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.


wilundKenneth Wilund, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
College of Applied Health Sciences
Phone: 217.265.6755
Fax: 217.244.7322
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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

PhD Student; Renal & Cardiovascular Disease Research Lab                  

Alexis is a first year Ph.D. student for the Renal & Cardiovascular Disease Research Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Alexis was born and raised in California and enjoys hiking, a glass of red wine while she cooks, kayaking, and caring for her cat, Cornelius. Her current research interests include chronic kidney disease and premature aging. She is currently the graduate assistant for the Lifetime Fitness Program (LFP) and enjoys helping the members achieve better balance in their activities of daily living. 

Brett Burrows, MS
PhD Student, Kinesiology

My name is Brett and I’m in my 3rd year with LFP and a 3rd year PhD student in the Dept. of Kinesiology. I’m researching the effects of lifestyle interventions on the health and quality of life in kidney failure patients. Currently, I’m working on a virtual reality intervention to reduce depressive symptoms to then increase adherence to exercise. My hobbies include chasing my son around our house, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.