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Department of Kinesiology

Physical Activity Intervention Research Laboratory (PAIR Lab)

Emily Mailey, Ph.D.

Lab Contact Information

Dr. Mailey: emailey@ksu.edu

PAIR Lab: pairlab@gmail.com

Phone: 785-532-7287

Fax: 785-532-6486

Lab Mission

The mission of the Physical Activity Intervention Research Laboratory (PAIR Lab) is to develop and deliver interventions to promote physical activity and reduce inactivity in a variety of populations. The PAIR Lab focuses on teaching individual behavior change strategies and developing support systems to enhance adoption and maintenance of physical activity. In addition, studies examine the social and psychological factors that influence physical activity participation, as well as the influence of physical activity participation on physical and mental health outcomes that impact quality of life. A core goal of the PAIR Lab is to design effective, sustainable interventions that can be adopted and implemented in various settings to have a significant public health impact.

Current projects

Fit Minded Working Moms This web-based intervention is using engaging podcasts, online discussions and activities to bring working moms together to overcome the challenges of making time for their own health and well-being. Moms who work at least 30 hours per week and have a child age 12 or younger are eligible to participate. ***Currently recruiting participants***

For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/FitMindedScreen

Up4HealthThis study is examining the effects of an intervention to reduce sitting time in the workplace on physical activity and health among female sedentary employees. We will provide participants with strategies for incorporating activity breaks during the workday. Testing will be conducted at the Physical Activity and Nutrition Clinical Research Consortium. Women aged 25-50 who work at least 35 hours per week in a sedentary job are eligible to participate. ***Currently recruiting participants***

For more information please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Up4Health

Manhattan Active Moms Study - This study is examining the effectiveness of group workshop sessions designed to promote physical activity among new moms. Women who have had a baby in the past year and are not currently exercising regularly are eligible to participate.

Understanding Parents’ Motivation - This prospective study is designed to improve our understanding of the factors that influence physical activity behaviors among parents. Moms and dads who have a child under age 16 living at home are eligible to participate.

Social Media and Physical Activity - In collaboration with the Digital Physical Activity Laboratory, we are currently systematically reviewing the existing scientific literature to identify and evaluate the use and effectiveness of social media in physical activity promotion interventions.

Lab Resources

Most of the research conducted in the PAIR Lab takes place in the Physical Activity and Nutrition Clinical Research Consortium (PAN-CRC), which is a collaborative clinical research facility. The PAN-CRC includes a large conference room for group-based workshop sessions, two Precor treadmills and a large group activity room for exercise training studies, and a childcare room to accommodate parents who participate in our research. In addition, the facility includes multiple examination rooms for assessing body composition, measuring cardiorespiratory fitness, processing blood samples, and evaluating a variety of clinical health outcomes.

The PAIR Lab is also equipped with 50 GT3X+ Actigraph accelerometers for objective physical activity assessment and uses Survey Monkey and Qualtrics for online data collection

Student Opportunities

The PAIR Lab is currently recruiting graduate and undergraduate students to assist with research projects. Students interested in promoting physical activity and public health will receive hands-on experience developing and conducting physical activity interventions. Students are also encouraged to pursue their own research interests with the support and supervision of Dr. Mailey. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with other students and faculty affiliated with the K-State PAN-CRC. Masters students have the option of pursuing a MS in Kinesiology or a Master’s in Public Health.