Concordia University Health Professor wins statewide award

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SEWARD, NEB. (11/09/2017) Jennifer Janousek, associate professor of health and human performance at Concordia University, Nebraska, was recognized by the Nebraska Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) for the 2017 Health Education Teacher of the Year award for her ongoing commitment and dedication to health education.

Each year SHAPE recognizes professionals and educators who exemplify leadership and encouragement in their curriculum.

"It is an honor to be recognized and I am deeply humbled," said Janousek on serving at Concordia. "It is a joy and privilege to teach at Concordia University, Nebraska. I truly love my job and the many opportunities I have been blessed with. I would like to thank my amazing colleagues, administrators, and especially my students who make going to work every day a pleasure. As long as I am living, I will continue to lead, teach, serve, and learn."

Janousek has taught at Concordia since 2001. Besides heading and directing Concordia's Master of Public Health program, she also teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes as well as leading an annual mission trip with her global health courses. Janousek is a member of the Public Health Association of Nebraska, the American Public Health Association, and the Society of Public Health Education. She received a bachelors in exercise science and psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a master's in health education from University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a doctorate in public health from Walden University.

Awards were presented in conjunction with the annual SHAPE fall conference on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 in Lincoln.

The Society for Health and Physical Education of Nebraska is one of the 50 state affiliations of SHAPE America, which has the nation's largest membership of health and physical educators and sets the National Standards for kindergarten through high school physical education and health. They also encourage students to implement healthy and physically active lifestyles as and advocate the development of resources for school health departments and their physical educators.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,700 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit