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McNair Scholar 2011Jordan Langen

Jordan Langen is a senior in the Honors Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Japanese. His research interests include understanding the physiological factors of endurance events, specifically marathon running.

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My dream is to be able to communicate across cultures and continue learning and trying to enlighten others of the beauty and capabilities of the human body.

Research project

Body Composition and Weight Changes in a 15-week Marathon Training Program

Abstract: With the increasing rates of obesity worldwide, exercise and nutritional interventions have been at the forefront in attempts to produce positive health changes. The general public often views the effectiveness of an exercise program solely on changes in their weight. This research, demonstrates that weight loss may not occur without months of intervention and that weight loss may be a poor assessment to quantify immediate positive results. This study also gives evidence that the public needs a practical way to access body composition changes through intervention programs designed to lower body weight. Data was collected from a Marathon Training course offered at the University of Minnesota-TC through three consecutive years (2009-2011). Body composition and body weight were compared from a pre/post 15-wk structured marathon training plan. Results provided evidence that significant changes in body composition occurred for both male and females, however not body weight. This phenomenon was more prevalent in females, who actually gained weight, which is consistent with previous literature looking at the dichotomy of gender differences (Bjorntorp, 1980). This data further emphasizes the imperativeness of deemphasizing body weight as a solitary measurement of immediate changes in health gains through exercise. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Stacy Ingraham is currently an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the coaching program in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa where she also participated in track. She has a wide spectrum of research interests and has a passion for enlightening the public towards healthy living. Dr Ingraham has been published in multiple journals and has presented her work at conferences nationwide.  She has been awarded the Who’s who in college teachers in 1996/2000.