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UW-Eau Claire Kinesiology Students Recognized
With First Place Award for Research Paper

RELEASED: April 20, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire kinesiology students received a first place award for their research paper at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine Spring Tutorial Meeting on March 30.

Senior Erica Borresen, North Mankato, Minn., and junior Jeanna Wallenta, Lake Lillian, Minn., presented a summary of their research paper, "A moderate-intensity exercise program, fulfilling the ACSM net energy expenditure recommendation, improves health outcomes in pre-menopausal women." Borresen's and Wallenta's paper is based on results from a 10-week fitness study they conducted last year in collaboration with faculty member Lance Dalleck, assistant professor of kinesiology.

The fitness study worked with women between the ages of 18 and 45 and designed exercise regimens that would burn approximately 1,000 calories per week the amount recommended as necessary for gaining significant health benefits by the American College of Sports Medicine.

"Our research found that following the ACSM recommendation of 1,000 kilocalories expended due to exercise per week does result in significant health outcomes," Wallenta said. "These health improvements include improved cardiovascular fitness, HDL levels, diastolic and systolic blood pressures, fasting blood glucose levels, as well as decreased body fat percentage."

The $500 award Borresen and Wallenta received will be used for ACSM publications, fees, registrations and certificates. The money will also fund a trip to the National ACSM meeting in New Orleans May 29-June 1, where Borresen and Wallenta will present a poster based on their research paper. Both Borresen and Wallenta said they are excited about attending the conference.

"I was not expecting this research project to go as far as it has, so I am excited to get feedback from others to help improve future research," Borresen said.

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