Are you interested in increasing your physical activity but could use some encouragement, support, and community? Then join the UAMS club on the Strava app! Joseph Henske, M.D., has formed a group on the Strava app for UAMS employees and students to join and encourage each other to stay active and healthy.
Strava is free to download and allows users to track any type of physical activity: whether they walk, run, hike, swim, bike, or any other workout type. Those new to exercise or those more experienced can use it to track their workouts, share their accomplishments, and encourage others (via giving ‘kudos’) who are working out to keep it up! Our goal is to build a fun, active, supportive community of those who enjoy exercise here at UAMS to help each other get and stay healthy.
How do you join?
Download the Strava app, or create an account on the Strava website to use the desktop version.
Sign up for an account and search for UAMS – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on the club page. The image below is what our photo and club name looks like on the webpage and the app.
Learn about the Club Founder,
Dr. Joseph Henske
Joseph Henske, M.D., FACE, is an associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at UAMS and serves as the director of the diabetes program. He completed his medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, internal medicine residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is formerly the chair of the Endocrinology Department at DuPage Medical Group in Chicago. He is involved in the teaching and training of resident physicians and endocrinology fellows at UAMS, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Henske has been an active fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and serves on the board for the local chapter. He has been an advocate working with state legislators to increase access to diabetes technology for underserved patients in Arkansas.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes himself at the age of 15, Henske has committed his life to helping others with diabetes better manage their disease and live life to the fullest. He is an advocate for diabetes awareness, helping improve access to medications and technologies for patients and has been involved in research to one day find better ways to prevent, treat, and cure this disease. He has had a lifelong passion for running and has completed 14 marathons and numerous half-marathons. He encourages his patients to include exercise as a key component in the treatment of their diabetes. Outside the clinic, he enjoys spending family time with his wife Lauren, a Little Rock native, and their six young children.
He believes that exercise can serve as a form of medicine, in order to control blood sugar in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as boost self-esteem and mood. Henske encourages developing an exercise habit. By making it a routine part of one’s day, it becomes one foundational part of the four keys to a healthy lifestyle along with eating right, stress reduction, and restorative sleep. Becoming part of an exercise community allows one to be surrounded with others for accountability and encouragement and doing so will pay off with amazing results.