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Health and Human Performance

If Jalen Weaver could pass a bit of advice to future Comets it would be, “don’t blink.”

Weaver, a senior majoring in exercise science, is living a full life at Olivet. He is vice president of Phi Epsilon Kappa, the Health and Human Performance (HHP) Department’s honor society; as well as a member of both the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Global Citizen Honors Program. He’s also captain of the men’s cross country and track teams. This year, he took first in the 800-meter at the MIAA Field Day; he also holds the college record for that event.

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KayDee Perry, assistant professor of health and human performance, runs a tight ship. She is the teacher-education preparation specialist in her department. With a primary focus on the physical education courses at Olivet College, she mentors countless students seeking to teach physical education when they graduate.

To see Perry work is like watching pure joy in action. She exudes verve.

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About the Health and Human Performance Department

Do you love physical fitness but are not sure what career path to choose? Our dedicated faculty will help you explore your many options – from exercise physiology to coaching and teaching to physical therapy. Our talented professors are passionate about this field of study. From advising and assisting you with your classes, to serving as mentors in your graduate school or career pursuit, your professors are your allies from day one.

A degree in health and human performance from Olivet College opens doors to a number of professional certification opportunities. National organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and others require a bachelor’s degree as the first step toward becoming certified in positions such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, or Registered Clinical Exercise Psychologist. No matter what you decide to do upon graduation, our curriculum is representative of the industry’s top career choices.

A textbook can give you the fundamentals behind how and why the body moves during certain exercises, but at Olivet, you’ll see those principles come to life! Your professors will encourage you to think critically while witnessing firsthand the mechanics behind human performance.


Nick Juday

Health and Human Performance Department Chair and Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance

Nancy VanHoozier

Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance

KayDee Perry

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance


DaunTrell Hill

"The love is real. Olivet faculty will help you graduate as long as you are willing to help yourself first. Olivet is small, which means small classes and more opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty. You aren’t just a number."

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