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Children's Physical Activity Research Group (CPARG)

The Children's Physical Activity Research Group (CPARG) is an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and graduate students who are dedicated to expanding the body of knowledge on physical activity and its promotion in children and adolescents. An overarching aim of CPARG is to enhance the health of young people by generating the knowledge needed to design and implement effective public health policies.

NEW Parent Resources

CPARG develops resource list to help parents find opportunities for their children to be physically active! 

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Areas of research interest include:

  • Measurement of physical activity in children and adolescents
  • Interventions to increase physical activity of young people
  • Influences on physical activity behavior during childhood and adolescence
  • Relationships between physical activity and other health parameters in youth
  • Surveillance of physical activity in populations of young people
  • Impact of physical activity on body weight status in youth


Recent News

Congratulations to Emily Shull who completed her PhD in July!

Agnes Bucko, MS, won 1st place in the Maternal and Child Health iPoster

Dawndy Mercer Plank brings attention to new Parent Resources on CPARG

Marsha Dowda Publishes Article Examining Three Measures of Physical Activity

The South Carolina FitnessGram Project

Morgan Clennin Publishes Article Examining the Relationship Between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Deprivation and Weight-Related Outcomes in Youth

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Professor Emerita Ruth Saunders wins alumni award for lifetime achievement

Micheala Schenkelberg Publishes Article on Physical Activity in Children with Disabilities

Kerry McIver Publishes Article from CPARG TEDDY Study

Ruth Saunders Publishes Article from CPARG's TRACK Study

Samantha McDonald, PhD Begins Assistant Professor Position at Illinois State

Fit Students More Likely to Achieve Academic Success, Despite Poverty Status

National Physical Activity Plan Merges to Become Component of New Physical Activity Alliance

Myriam Torres Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Kerry Mciver Joins New Project As Measurement Expert

Russell Pate featured in US News article on Coronavirus and outdoor exercise

Former CPARG appointed to President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Science Board

Emily Shull Publishes Research on Sports Participation in Youth

Michaela Schenkelberg, PhD begins work as assistant professor at University of Nebraska

Morgan Clennin, PhD pursues research fellowship with Kaiser Permanente

Doctoral student pursues postdoctoral fellowship

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