Additional Programs

Department of Kinesiology

In addition to its programs leading to academic degrees, the Department of Kinesiology hosts the Lifespan Wellness Research Center, the Performance Running Lab, Kourage Health and an annual PE Workshop.

  • The Lifespan Wellness Research Center is both a facility and a program, designed to positively influence health-related behaviors of individuals affiliated with the University and the wider community. The program provides opportunities for research and hands-on learning experience for students. Services offered by the Center include fitness testing, body composition assessment and personal training. For more information contact the department at (903-566-7031,

  • The Performance Running Lab is the first resource of its kind in the greater East Texas Area. Founded and operated by Department of Kinesiology faculty and elite endurance athletes Dr. Scott Spier and Reuben Cowan, the Performance Running Lab offers assessments that will benefit runners of all skill levels, including VO2 max testing, lactate threshold, running economy, establishing target heart rate zones, and gait analysis. For more information, contact the lab at
  • The Department of Kinesiology is proud to host an on-campus exercise center for Kourage Health®. This nonprofit organization is the only known community-based exercise program that is completely free of charge and available for the lifetime of the participant. Graduate and undergraduate kinesiology students can complete their required internships as Clinical Staff with Kourage Health®, developing individualized exercise treatment plans for community members with chronic illnesses and disabilities. All participants must be referred to the program by their physician, and exercise sessions are supervised by Kinesiology faculty member and ACSM Cancer Exercise Trainer, Ashley Dalby. For more information, visit 
  • The Annual Physical Education Workshop is held annually in early October and features a nationally accomplished physical education (PE) teacher as its facilitator. The participants are drawn from PE teachers and coaches in Upper East Texas and PE teacher trainees from local colleges and universities. The workshop features a stimulating assortment of fun-packed, educational games and ideas that focus on encouraging individual participation in large class environments. The presentations provide all-inclusive, fun activities, which in turn minimize discipline problems and maximize participation. All activities are hands-on and every participant is actively engaged. At the end of the workshop, certificates are awarded to the successful participants. For more information contact: Tina Taylor, 903-566-7031;

Annual Physical Education Workshop Registration and Information Form