Improving Brain Health with Dr. Angela Ridgel

Episode 93 – Improving Brain Health

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In Episode 93, Jill and Chris talk with Dr. Angela Ridgel, a Professor in Exercise Physiology and the Associate Director of the Brain Health Research Institute at Kent State University.

Her research focuses on how exercise and movement therapy improves brain health and function in older adults and those with neurological disorders.

She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from The College of William and Mary, a Master’s degree in Biology at Villanova University and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Marshall University. Dr. Ridgel completed her Post-Doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Ridgel has published over 40 scientific papers, co-authored two textbook chapters and is inventor on two U.S. Patents. Her research has been funded by National Institutes of Health and the Davis Phinney Foundation.

She is also a a competitive multisport athlete, a USA Cycling certified coach, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the owner of Stelleri Performance Training– an endurance coaching business.

We discuss:

  • Her work and findings in helping those who have like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
  • How to avoid getting progressive brain diseases
  • How to improve brain health through high intensity exercise.
  • How the brain is rewired successfully to improve strength, balance and walking abilities
  • Dopamine and how it affects the body and mind


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