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Schmitz gives fall 2020 Dean’s Lecture on exercise as medicine

Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM, presented the Fall 2020 Penn State College of Medicine Dean’s Lecture, speaking on “Exercise is Medicine at Penn State Health” on Oct. 29.

Dr. Schmitz is a leading researcher in exercise oncology – the use of exercise in cancer prevention, control and survivorship. Her talk discussed that work and expanded on the other areas in which physical activity has been shown to produce tangible health benefits.

She peppered the presentation with invitations to the audience to stand, to “drop and give me 20” pushups and to find other ways to include physical activity into their lives.

Schmitz has published more than 240 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has had $25 million in funding for her research since 2001. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and served as the organization’s president from June 2018 to May 2019.

She was the lead author of the ACSM Roundtable on Exercise for Cancer Survivors, which published guidance for exercise testing and prescription for cancer survivors in July 2010. Earlier this year, she published her first book as editor, on exercise oncology, and became an elected member of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

View a replay of the Dean’s Lecture and Research Recognition Awards

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