Professor Ken Daley, Chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Mr. Daley guides a leadership and adventure trip for MUM students in Wyoming and Colorado
Mr. Daley visits the office of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C. in 2009 to lobby for physical education
Professor Ken Daley Promotes Health and Physical Education in Iowa
MUM faculty member Ken Daley has been playing a major role in improving the health of those in Jefferson County and continues to have an increasing influence at the state level and beyond.
Professor Daley, chairs the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, which administers the physical activity program and student sports clubs at MUM. He also leads the annual Base Camp for first-year students as well as leadership and adventure sport trips around the country and the world.
This past year, he was appointed to the Foundation Board of the Jefferson County Health Center. The foundation is a volunteer board composed of members of the community who give input in the funding and administration of the foundation.
In addition, Mr. Daley is directing a two-year, $100,000 wellness grant received by the Jefferson County Wellness Action Coalition. The initiative has been so successful that the coalition received an additional one-year $100,000 grant in the summer of 2010.
“In any career there is a time to give back,” said Mr. Daley. “In the last several years I have found myself in a position to contribute to the collective good of my life-long profession. I enjoy making a difference in society.”
As a result of his statewide leadership role, Mr. Daley was invited to attend the first Global Forum for Physical Education in May, involving over 70 educators, health professionals, administrators and policy makers from 30 countries. The conference focused on reform in health and physical education programs for K-12 students.
“At least 1,178,942 Americans die annually from heart disease and cancer, both of which are largely lifestyle related and preventable,” Mr. Daley said. “America is waking up to the need for lifestyle shift as the world’s consciousness level increases , but none too soon, as the present youth are the first generation whose life expectancy is less than that of their parents.”
Mr. Daley is also Executive Director of the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.