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Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Exploring the science of how physical activity and nutrition impact human health, prevent disease and promote wellness
Child stacks sugar cubes next to diet soda.

New in EXNS: Artificial Sweetener Intake is on the Rise


70 percent of low calorie sweetener (LCS) intake is done at home, meaning that parents are buying such products for their families under the false assumption that they are healthier replacements. As Allison Sylvetsky Meni, PhD, an assistant professor explains, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is much more preferable

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What is Exercise and Nutrition Science?


Exercise and nutrition sciences is the scientific study of how lifestyle-related factors like physical activity and nutrition affect the individual as well as the health and function of communities at-large. Our students can develop their skills in a variety of areas from training elite athletes to developing public health policies aimed at nutrition and physical activity to nutrition-related interventions that reduce chronic disease and associated complications from poor diet. We not only train our students in the field of exercise and nutrition sciences, but through our research we develop new projects and programs, and influence public policy to create a lasting change on the health of the world.

Program Offerings


Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

One of only a few schools of public health with a Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

Our Bachelor of Science (BS) programs deliver a versatile background in topics such as physiology, psychology, nutrition and exercise science. Our master's degree students learn the more advanced science behind exercise performance, physical activity promotion, and nutrition science, as well as how to design programs that promote health and wellness at the individual, as well as at the population level.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

EXPLORE EXNS

Research


Exercise is Prevention: our research focuses on disease prevention. We believe physical activity has great impact on public health.

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Practice Experience


Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

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Careers and Alumni


Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.

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MEET OUR FACULTY


Kim Robien, PhD, RD, CSO, FAND

Associate Professor

Kim Robien discusses her love of travel, why DC is the best place for public health and how food systems have impacts at the community level.

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Our Department's Faculty

Student Resources


Our Lab Facilities


LAB OVERVIEW

The Exercise and Nutrition Sciences department has two fitness testing facilities, one located in Washington, DC near the Foggy Bottom campus (DC Lab) and one in Ashburn, Virginia on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VTSC Lab).

LAB OVERVIEW
DC LAB

GWU Exercise Physiology Lab
iSTART@gwu.edu
(202) 994-8240

DC LAB
VTSC Lab

GWU Center for Weight Loss and Human Performance
exercise@gwu.edu
(571) 553-0237

VTSC Lab

Lifestyle & Wellness Class Offerings


Department News


The Rise of Artificial Sweetener Intake

On Jan.10, 2017 a study came out in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics about the increased intake of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) from 1999-2012. The...

I Heart GW Public Health - Campaign for Student Support

The Public Health Student Association and the Office of Alumni Engagement will partner again this year for the second annual “I GW Public Health” campaign to raise...

Consumption of Low-Calorie Sweeteners Jumps by 200 Percent in U.S. Children

Data from National Survey Shows Sharp Increase for Kids; Steady Rise for Adults WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2017) —About 25 percent of children and more than 41 percent...