The Division of Physical Activity & Weight Management is a broad-based initiative that provides research, education, and clinical programs throughout Kansas and Missouri. Promotion of physical activity and nutrition across the lifespan is the primary mission. To this end, a broad array of research, education and clinical programs are conducted at the individual and community levels.
The Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management was created in 2000 with the establishment of The Energy Balance Laboratory (EBL) located in Robinson Center on the Lawrence Campus. The Center opened a second facility located at The University of Kansas Medical Center in 2012 and occupies space located in the Kirmayer Fitness Facility. In 2019 the Center became a Division of the Department of Internal Medicine.
The Division is funded by The National Institutes of Health and a variety of foundations and industry that support research, education, and clinical programs that promote physical activity, nutrition and weight management.
An integral part of the Division is The University of Kansas Weight Management Programs that offer clinical programs for individuals who wish to reduce weight to improve medical conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular disease) or for better health.