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Source: David Dzewaltowski, 785-532-7750,
Pronouncer: Dzewaltowski is JEY-ull-tau-skee.
Photo available. Contact or 785-532-6415.
News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009


MANHATTAN -- David Dzewaltowski, professor and head of Kansas State University's department of kinesiology, is a new member of the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame.

He was inducted Oct. 2.

Dzewaltowski, who also is director of K-State's Community Health Institute, received his master's degree from West Virginia University in 1985. He joins 99 other West Virginia University alumni and/or faculty to be entered into the hall of fame. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must hold a degree awarded by the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences or a certification in athletic training prior to 1997, or have been a faculty or staff member who made significant contributions to the college, their profession and society.

"This honor makes me believe that my research is having an impact," Dzewaltowski said. "I also appreciate the opportunity to remember the influence that several professors had on me during my master's degree as I was making the decision to become a scientist. I hope in my work with graduate students I can have as much impact on their lives as some of my former mentors have had on me."

After receiving his doctorate in psychology of exercise and sport in 1987 from the University of Iowa, Dzewaltowski joined K-State. He was promoted to full professor in 2000. His research currently focuses on identifying the social and personal determinants of healthful physical activity and nutrition in children, and evaluating community-based programs to prevent childhood obesity.

Dzewaltowski has authored more than 80 scientific publications, and has been the principal investigator on several research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture and health foundations for more than $4 million. He has received several awards including being named a Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Kansas Health Foundation Community Leadership Fellow, and the K-State Research and Extension System Builder Award. He also has served on many editorial and advisory boards.