Kinesiology student gets prestigious RecWell award
SPH student Jennifer Macko (MA candidate, Kinesiology) has received the Kehoe-Kesler award, which is University Recreation & Wellness’ most prestigious honor.
The award is named for James H. Kehoe (Men’s Intramural Sports Director, 1947-69) and Ethel Kesler (Women’s Intramural Sports Director, 1956-81). It is given annually to an individual who demonstrates leadership and commitment to inspiring members of the university community to be active and live well.
Macko is a RecWell Fitness instructor and a UMD Health Center peer educator.
“Jen works both professionally and personally to create a campus culture where physical activity is FUN and not a chore,” a Facebook post on the UMD RecWell page said. “She is always encouraging students to get moving and find a form of activity that works for them.”
She is a Kinesiology graduate assistant and intern at the UM ADAPT Program. As an undergraduate at the SPH, Macko double-majored in Kinesiology and Behavioral & Community Health.
"She's homegrown talent," said Physical Activity Program Director Jo B. Zimmerman.
Macko's research focuses on the role of chronic exercise as preventative medicine. Her faculty advisor is Dr. James M. Hagberg.
"She helps people get moving without judging anyone," Zimmerman said. "From sedentary people to elite athletes, she understands the differences across the spectrum. And she makes it safe and fun."