Kent State University
Dr. Ellen Glickman is a recognized expert in the area of environmental physiology with ~76 original, full-length papers in scientific journals, 3 technical reports and 1 Book Chapter. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a reviewer for many of the top journals in her field, including Medicine in Science and Sport and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology and Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine. She has been an invited lecturer at numerous national (i.e., The American College of Sports Medicine, Wilderness Medical Society) and International Conferences (International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics (ICEE), Oxford University Roundtable, government research laboratories (i.e., Brooks AFB, US Army Research Institute Environmental Medicine USARIEM) and Universities. In 2001, The Wilderness Medical Society Awarded Dr. Glickman their Research Award for their Outstanding Scientist. Most recently, Dr. Glickman has partnered with Orbital Research Inc., (Cleveland, OH) a STEM initiative, to enhance our knowledge in the area of environmental physiology with technology to better understand human physiology. Dr. Glickman received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh from 1989 -1995. She was part of the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University and had an environmental physiology laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. In 1995 Dr. Glickman joined the faculty at Kent State University and has continued her work in acute cold exposure. She started at USARIEM as a National Research Council Scientist and continues to serve as a contract employee with USARIEM as part of the Military Nutrition Division. Finally, Dr. Glickman has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous externally funded projects during her time at Kent State University. Dr. Glickman has served as Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, at Kent State University.
Purpose: To explore the health-related and physical effects (via an accelerometer) of a 16-month group exercise program among previously sedentary individuals. Methods: 150 individuals were engaged in a faculty staff exercise program, however complete data is only available for the purpose of this analysis on 18 individuals. Therefore, we analyzed the data of 18 faculties and staff aged 52.9±6.2 years who participated in 16 months of supervised group exercise. These individuals participated in group exercise three times per week for 60 min. Participants self-selected into supervised exercise classes offered with an emphasis on aerobic fitness. Pre and post-testing variables measures included body weight, body fat percent, resting heart rate, curl-ups and sit-and-reach. Results: There was a significant decrease (p<0.001) in body weight from pre (89.4±19.4 kg) to post testing (87.4±1705 kg). Percent body fat revealed a significant decrease (p<0.001) from pre (37.5±6.8) to post (30.3±6.5). Resting heart rate demonstrated a significant decrease (p=0.011) from pre (76±11 bpm) to post (71±8 bpm). There was a significant improvement in the amount of curl-ups in one min (p=0.039) from pre (32.8±10.9) to post (44.8±20.5) test. There was a significant gain in flexibility measured by the sit-and-reach (p<0.001) from pre (24.0±9.8) to post (28.5±9.0) test. Of the 11 individuals that regularly wore the MOV band an average of 36.12 miles per week were recorded over the 16 month exercise program (n=11). Conclusion: Participation in the 16 month university group exercise program reduced body weight, percent body fat, and resting heart rate and improved the number of curl-ups and flexibility in previously sedentary individuals. Physical activity levels met the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations of 35 miles per week in the individuals that wore the MOV band. This investigation demonstrates that an on-site supervised exercise program among previously sedentary individuals is beneficial. Future research is needed to evaluate the long term effects of increasing the exercise duration and compliance in this population.