About Toni Burkhalter
Toni has a passion for the sciences and education. She currently holds two Master's degrees from
UIUC and is a tenured faculty member in the Natural Sciences at Parkland College teaching any class
that focuses on the effects of exercise or nutrition on the body. She is always looking to improve
herself as well as her classroom experience for her students. That was one of driving forces behind her
to return to UIUC to earn her PhD in the Nutritional Sciences. While working on her PhD at UIUC, she
will investigate the effects of prebiotics and probiotics on human behavioral as well as biological
measures of cognition and stress. Following her degree, she plans to remain in academia, but with a
solid foundation in several additional aspects related to the body’s response to nutrition and exercise.
The effects of exercise and nutrition on human anatomy and physiology
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Blended Course Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, Instructional Technology Council (2006)
- Faculty fellow at UIUC Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (awarded 2007)
- Parkland College’s Online Teaching Excellence Award Recipient (2011)
- Central Illinois Business Magazine – Forty Under 40 Award Recipient (2014)
- Parkland College’s Teaching Excellence Award Recipient (2016)
- BIO 120: Nutrition
- KIN 186: Human Movement
- KIN 288: Exercise Physiology
|May 2010||MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Exercise Physiology|
|August 1999||MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Animal Sciences|
|May 1997||BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Animal Sciences|
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Teaching Works (1)
Kinesiology 288 Exercise Physiology Kinesiology 288 (2016)
Kinesiology 288, Exercise Physiology, focuses on the application of anatomy and physiology to human movement, how the body moves, and physiological responses to exercise stress. This collection includes syllabi for the course, and examples of ...
Speaker's Bureau (15)
Toni is available to speak on the following topics for your group or organization within the 505 district. For more information, see http://www.parkland.edu/resources/speakersbureau or call 217/373-3766.
Exercise Your Way to a Younger and Healthier You Speaker's Bureau (2016)
Unfortunately, people overlook the importance of weight training because they do not realize the many benefits. Resistance training can improve hormone levels, increase metabolism, decrease the risk of osteoporosis and impede the aging process. It ...
Research Works (2)
A Narrative Review of Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity to Cognition and Scholastic Performance across the Human Lifespan Advances in Nutrition (2011)
We reviewed studies that examine the relationship of energy consumption, storage, and expenditure to cognition and scholastic performance. Specifically, the literature base on nutrient intake, body mass, and physical activity is described relative to cognitive ...
The Ratio of Insoluble to Soluble Fiber Components in Soybean Hulls Affects Ileal and Total-Tract Nutrient Digestibilities and Fecal Characteristics of Dogs JN: The Journal of Nutrition (2001)
The canine population of the United States totals ∼56 million animals, with 37.6% of all U.S. households owning at least one dog (1). Barring major illness, the largest pet-related expense for dog owners is food. With ...