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Hawley Almstedt

Professor of Health and Human Sciences


Seaver College of Science and Engineering







Phone: (310) 338-1925
Email: Hawley.Almstedt@lmu.edu
Office: FEA 186

Hawley Almstedt is a Professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences of the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on how diet and exercise influence development of peak bone mass and the prevention of osteoporosis. Almstedt teaches courses in nutrition and exercise physiology.


Oregon State University

Ph.D., Exercise Physiology


San Jose State University

M.A., Kinesiology


San Jose State University

B.A., Nutritional Science


Iowa State University

R.D.N., Dietetic Internship


Areas of Expertise

Bone HealthNutritionExercise PhysiologyBone MassExercise InterventionsGlobal NutritionNutrition & WellnessNutrition Service Learning

Industry Expertise

  • Health and Wellness
  • Education/Learning
  • Sport - Professional


  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society for Radiologic Technologists
  • United States Gymnastics Association

Media Appearances

A Conversation With Hawley Almstedt

The Magazine of Loyola Marymount University  online


Hawley Almstedt is associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences of the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

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Interview by NPR about Troubles with USA Gymnastics

NPR  online

Interview by NPR about Troubles with USA Gymnastics

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Interview by CNN about Troubles with USA Gymnastics

CNN  online

Interview by CNN about Troubles with USA Gymnastics

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Event Appearances

Exercise to optimize skeletal health: A lifespan approach

Gerontological Society of America  New Orleans, LA


The impact of exercise and diet on bone mineral density during the growth period: Differences in men and women & the influence of energy availability.

Southwest American College of Sports Medicine  Newport Beach, CA


Nutrition for Bone Health in the Female Athlete: Lessons learned from recent findings

California Dietetic Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition  California


Research Grants

Alcohol and Bone Health: Skeletal effects of heavy episodic drinking in college

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism $379,500


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—one of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)—recently awarded a Loyola Marymount University research project $374,000 to investigate a possible link between decreased bone health and heavy, intermittent alcohol use in college-age adults. The study represents a unique collaboration between faculty at the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering and Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, with Health and Human Sciences Associate Professor Hawley Almstedt, Ph.D., R.D.N. and Psychology Professor Joseph LaBrie, Ph.D., jointly serving as primary investigators on the grant.

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Bone mineral density and hip structure changes over one-year in collegiate distance runners and non-athlete controls | Bone Reports


One year of collegiate distance running may be beneficial to bone density and hip structure in college-age males but not females.

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Nutritional intake and energy availability of collegiate distance runners. | Journal of the American College of Nutrition


Dietary intake of distance runners is below levels needed to match energy expended in their training. Carbohydrate, calcium, and vitamin D intake is below recommended amounts for endurance athletes.

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A 12-month study of oral contraceptive use, bone turnover markers, and bone mineral density in college-aged females. | Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism


Young women who use oral contraceptives may have elevated bone turnover, declines in spinal bone density, and lack of bone acquisition of the whole body over 12 months. Young females who initiate oral contraceptive use early after menarche may experience skeletal detriments.

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Bone mineral density, energy availability, and dietary restraint in collegiate cross-country runners and non-running controls. | European Journal of Applied Physiology


Distance running has site-specific skeletal benefits. Many collegiate runners exhibit low energy availability.

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Heavy episodic drinking is associated with poorer bone health in adolescent and young adult women. | Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


Binge drinking during adolescence may lead to lower peak bone mass.

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Whole body vibration training attenuates bone loss in osteoporosis: A case report. | Journal of Osteoporosis and Physical Activity


Whole body vibration may be a viable treatment option for osteoporosis.

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Combined aerobic and resistance training improves bone health of female cancer survivors. | Bone Reports


Exercise improves bone health in cancer survivors.

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Mind the gaps: missed opportunities to promote bone health among cancer survivors. | Support Care Cancer


Many cancer treatments have a negative effect on bone health and can lead to osteoporosis.

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