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Active Science Manuscript Published

November 28, 2015
Dr. Kevin E. Finn, Dr. Zi Yan, and Dr. Kyle J. McInnis collaborate to publish an active science manuscript.

Just recently, Dr. Kevin E. Finn, Dr. Zi Yan, and Dr. Kyle J. McInnis of Merrimack College’s Health Science faculty had their active science manuscript published in the American Journal of Health Education. Their accepted and published manuscript is entitled, “Active Science: Integrating Physical Activity and Science Learning into the Afterschool Environment”. 

As stated in their article, “Afterschool programs offer significant opportunities to increase physical activity levels and improve academic performance of children”. The purpose of their study was to assess the innovative approach to embed physical activity into science lessons in an after afterschool community setting. 

In their discussion portion of their article, Finn, Yan, and McInnis claim that the results of this study suggest an active education intervention demonstrated promising effects on promoting physical activity and science learning. In reference to health education practice, Finn, Yan and McInnis stated that afterschool programs should endorse innovative strategies to incorporate movement and activity into their curricula. 

Dr. Kevin E. Finn, Dr. Zi Yan, and Dr. Kyle J. McInnis are recipients of the Murray Fellowship award and will be presenting their research at the Murray Symposium on December 1, 2015 from 3:00PM-5:00PM in Murray Lounge in the Sakowich Student Center. 

Dr. Kevin E. Finn received his Bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College, his Master’s degree from Fairfield University, and his Ed.D. from Boston University and is currently serving as the Internship Coordinator for the Health Sciences department. 

Dr. Zi Yan obtained the Bachelor degree in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in China in 2006. She received her M.Ed. in Developmental Kinesiology from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and went on to receive her Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Sciences and a concurrent degree of M.P.H in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from Oregon State University in 2012.

Dr. Kyle J. McInnis received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from UMASS Lowell, his Master’s degree in Exercise Science/ Cardiac Rehabilitation from Springfield College, and his Sc.D. in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University. 

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