Physical Activity and Public Health Laboratory

Director: Dr. Katie Heinrich

The mission of the Physical Activity and Public Health Laboratory is to conduct research to understand and promote physical activity in a variety of settings and populations. Faculty and students working in the PAPH Lab adopt a social ecological approach to examine individual, interpersonal, institutional, environmental, and policy factors that influence population-level physical activity and health. Lab activities include qualitative and quantitative methods  of data collection, intervention development and implementation, evaluation of processes and outcomes, and communication of current knowledge. The lab  philosophy includes the consideration of community-based participatory methods,  culturally tailored programs and studies, and dissemination and sustainability  of evidence-based programs.

Current Research Projects

Survey of Kansas Policymaker's Attitudes toward Issues and Problems in Kansas (Heinrich)
The purpose of this study was to survey elected and appointed officials in the State of Kansas in order to ascertain their opinions on the following:

  1. the most important issues or problems in Kansas;
  2. their ratings of the importance of a list of problems faced by many states;
  3. what Kansas needs most to solve these problems.

Analysis of the Kansas City Built Environment and Health Study (Heinrich)

Evaluation of the Sunflower Trails Program (Kaczynski & Heinrich)

Youth Elite Conditioning Camp (Heinrich)

Lab contact information

Mailing address:
Physical activity and Public Health Laboratory
Department of Kinesiology
1A Natatorium
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532- 3484
(785) 532-6486 fax

Room 213 & 214 Ahearn Fieldhouse