Wellness News

Human Sciences students form campus clubs to increase Alzheimer’s disease awareness

Joe Webb and Hannah Chute, founders of Iowa State Alzheimer’s-related clubs, educate others about Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiver support. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. However, students within the College of Human Sciences are working to bring healing and hope to persons affected by Alzheimer’s, and to raise awareness for battling the disease.

Helping parents understand BMI may lead to positive changes in childhood obesity

Schools are taking a proactive approach to get students to move more and improve their eating habits. But it takes a team effort at both school and home to make a difference, said Greg Welk, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.

Hilton Chair Lectures continue this week with spring 2017 series

The Hilton Chair Lecture Series will continue with a number of talks this spring. Contributed photos. Photo collage by Alyssa Comstock.

The 2016-2017 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series — “Move for Life: The Health Benefits of Exercise Across the Lifespan” — will this week launch its spring 2017 lectures.

Study suggests gym membership to improve health, exercise

New Iowa State research shows that people with a health club membership exercise more.

If your New Year’s resolution was to exercise more in 2017, chances are you’ve already given up or you’re on the verge of doing so. To reach your goal, you may want to consider joining a gym, based on the results of a new study from a team of Iowa State University researchers.

ExerCYse is Medicine provides high-impact service learning experiences

Amy Coenen, a senior in kinesiology and health, plays ball with a young boy in the Forker gym during an ExerCYse Time event. The events provide indoor play during cold months. Photo by Ryan Riley.

An Iowa State University program is giving Cyclones ample opportunities for service learning — and making a big impact on healthful habits.

ExerCYse is Medicine, a kinesiology outreach program and recognized student organization, encourages regular physical activity and promotes its health benefits. The program is officially recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Iowa State researchers to share promises, vulnerabilities of families at national conference

Megan Gilligan, Clinton Gudmunson, Suzanne Batholomae, Shane Kavanaugh, and Brenda Lohman will join Iowa State colleagues at a national conference. Photo by Ryan Riley.

More than 50 Iowa State University student, faculty, and staff researchers in human development and family studies will offer their expertise in family health in areas including parental substance abuse, sibling tensions, and family finance at a national conference this week.

The meetings are part of this year’s National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) annual conference, Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis. A series of preconference workshops on Nov. 1 will precede the event.

Iowa State alumna serves as lead dietitian at Rio Olympics

Tania Lee, an Iowa State alumna in dietetics and nutritional science, served as lead dietitian for Malaysian athletes during the Rio Olympics. Contributed photo.

Tania Lee applied everything she learned at Iowa State University during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 2013 alumna in dietetics and nutritional science was chosen to be lead dietitian of the 32-member Malaysian Olympics team this year.

Roderuck faculty fellowship to support global nutrition research

Wendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, researches methods to improve the nutritional value of vegetables such as carrots, corn, and tomatoes. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Wendy White has big plans for how she’ll use the extra support she’ll receive as the newest holder of the Charlotte E. Roderuck faculty fellowship at Iowa State University.  

White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, researches methods to improve the nutritional value of vegetables such as carrots, corn, and tomatoes. She’s working on ways to make their red-orange carotenoid pigments such as beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene easier to process and absorb.

Using social marketing to promote healthy eating

A recently published study co-authored by Christine Hradek in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach shows that social marketing campaigns can increase kids’ consumption of fruits and vegetables. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Social marketing campaigns that educate parents about good nutrition can help to increase children’s consumption of fruit, vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free milk.

That’s according to findings of a recently published study co-authored by Christine Hradek, a state nutrition program specialist with Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Human Sciences Week to feature new dean, ways to help others

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for the second annual Human Sciences Week. Photo by Alisha Zika.

The Iowa State University community will this month have an opportunity to meet the new dean of the College of Human Sciences, learn about living a healthy lifestyle, enjoy cherry pies, and make shoes out of used jeans.

The College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for a week of food, fun, speakers, and philanthropic events during the second annual Human Sciences Week.