The Lifetime Fitness Program is currently managed by Director Dr. Ken Wilund and graduate coordinators in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, as well as a dedicated team of undergraduate exercise leaders.
Professor Wilund’s area of interest is exercise science. The focus of his research is to investigate the efficacy of lifestyle modifications (exercise and dietary factors) on co-morbidities associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Alexis King, MS
Hello everyone! My name is Alexis and I am excited for a great year with you all as we kick off my second year with LFP. I am a second year Ph.D. student in Dr. Wilund’s Renal & Cardiovascular Disease Research Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My research measures the impact of low sodium diets on blood pressure in chronic kidney disease patients. After a year in the cornfields, I am happy to call Champaign-Urbana my new home-away-from-home. Please let me know of fun weekend activities or Midwest travel recommendations!
My name is Brett and I’m in my 4th year with LFP. I’m also a 3rd year PhD student in the Dept. of Kinesiology working in Dr. Wilund’s lab. I’m interested in researching the effects of lifestyle interventions on the health and quality of life in kidney failure patients on hemodialysis. Currently, I’m working on a virtual reality intervention to reduce depressive symptoms in hopes of increasing adherence to exercise to ultimately improve their physical function. My hobbies include playing baseball and basketball with my son, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors with my family.