Michael Perko, Ph.D., MCHES, FAAHE
A.A. Liberal Arts, Keystone Jr. College
B.S. Health and Physical Education, East Stroudsburg University
M.S. Community Health Education, East Stroudsburg University
Ph.D. Health Education and Promotion, The University of Alabama
My research interests include worksite health promotion and helping companies understand the benefits of having healthy employees. From 1992-1997 I worked with Alabama Power's Good Health Makes Sense Program helping to develop and deliver wellness programs to 10,000 employees, spouses and retirees. In 1995 the Good Health Makes Sense Program was recognized with the National Health and Human Secretary's Award as one of the top 10 programs in America. My current work with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) involves serving as a wellness advisor; over the past 10 years I have trained over 1500 of their employees in using best practices in worksite health.Sports Performance Enhancers and Athletes
My other research area focuses on young athletes and their use of sport performance products. I take a health behavior and educational approach rather than clinical approach. While many researchers focus on the testing of a particular sports performance enhancer (Creatine, NO2, HMB), I insist a crucial factor is the process of decision-making towards taking these products, and the influences that help athletes make good decisions (physicians, athletic trainers) or poor decisions (Media, dietary supplement industry) towards use.
My overriding philosophy is that sports products come and go, but the process stays the same. I have authored the books "Taking One for the Team: The New Thinking on Dietary Supplements and Young Athletes" and "Can You Win Without Supplements?" Both of these books focus on the unregulated dietary supplement industry and the potential health risks faced by vulnerable young athletes.
- Analyzing rural health data to see if worksite wellness programs have had an impact on health costs.
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