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Exercise and health sciences leader in United Kingdom named Human Ecology Alumni Fellow

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kenneth R. Fox, professor emeritus of exercise and health sciences at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, has been chosen as the College of Human Ecology’s alumni fellow for 2014.

Ken Fox

Ken Fox

Fox, who has a master’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University, has dedicated his career to research, teaching and policy development in physical activity and health.   His interests have included fitness education, obesity, mental health and activity in later life.

"Dr. Fox is a distinguished scientist that has had a significant role in shaping public policy in the United Kingdom as it relates to public health and physical activity,” said John Buckwalter, dean. “We are grateful that he agreed to travel from England to share his expertise with our faculty and students.”

He has been adviser for several UK government projects and was the senior scientific editor of the Chief Medical Officer's first report on physical activity and public health.  He has produced more than 300 academic papers.

Fox will give a presentation about his work at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Forum Hall. It is free and open to the public. While on campus, he will also meet with faculty and students in the Department of Kinesiology.

“My degree from K-State gave me the critical academic foundation for my research,” Fox said.

Fox is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the UK Physical Education Association and an International Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education for his contributions to the field.  In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

He and his wife Linda have two grown sons. Fox “still tries to play 5-a-side football, enjoys cycling, and occasionally plays drums with a modern but aging jazz group,” he said.

This article was posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 and is filed under College News, Kinesiology.