Sarah Benes received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching and her Ed.M. in Human Movement from Boston University. Dr. Benes was the Program Director for Physical and Health Education programs at Boston University for six years before coming to Merrimack College. Dr. Benes has multiple published articles in peer reviewed journals as well as a recently published textbook. She also presents at local and national conferences regularly and is actively engaged in service to the physical and health education professions as well as to the community. Dr. Benes' research interests include skills-based health education, physical activity in schools, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming. Dr. Benes is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).