|Iowa State students help people with disabilities get up on two wheels|
Riding a bicycle can increase a person’s self esteem and confidence.
It can improve physical fitness, mental health, and overall quality of life. It can also spur positive changes in family dynamics, create opportunities for inclusion, and provide a person with an independent means of transportation.
But people with special needs can face challenges in mastering this skill.
That’s why four Iowa State University kinesiology students and recent graduates — Katie Cook, Ciara McCarty, Jeff Robson, and Jenna Ham — are bringing the national iCan Bike camp to Ames next week. It’s the first of its kind in Iowa. The five-day camp teaches people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle.
|Iowa State alumni advocate for older adults|
For Iowa State University alumna Merea Bentrott, advocating on behalf of older adults isn’t just a job — it’s her lifelong goal.
|Stapleton advocates for black deaf students|
Lissa Stapleton’s awareness and advocacy for deaf students of color stemmed from an experience in high school.
|Helping at-risk children find strength and purpose|
A boxing session is one of the most prized ways that Carlos Alonzo rewards his struggling students for good behavior.
Elementary school students under his supervision must act properly in class for several weeks to win time with the punching bag.
|Blossom Project encourages pregnant women to eat healthy, exercise|
The Blossom Project gave Monique Pairis-Garcia the support she needed to make her health and the health of her baby a top priority.
|Keeping Parkinson’s patients rolling|
John Carlin credits Pedaling for Parkinson’s with saving his life.
Carlin connected with the nonprofit at a time when his Parkinson’s disease symptoms were worsening — tremors, deterioration of fine motor skills, softening of voice.
After he joined the Pedaling for Parkinson’s team in training for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, he regained control of his body. His symptoms receded.
“Without Pedaling for Parkinson’s, I don’t know where I’d be,” Carlin said. “I was sinking fast.”
|Doctor credits much of his success to kinesiology training at Iowa State|
Dr. Shawn Spooner has traveled the world and touched thousands of people’s lives.
|Terry teaches students the value of education|
William Terry commands both respect and understanding as he stands in front of a classroom of young men who have run into trouble in school, with their families, or with the law.
|Iowa State alum works to improve nutrition for women and children of India|
Melissa Fox Young is dedicated to boosting children’s nutrition during the key 1,000 days following conception.
“It’s a critical time where we can have an impact on a lifetime of health and development for a child,” said Young, who in 2006 graduated from Iowa State University in nutritional science.
Her efforts as a nutrition researcher focus on a time when proper nourishment is especially important — starting with pregnancy and ending two years after the child is born.
|Motivating children for a lifetime of learning|
In a school room near one of the few four-way stops in Slater, a group of beaming first graders gathers around teacher Tasia Becker for the day’s lesson about coins. She asks the students to describe a quarter and hands shoot up, fingers wriggling.
Becker loves engaging with students at such a young age when school is an exciting, new experience. She wants her students to maintain that excitement throughout their learning careers.