College's Stamford has served
as an advisor for national publications
HANOVER, Ind. (March 2006) Perhaps youve
heard him on the radio show Health Works on WFPL 89.3 FM
or as a guest host with Terry Meiners on his WHAS AM radio show. Perhaps
youve seen his picture on a book jacket since hes written
four. Or maybe youve noticed his name under The Body Shop
newspaper column in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Or perhaps you had
him in class at the University of Louisville or, more recently, at Hanover
College. Regardless, Dr. Bryant Stamford has been and continues to be
a busy man.
by Michella Marino
Stamford of Hanover College shares his knowledge with students
and the public on his radio show, Health Works.
Stamford graduated with his doctorate at the University
of Pittsburgh and taught Exercise Science at U of L for 32 years. Besides
his own radio show, newspaper column, books and teaching profession,
he has also been an editorial advisor for such famous magazines as Mens
Health and Mens Fitness.
But teaching is his passion, which has ultimately led him to Hanover
Colleges campus, where he is currently heading up its new Department
of Exercise Science. Stamford said that this is his fantasy job
to work at Hanover College. As he aged, he realized that he enjoys
teaching over the pressure to publish and accumulate tenure, which is
often pushed at most big colleges and universities. So when Hanover
College contacted him to recruit potential professors for its opening,
Stamford figured the opportunity would be good for him. He viewed it
as a chance to stay in the area and to finally work on a small sophisticated
liberal arts campus.
Stamford said he loved the fact that Hanover College is so student
oriented and the pressures that big schools apply do not exist
on the same level. At Hanover College, other things are valued.
The Exercise Science field is only 50 years old, which is considered
new compared to the classic college degrees. According to Hanover Colleges
Exercise Science website, the major
is designed to provide
the student with an understanding of the structure and functioning of
the human body and how exercise impacts the body (especially changes
and adaptations that happen while the body is under physical stress).
This major is the first step for students interested in careers in exercise
and sport sciences and all fields dealing with health and fitness.
Bill Tereshko, assistant professor of physical education and football
defensive coordinator, is also a part of the new Exercise Science Department.
The Exercise Science major differs from Physical Education because
it is much more science based, Tereshko said.
Before a student takes any Exercise Science courses, he must first take
biology, human anatomy and physiology. Tereshko said these courses
build on each other which allows (the professors) to go into a lot more
detail concerning the subject matter.
When he taught P.E., he found that many students had no science background
whatsoever, so he would have to back up and go over the science
basics before moving on. Because of this inconvenience, the professors
would not have time to delve into some subjects with a lot of
Tereshko said he and the other members in the department have worked
hard to jumpstart the Exercise Science field at Hanover College, and
he believes that Stamford brings a lot of credibility to the department
since he is renowned in his field. They are currently working
on new research projects that will also give credibility to the new
Stamford spearheaded the modern exercise movement with his
first book, Fitness Without Exercise, published in 1990.
The three biggest publishers in New York fought among themselves for
the opportunity to publish his book, which certainly speaks highly of
the book. Stamfords book received a lot of attention, and he found
it an interesting first experience. It was translated into six different
languages to become what Stamford des-cribed as a Hallmark piece
Fitness With-out Exercise created much controversy because
it provided a counter-culture message about health, fitness and exercise
that was actually backed with medical literature.
Asked about his opinion on health, Stamford answered with one word:
moderation. He believes that people should not become overzealous with
their diets and exercise. People should not concentrate on how many
hours a day they work out or count every calorie they take in but should
just practice moderation with everything they do. Diet and exercise
should not become a religion. People should try to maintain an overall
healthy lifestyle They should simply strive to make good choices, he
As for the local community and our own health, Stamford said he realizes
that todays society is a busy one and sometimes its hard
to make those good choices. And although he promotes public health events,
they are useless if the person is not poised to change. Change must
start with the individual.
Stamford believes its a waste of time to work on others who arent
ready to change. It is important to set an example to hopefully impact
others, but working with people who are willing to work with you is
where it all begins. His suggestion is to find others who are interested
in the same activities and go from there.
For more information about Bryant Stamford
and his books, visit his website: www.drbryantstamford.com.
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