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Expert physiologist shares insights on factors affecting health of astronauts on extended missions

April 10, 2023
Barry Spiering, lead physiologist in the New Balance Sports Research Lab, is among the Spaceflight Human Optimization and Performance Summit-2023's expert speakers and will be sharing his insights on maintaining the health and performance of astronauts on lengthy missions.

Photo of Barry Spiering, lead physiologist in the New Balance Sports Research Lab

UHCL to host summit with world renowned scientists to discuss preparing astronauts for extended-duration spaceflight

March 30, 2023
The Spaceflight Human Optimization and Performance Summit-2023, to be held at University of Houston-Clear Lake April 27-29, will connect thought leaders in strength and conditioning, sport science, psychology, nutrition and other related disciplines in a forum to address the physical readiness of astronauts for extended-duration spaceflight.

Photo of U.S. Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut Capt. Chris Cassidy, keynote speaker of the SHOP-23 event.

'Here to help people': Student finds purpose in UHCL Exercise and Health Sciences program

March 15, 2023
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury or disease can mean a lifelong journey of difficult treatment and rehabilitation. Because it can take years to return to a prior level of function, Disha Kapoor says it’s her mission to help those suffering have easier, more independent lives.

Photo of UHCL student Disha Kapoor

UH-Clear Lake program helps people with traumatic brain injuries when insurance doesn’t cover rehabilitation

November 18, 2021
HHPI's work supporting people with traumatic brain injuries was featured in a story by KPRC Channel 2.

Elite athletes can't 'tough it out' when it comes to stress: UHCL expert explains

August 20, 2021
Clinical Director of University of Houston-Clear Lake's Health and Human Performance Institute Joe Hazzard discusses how and why elite athletes find themselves overwhelmed by stress, anxiety or depression. 

 A gymnast chalking her hands

Institute offers help, hope to people with traumatic brain injury

August 17, 2021
Qualified resources and support for people with traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, like Sean's can be difficult to find. However, Sean and his mother have found a crucial resource in the University of Houston-Clear Lake's HHPI.

Sean Carter practices walking in a harness, supported on the right by HHPI Clinical Director Dr. Joe Hazzard, and guided by graduate students in UHCL's Exercise Sciences program.

HHPI supports brain injury recovery through exercise, service

July 29, 2021
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the United States, and it's the cause of death for over 160 Americans daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Joe Hazzard and Luis Gonzalez observe Sandra Salars' exercise in the UHCL Recreation and Wellness Center

Health and Human Performance Institute reimagines vision, widens impact

November 2, 2020
The newly renamed Health and Human Performance Institute (HHPI) is increasing the scope of its research and community offerings at University of Houston-Clear Lake and beyond. Previously named the Exercise and Nutritional Health Institute, the interdisciplinary research center is already known for its programs designed to improve exercise and nutrition behaviors for people with chronic diseases and the Low Carb Houston Conference.

Veteran trains for new career in exercise science at UHCL

December 5, 2018
Randall Sharp never pictured himself finishing a four-year degree, much less starting a graduate program. But Sharp, who transferred to University of Houston-Clear Lake from Alvin Community College and is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will be crossing the stage this December to receive his bachelor's in fitness and human performance and begin his exercise and health sciences master’s in the spring.

Randall Sharp

Low Carb Houston Conference speaker explores psychology of habit change

December 6, 2018
Every day, people decide they would like to make a change in their diet and try to lose weight. And many of them fail because they don’t understand how to take the scientific evidence about good nutrition and actually change their lifestyle and eating habits, says Keith Norris, chief development officer, founder and owner of Paleo f(x).

From 352 to 164 pounds: success story from low-carb conference

November 28, 2018
Like millions of Americans, 59-year-old design engineer Jim Caldwell struggled with his weight. Although he’d tried to make changes, nothing worked for long. Inspired in part by some YouTube videos by Webster-based cardiologist Nadir Ali, Caldwell learned how a low-carb, high-fat diet could improve his health and was able to complete a successful weight-loss journey. He flew from his home in Chicago to attend University of Houston-Clear Lake’s recent Low Carb Houston Conference, held Oct. 25-27, to learn more about nutrition and to share his weight-loss success with others.

CLASP lecture on senior exercise includes visit to UHCL's new health institute

October 23, 2018
The Clear Lake Association of Senior Programs began its 2018 speaker series in September with a lecture on the relationship between exercise and nutrition for health, presented by Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences William Amonette.

CLASP lecture on senior exercise includes visit to UHCL's new health institute

'Top Chef Master' finalist headed to UHCL to lead keto dinner demonstration, discussion

October 23, 2018
After sharing her dishes on national TV as a finalist on Top Chef Master 2010, celebrated author and restauranteur Monica Pope will come to University of Houston-Clear Lake's Low Carb Houston Conference, hosted by the Exercise, Nutrition and Health Institute.

Monica Pope, Top Chef Master 2010 Finalist

Conference to focus on nutrition responses to diet-related diseases

October 15, 2018
The association between a high-carbohydrate diet, sedentary lifestyle, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity is overwhelmingly supported by research. Each year, the number of Americans diagnosed with one or more of these chronic diseases rises.


New institute at UHCL researches nutrition and exercise to combat chronic disease

October 5, 2018
There is a gap in the healthcare continuum in our community, says William Amonette, associate professor of exercise science at University of Houston-Clear Lake. For those struggling with chronic ailments – such as diabetes, stroke, heart diseases or obesity – insurance benefits offer limited coverage, if any at all.

UHCL researches nutrition and exercise to combat chronic disease

Alumnus' career continues to gain strength across two continents

August 21, 2018
Junghai Xu met University of Houston-Clear Lake's Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences Bill Amonette in Beijing, when Xu acted as an English interpreter for him during his tenure as a strength and conditioning coach for the Chinese National Basketball Team.

Junghai Xu and Dr. Bill Amonette

Low Carb Houston Conference to explore improving health through nutrition

July 24, 2018
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancer have increased because of modern diet and lifestyle. The Low Carb Houston Conference at the University of Houston-Clear Lake on Oct. 25-27 has been organized to address and examine nutritional strategies to improve chronic disease. Health care providers, scientists, nutritionists and other experts in the field will examine many facets and nuances of carbohydrate restriction to improve metabolic consequences and chronic diseases arising from a standard American diet during the event in the university's Bayou Theater.

UHCL's exercise and health sciences degree offers career options, work experience

May 3, 2018
University of Houston-Clear Lake's Exercise and Health Sciences Master of Science program is embarking on a new era in student training and research. The program, recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for the content and practicality of its sport science curriculum, has expanded and now offers its students an opportunity to specialize in public health.

UHCL's exercise and health sciences degree offers career options, work experience