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 Joy Urda, MS 



Mrs. Joy Urda

Mrs. Urda earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, specializing in Exercise Science, and a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport, specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, both from Slippery Rock University.  She plans to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion and Wellness from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah.

Mrs. Urda comes to Slippery Rock with 10 years experience in health and wellness. Mrs. Urda has served as Program Director and Exercise Physiologist for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Exercise Physiologist for cardiac rehab and nuclear and regular cardiac stress tests, and as Exercise Physiologist for Highmark Osteoporosis and Education program. Additionally, Mrs. Urda has developed and implemented many community based exercise programs and informational lectures related to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, weight loss, cancer, and childhood obesity.

Mrs. Urda is very happy to join the Exercise Science program.  Her research interests include the effects of lifestyle modification, and exercise and cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors.

Mrs. Urda currently lives in Hermitage with her husband Steve, daughter Ava, and son Matthew.

Exercise Science
307 Patterson Hall
Slippery Rock, PA


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