April 9, 2013
and Exercise Science Professor Kristin
Ondrak published on the impact of exercise on cardiometabolic risk factors
in children as well as the role of sex-related hormones on weight control. In “Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Children: The Importance of
Physical Activity,” co-authored with R.G. McMurray (American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine,
March 2013), she noted that exercise training is related to a lowering of
elevated blood pressure, reduced inflammation, and improved vascular function
and blood lipid profiles. In her book chapter “Energy Balance and
Weight Control (Male and Female): Considerations” in Endocrinology
of Physical Activity and Sport (Humana Press, 2013), she examined
sex-related differences in weight control with special attention to the roles of
leptin, insulin, ghrelin, catecholamines, cortisol, estrogen and androgens. “For youth, the importance of physical activity cannot be overstated,”
Ondrak said. “For adults looking to lose weight, we are finding that sex-related
hormones have an important role in appetite suppression following exercise.
These findings are significant for long-term health and wellness, as well as
exercise programming and disease risk reduction.” Ondrak received
her doctorate in Human Movement Science from the School of Medicine at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An exercise scientist, her areas
of expertise include exercise physiology and epidemiology.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees, including a Master
of Sport Administration and Leadership.
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