EOH Healthy Habits


November 1, 2021

Healthy Habits – Ping-Ching Hsu

Ping-Ching Hsu, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor) Our family loves the beautiful parks and quiet life here in Arkansas! Being born-and-raised in the city, we started to learn and enjoy all kinds of activities: mountain climbing, fishing, cycling, tennis, and more. This is especially helpful during the pandemic, not only to keep the kids entertained, but also…


Healthy Habits – Sean Young, PhD

Sean Young, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor) I usually start everyday walking around our neighborhood with each of my children, one at a time. It’s a short walk (about 0.3 miles or so), but it helps us all start the day being physically active, and it gives me a chance to talk with my children one-on-one to…


September 27, 2021

Healthy Habits – Hot summer is not an excuse!

While summer in Arkansas may often restrict options for physical activity, our department strives to achieve our goals even in these conditions. For example, Education II (ED II) building’s 9th floor walking route offers a unique opportunity to decompress and walk a mile or two during our lunch break while visiting with colleagues.


Healthy Habits – Children see – children do

It is an open secret that we are programming our children for their future habits, as children often inherit behavioral patterns from their parents. Therefore, priming our children for healthy choices since childhood is an ultimate goal of our department.  


Healthy Habits with Stefanie Kennon-McGill and Mitchell McGill

Stefanie Kennon-McGill, Ph.D., and Mitchell McGill, PH.D. (Assistant Professors) Since graduate school, we both have enjoyed running. It is also how we met each other. One of the most memorable races to us was the 2013 Diabetes Dash for Life, a 5-kilometer race in Kansas City, which benefitted the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes…


Healthy Habits with Gunnar Boysen

Gunnar Boysen, Ph.D. (Associate Professor) My main pastime is cross country skiing. Every year in February, I go to northern Wisconsin and participate in the American Birkebeiner ski marathon, a 50 km long and 5000 ft. elevation gain event.  It is basically like skiing from Little Rock to Conway while taking the hilly route. To…


Healthy Habits with Tung-chin Chiang

Tung-chin Chiang, Ph.D., MPH (Assistant Professor) My Ph.D. advisor at Tulane University always tells others that Tung-chin collected degrees! After a warming southern experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), I became a Tar Heels fan and cheered for University of North Carolina (UNC). The best experience in at UAB and UNC was…


Healthy Habits from Jay Gandy

Jay Gandy, Ph.D. (Professor and Associate Provost for the UAMS NWA Campus) My wife, Lisa, and I have been avid cyclists for many years. We ride with several different cycling clubs and typically ride our road bikes about 100-150 miles a week. Last year we purchased gravel bikes and have really enjoyed exploring the gravel…


August 19, 2021

Healthy Habits from Chris Fettes

Christopher Fettes, MA (Instructor and Program Coordinator, recipient of the COPH Best Staff Excellence Award, 2021) After I graduated college and started working in an office, I took an interest in running for exercise to compensate for lower levels of activity. I ran with several coworkers during our lunch breaks, and soon one of them suggested we attend an interest…