Iowa State University to share expertise in cultural proficiency with Des Moines schools

Daniel Spikes, an assistant professor in the School of Education, will speak about cultural proficiency at the Summit on School Climate and Culture. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Two assistant professors in the Iowa State University School of Education will share their expertise on cultural proficiency at the Des Moines Public Schools’ first annual Summit on School Climate and Culture.

Daniel Spikes and Jason Salisbury will be among a national panel of experts in school improvement speaking before an estimated 1,100 educators at the first-of-its-kind event aimed at making a difference in the school and classroom. The summit will be held Aug. 8 and 9 at the Iowa Events Center.

Iowa State University shifts focus to children in domestic violence cases

Leah Kinnaird, an Iowa State University human service specialist and domestic violence response coordinator, shows some of the Safe and Together materials used in training Iowa’s child welfare professionals. Photo by Shannon Stump.

An Iowa State University initiative is making a difference for thousands of domestic violence cases across the state by placing the focus on children’s safety and needs.

The Child Welfare Research and Training Project in human development and family studies partners with David Mandel and Associates, a child welfare consulting group, to deliver the Safe and Together Program to all child welfare professionals in Iowa.

Iowa State University dietetic interns to work virtually with low-income families to improve nutrition

Jean Anderson shows the app that interns will use to coach clients on diet and nutrition. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

A group of Iowa State University dietetic interns will provide nutrition coaching and wellness information to low-income families as part of a national health initiative.

New $2.5 million grant to assist Iowa State researchers in tracking physical activity

Duck-chul “D.C.” Lee will digitally monitor exercise types to gather data from a study funded by a $2.5 million National Institutes of Health grant. Photo by Ryan Riley.

A $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow Iowa State University researchers to study the effectiveness of aerobic exercise, resistance training, and a combination of both.

Discovery could lead to treatment to better regulate insulin

Iowa State\'s Rudy Valentine is part of a team of researchers to identify a protein that impairs insulin signaling and puts diabetics at risk for other complications. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Medication can help trigger the enzyme that kick starts insulin production in the body, but the drugs don’t always work for those who are obese or diabetic, and most need to regulate their glucose and insulin levels.

That’s why a recent discovery made by Rudy Valentine and a team of researchers holds so much promise.

Kinesiology student aims to improve health among people of color

Markus Flynn, a senior in kinesiology and health, talks with friends in the east student office space of Iowa State University’s Memorial Union. Photo by Lynn Campbell.

Markus Flynn believes that between passion and talent, people find their purpose.

His Iowa State University adventure has shown him that his purpose in life is to improve the health outcomes of people of color, through a career in public health or community outreach.

Verb Summer Scorecard keeps kids active, builds campus and community partnerships

(l-r) Isaiah and Isabella Haveman explore Ada Hayden Heritage Park’s lakeshore during Verb Summer Scorecard. Kinesiology students run the free events through July. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Verb Summer Scorecard, a free community-based physical activity program led by Iowa State University kinesiology students, is making it easier to keep children active this summer and establish healthy habits for a lifetime of fitness.

The new summer program is part of ExerCYse, a Department of Kinesiology outreach program aimed at increasing visibility about the importance of physical activity and advancing the notion of exercise as a vital sign in the medical community. Iowa State’s program is officially recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Decision to ban unrealistic body images has merit, but presents challenges

The images are nearly impossible to avoid – stick-thin women and bulked-up men posing in magazines, on billboards and shared through social media. Many are featured in ads for any variety of products, but their bodies – unrealistic and unattainable for most people – sell a different message.

It’s for this reason that the mayor of London decided to ban all ads of “unrealistic body images” from the city’s public transportation system. The decision is one Alison St. Germain, a registered dietitian and clinician for Iowa State University’s Dietetics Internship program, fully supports and applauds.

4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers

Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, credits the 4-H Youth Program with launching her career in the fashion industry. Photo by Kent Davis.

As Iowa teens this week participate in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University, they’ll pledge their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living, not only for themselves, but also their communities and beyond.

For a number of 4-H alumni, that commitment to head, heart, hands, and health led them to pursue a career in human sciences.

“4-H really set a foundation for my life,” said Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser. “It’s a fabulous organization. Often, when I have 4-H’ers in class, it’s evident. They possess attention for detail, good communication skills, inquisitiveness, and a willingness to take risks.”

Harsh parenting, food insecurity predicts obesity for young women

Iowa State researchers (l-r) Tricia Neppl, Brenda Lohman, and Meghan Gillette — pictured at The SHOP, a student-run, on-campus food pantry —
have published a new study relating harsh parenting and food insecurity to obesity. Photo by Kent Davis.

The adolescent years can be full of changes, whether physical, emotional, or familial. A new study by Iowa State University researchers suggests that when these years include prolonged periods of food insecurity coupled with harsh parenting practices, females are prone to obesity in early adulthood.

“When females who are normal weight in their early adolescence experience food insecurity, something is happening in their bodies,” said Brenda Lohman, a professor in human development and family studies and the study’s lead author. “This sets them on a path toward increased weight gain, so by the time they are 23, they are more likely to be overweight or obese.”

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