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These headlines showcase the amazing stories taking place in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation.

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Amazing Stories


ANSEP students in the lab

ANSEP students talking to a faculty

ANSEP students holding up a stick with their fingers

Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)/ Alaska's AHEC Acceleration Academy students stopped by the HPER. The students learned about our courses, the human performance lab, and our many programs.

June 2019

Recognition Award

American College of Sports Medicine recognized UAA as an EIM-OC Silver Campus. UAA received the Exercise is Medicine on Campus certificate in recognition of its commitment to educate students, faculty, and staff about the benefits of increased physical activity and to create a culture of wellness on campus.

May 2019

students striking a winning pose

Congratulations to the very first all-women team to represent HPER/ACSM-AK at the American College of Sports Medicine Student Bowl

May 2019

Spring Graduates

Congratulations HPER spring graduates for your achievement and success!
HPER is proud of your accomplishments and the person you’ve become.

May 2019

100 Miles in May Challenge

HPER participated in the 100 Miles in May Challenge by Healthy Futures!

Team Name: "Go to Health!" 

May 2019

 Cooking Clinic

Backcountry Cooking Clinic 

There were 130+ attendees to the cooking clinic led by UAA Health, Physical Education & Recreation Director, TJ Miller. TJ with his extensive experience delivered ideas prepping dehydrated meals for expeditions, provided tips, and recipes for backcountry cooking!

Hosted by Outdoor Recreation Club at UAA

April 2019

Degree Dash

The UAA College of Health Degree Dash is an amazing "race" (quick walk) through some fun-filled stations that feature the various certificate and degree programs available to incoming students at the College. This year nearly 100 students participated. 

April 2019
Students standing next to their poster presentation

Madeline Eliassen, ACSM-CPT, HPER Student and Junland Navarro, BSPE, ACSM-CPT.
Poster Presentation: Do Know Your Numbers Participants Meet The National Recommended Physical Activity as a Vital Sign?
Location: ACSM Northwest and Alaska Annual Meeting, Bend, Oregon. 

March 2019
Casey Wright skiing

HPER student, Casey Wright,  skis to All-America honors at NCAA Championships.

March 2019
Research student presentation

PLAAY Summit

Professor Maryann Hoke and Madeline presents: Know Your Numbers and Physical Activity as a Vital Sign. 

February 2019
 PLAAY Day students

Congratulations to the PLAAY/HPER leaders for a successful PLAAY Day!
PLAAY Day 2019 was joined by 37 Schools/ Organizations across the country; Alabama, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, and schools all over Alaska. 4048 participated in 30 minutes of synchronized physical activity. 

 February 2019

 Know Your Numbers - Valdez 

Physical education students and staff from UAA traveled to Valdez over the weekend of Feb. 1-3 to do a fitness assessment for the community.

 February 2019

Step in & Speak up written on TJ's forearm"We will fight" written on Kyra's forearm. Kyra on guard pose.

#SeawolfSpeakUp Campaign. HPER is proud to Speak Up!

"Step in. Speak Up."

- TJ Miller

"We will fight... to create a culture of respect at UAA."


January 2019


Amazing Stories


Upgrade you Fitness. Understand you Body. Know your Numbers!

New Know Your Numbers record: 112 participants and 30 on waitlist. 

October, November, & December 2018
Collage of Knockout November & De-stress December activities

Knockout November & De-Stress December 2018

November & December, 2018

 Green and Gold Article: "Better Together: How UAA's Kyra McKay is helping employees embrace wellness during the workday"  November 27, 2018
Mascot and two girls running

UAA Participated in the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMOC) Mascot Challenge. Check out the video on the Human Performance YouTube Channel. Video directed and filmed by: Liam Lindsay 

October 2018
 Thumbs Up to Wellness Student-led wellness breaks boost employee morale October 22, 2018
Carl Hall of Fame

Congratulate HPER Professor Carl Arts!

Carl Arts (Men's Basketball) has been selected as the newest member of the Seawolf Hall of Fame. 

October 21, 2018
Person in raft on Copper River on a misty morning Student expedition course tackles Wrangell-St. Elias October 16, 2018
Downtown Anchorage with snowy mountians in the background, Text says Anchorage, AK, #1 in Parkland "Love Parks?, Alaska is the place for you!" Article on the ACSM Fitness Index written by Maryann Hoke, Junland Navarro, Yvonne Jeschke, Liam Lindsay and Darrion Gray of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.  October 4, 2018
Anchorage Bike to Work Day HPER hosts booth for Anchorage Bike to Work Day May 18, 2018
Stuart Towarak with arms raised in champion pose HPER Student, Stuart Towarak, sets Arctic Winter Games Record April 23, 2018
Employee Wellness Semester Timeline graph Documented:
History of UAA Employee Wellness Program
April 12, 2018
New Employee Wellness Practicum Coordinator HPER hires Kyra McKay as our full-time Employe Wellness Practicum Coordinator!
UAA Employee Wellness program is back—and it’s better than ever
April 12, 2018
Five people posing together with ACSM Silver Level Campus award UAA is recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Exercise is Medicine® Silver Level Campus March 1, 2018
Robert Forto and Miranda Sheely feeding sled dogs and presenting to class Coverage of Robert Forto's Winter Expedition course:
Spring break on ice
February 27, 2018
HPER students facilitate activity for PLAAY Day 2018. PLAAY Day is a simultaneous student physical activity event that reaches thousands of students across the state and nation
February 22, 2018





 HPER launches Know Your Numbers, an Employee Wellness Program, October 3

HPER Recognized as Approved Educational Provider for National Organization, July 28

Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation to move to UAA College of Health, April 27

Staff wellness breaks are B-A-A-A-C-K..., Pilot program renewed, February 4

HPER faculty address teen health in PLAAY Summit Feb 19-20, February 2


 HPER and Staff Council offer Free wellness breaks for UAA staff, September 29

The raft pack, September 23

Higher Education, August 26

Community "I AM UAA": Skinny Raven Sports, July 29

BSU President: "I try to broadcast the black perspective", July 17

Caribbean Olympian?, May 28

Matanuska Glacier converted into a UAA classroom, March 18


 UAA alumnus named Tribal Member of the Year, July 21

UAA students' first ever participation in quiz bowl sets high bar, June 27

CTC field assistant racing in this year's Iditarod, Feb. 28


 HPER faculty interviewed on "Line One: Your Health Connection", March 13


 UAA is the new home to Alaska's first and only Bod Pod!, February 8


 Registe takes the bronze in 2011 Pan American Games, Oct. 26