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Leon Leon Greene

School of Education - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Associate Professor
Program Director, Community Health
Ph.D., Physical Education and Educational Administration, University of Utah
Primary office:
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center
Room 161B
University of Kansas
1301 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7567


Leon Greene, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall, 1975 with previous experience from The College of Idaho. Greene earned his doctoral degree from the University of Utah and master's and bachelor degrees from Drury University with all degrees being in physical education and educational administration.

His primary research interest is in the area of childhood obesity with a focus being on nutrition and physical activity. He is on a research team in the KU Energy Balance Laboratory that investigates the relationship of physical activity to academic achievement in elementary school children.

He has authored two books on Sport Aerobics for Children and published articles in a number of different journals. He is a co-founder of the KU Sports Skills and Fitness School for Children which has been in operation for 30 plus years.

Dr. Greene specializes in elementary school physical education and adaptive physical education.


Ph.D., Physical Education and Educational Administration, University of Utah

M.Ed., Educational Administration, Drury College

B.A., Physical Education and Biology, Drury College



HSES 214 Physical Education Activities for Elementary School Children

HSES 341 Instructional Strategies in Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers

HSES 680 Adaptive Physical Education and Recreation

Teaching Interests

  • Childhood obesity
  • Physical activity and learning in children
  • Adaptive physical education
  • Health education methods and planning
  • Learning behaviors in children.


Currently examining the impact of physical activity on classroom learning behaviors in 3rd and 4th grade children. Developing physical activity modules children who are ALL cancer survivors. Also, working on research project developing a physically active intervention program for IDD adolescents.

Research Interests

  • Childhood obesity
  • Physical activity and learning. Physical activity for IDD adolescents and adults.


Serve as the HSES Program Director for the Community Health Program.

Selected Publications

Donnelly, J. E., Hillman, C. H., Greene, J. L., Hansen, D. M., Gibson, C. A., Sullivan, D. K., Poggio, J. Mayo, M. Lambourne, L. Hermann, S. Honas, J. j., Scudder, M. R., Betts, J. Henley, K. Hunt, S. L., & Washburn, R. A. (2017). Physical activity and academic achievement across the curriculum: Results from a 3-year cluster-randomized trial. Preventive Medicine.

Ptomey, L. E., Willis, E. Greene, J. L., Danon, J. C., Chumley, T. K., Washburn, R. A., & Donnelly, J. E. (2017). The feasibility of group video conferencing for promotion of physical activity in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Selected Presentations

Gibson, C. Mount, R. Lowry, B. Lee, J. Greene, J. & Sullivan, D. . (10/01/2017 - 10/31/2017). Feasibility of a tele-video nutrition and physical activity intervention for adult survivors of childhood cancer. Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (October, 2017). Chicago, IL

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