA elections.

Dr. Avery Faigenbaum earned an impressive award and a title this summer:  Awarded the 2017 Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement by The National Strength and Conditioning Association and becoming an International Honorary Fellow through the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, Ireland, 2017. Additionally, had a a very busy spring and summer serving as the keynote speaker four times: 1)Youth Sports Safety Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, July, 2017, 2) American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Conference,, San Diego, CA, May, 2017, 3) Washington University 10th Annual Sports Medicine Update, St Louis, MO, March, 2017, and for the  4) Congreso Internacional de Prevencion de Lesiones Deportivas. Universidad Catolica de Murcia, Spain,  March, 2017.

Dr. Anne Farrell along with Dr. Tracy Perron (Nursing, TCNJ) and Dr. Tami Jakuboski (Nursing, Gwenydd Mercy University) presented at the 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland. The presentation focused on a collaborative approach to reducing childhood obesity.

Drs. Laura Bruno and Anne Farrell participated in the Unity Ways HEALTHY SCHOOLS, HEALTHY STUDENTS conference at Robert Woods Johnson. The conference focused on Fitness as Fuel for Educational Success: Obesity, Nutrition, Physical Fitness, and Student Behavior and Learning.  Bruno and Farrell discussed the impact of physical activity on academic performance and how quality physical education is necessary and ways for classroom teachers to implement movement throughout the school day.

Dr. Laura Bruno expanded health education learning experiences for the HPET majors through collaborative efforts with the Nursing Department,  KidsBridge Tolerance Center, and the TCNJ Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Components of the collaboration focused on encompassing pedagogical techniques and classroom management strategies with regard to health content so that the students were armed with the tools needed to effectively teach students in a health classroom setting.  In addition to this, students worked in conjunction with the Kidsbridge Tolerance Center and CELR during which time students had the opportunity to teach the students involved the Tolerance Center’s program as well as the after school program titled Academic Sports Academy (ASA). Following each authentic teaching setting, students were prompted to debrief and thoroughly reflect on the experiences.   Additionally, the poverty simulation, offered through the Nursing Department, offered students a realistic view of how poverty can be difficult to escape.

Dr. Jie Kang  In June, traveled with John Graham (Director of St. Luke’s Sports and Fitness Performance & HES adjunct) and presented in the 5th Strength and Conditioning Summit held in Wuhan Sports University, China. Presentation topics were: 1) Biological Testing in Identifying Talent in Sports, 2) Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps,-A Current Perspective, and 2) Sports Nutrition for Youth Athletes. Mr. Graham, who offered a HES Professional Development experience this past spring, presented “Metabolic Training for Health, Fitness, and Sports” and conducted a practical session on “Metabolic Training Methodology” in front of 200+ attendees.

Dr. Nick Ratamess over the summer presented research findings from the lab addressing Acute metabolic effects of a sandbag resistance exercise protocol at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference in Las Vegas, NV.


Summer Pre-College Academy!!!

This summer SNHES faculty, including Drs. Bruno, Bush, & Ratamess presented an educational session to high school students considering majoring in health science based professions.  Vitalities: A Summer Academy for the Exploration of Health Professions addressed how the health of the human body and human society rely on education, safety, preparation, prevention and treatment, and scientific research. Students learned facets of the health professions taught at TCNJ and how each profession can impact the vitality of the body and society. Professors from Nursing, Exercise Science, and Public Health lead activities for students to explore and learn about the content below and put their knowledge to use in a culminating health and fitness knowledge quest.

  • Assessment of Heart and Lungs
  • CPR – certification included
  • Sources of New Global Infection
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Fitness and Performance Assessment and Evaluation
  • Nutrition for Health and Athletic Performance
  • Mystery Illness Identification

Check out the digital journal of this fun and exciting journey on Facebook at