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Connection between mental health and exercise presented during free UNI webinar

October 12, 2011

Jed Smith, instructor and assistant director of strength & conditioning, UNI's School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, 319-273-7867,

Stacey Christensen, University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will continue its free Hot Topics in Education webinar series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Jed Smith, an instructor and assistant director of strength and conditioning at UNI will present "Exercise and the Brain: New Research on how Exercise Sparks Learning Mood."

This webinar will explain why modern conveniences have made humans more susceptible to mental health problems and a sedentary lifestyle. New research shows a link to the lack of exercise and chemical imbalances in the brain. Learn how exercise holds the key to our intelligence and mental well-being. For more information and to register, visit

"Hot Topics in Education" webinars will be offered once a month through April on a variety of national hot topics in education.