March 14, 2017
Amelia Huelskamp enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, and she works to prepare the future health and physical education teachers she instructs to inspire students do the same.
“I’ve always had a strong interest in nutrition and fitness,” said Huelskamp, who is in her first year as an assistant professor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. “My work in the Physical Education and Health Department is fun for me because I work with highly motivated future teachers. Our conversations revolve around how to improve health outcomes for kids in the Cape Fear region, and we explore both advocacy and pedagogy for helping young people flourish.”
The native of Lima, Ohio, earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Ohio University and her Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Toledo. Although she taught at the elementary school level for a while, she wanted to work with young adults, and she liked what UNCW had to offer.
“I could tell even before I interviewed how important it is that UNCW gives back to the community, that we are mindful of our impact on the environment,” Huelskamp said. A commitment to community engagement is one of six key values outlined in UNCW’s Strategic Plan.
As a new faculty member, she is working to build relationships with local schools. She also has dedicated time to Wilmington Health Access for Teens, which tailors its services to the needs of adolescents. Another goal of Huelskamp is to spread the word that UNCW is available to help with community wellness goals.
“The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences always encourages faculty to explore new ways of serving the Cape Fear region, and while many partnerships are developing or already are well-established, I wish all of our neighbors knew more about the ways UNCW can be of service to improve health outcomes,” she said.
Since moving south, Huelskamp has discovered that the Cape Fear region offers plenty of ways to stay active in body and mind.
“There is so much to do here – the battleship, museums, parks – and we’ve got all those hiking trails,” she said. “I still haven’t tried paddleboarding. That has to happen.”
-- Tricia Vance