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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.

Human sciences students call work with Dance Marathon “life-changing”

Madie Conley and Haley Morris, both seniors in elementary education, are directors of recruitment and dancer relations for this year’s Iowa State Dance Marathon. Contributed photos.

College of Human Sciences students are taking their passion for helping people to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Iowa State Dance Marathon, the largest student philanthropy organization on campus that raises funds and awareness for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, will hold two 12-hour celebrations of life supporting more than 80 families across Iowa this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, in the Great Hall of Memorial Union.

Many of the 130 committee members for this year’s event are students in the College of Human Sciences. They include six of the 16 members of the Dance Marathon’s executive team, and 20 of the event’s 40 “morale captains.”

Field experiences run gamut from Disney parks to Des Moines hotels

Jon Bond, a 2014 graduate in hospitality management, serves as general manager of the Urbandale Hampton Inn and Suites. He credits his college student experiences with launching his dreams. Photo by Ryan Riley.

These days, Iowa Staters are known for chasing a light-toned, leucistic squirrel around campus. But for Jon Bond, a 2014 graduate in hospitality management, the Iowa State experience included following a famous mouse.

Alvarez credits Iowa State experience with building leadership, teaching talents

Yesenia Alvarez (center), a family and consumer sciences teacher at Waukee High School, honed her teaching talents at Iowa State. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Some say that Yesenia Alvarez started her teaching career in the first grade. At a young age, she would gather her older cousins around in the basement and play teacher.

“I’ve always known I’ve wanted to be a teacher,” said Alvarez, an Iowa State University alumna in family and consumer sciences education and studies.

Learning communities key to Iowa State student success

Amy Raymond (middle) is a peer mentor for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers, one of more than 80 learning communities at Iowa State that help first-year college students succeed. Photo by Ryan Riley.

On an 1,813-acre campus with 36,660 students, Iowa State University manages to provide an experience that’s uniquely personal to each student.

Key to that experience is being part of a “learning community,” which is a group aimed at helping first-year college students succeed. More than 70 percent of first-year students — including 75 percent of first-year students of color — participate in learning communities at Iowa State.

Iowa State University helps couples improve their relationships

Diane and Bill Jamison talk about the benefits of the Elevate couples education curriculum to enhance healthy relationship knowledge and skills — such as improving communication and reducing stress. Contributed photo.

Iowa State University will soon offer a new program that applies a national research-based training model to help couples have healthy relationships.

Iowa State to share expertise in cultural proficiency

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 nearly 1,200 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.

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.