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Featured Profile: Steve Ball


Steve Ball

When it comes to getting people moving, this University of Missouri associate professor gets the ball rolling. 

Dr. Steve Ball has devoted his education and career to study the prevention and treatment of obesity. His “MyActivity Pyramid for Kids” program, which helps children develop exercise habits, is currently used in 46 states.

Ball also created a program called “Jump Into Action” that introduces fun ways of working physical activity into a regular school day. “The good news is that physical activity need not be strenuous to get health benefits,” says Ball. “Children need to accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Activity does not all have to be done at one time; short 10-minute bursts will do.”

Ball has been teaching at MU since 2002, and his Introduction to Exercise and Fitness course enrolls nearly 750 students per year. In 2012, Ball was awarded a Kemper Fellowship recognizing outstanding teachers at Mizzou.

When he’s not in the classroom, Ball can be found around the state leading a class of fourth-graders on the playground, working with the elderly at a senior center, or at an elementary school training teachers.

Ball has been published in numerous journals and has gained worldwide recognition for many of his fitness programs.

Dr. Steve Ball is a state extension specialist and associate professor for the interdisciplinary Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology which spans the School of Medicine and the Colleges of Human Environmental Sciences and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

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Related Initiative(s):
One Health/One Medicine