Laboratory School increases child wellness, education with local foods

As the stainless steel bowl full of veggies is set on the table, the toddlers start exploring. Through sight, smell, touch, and taste, they’re learning important lessons about local foods.

The project is part of an ISU Child Development Laboratory School initiative to bring more locally grown food to the school’s children. By purchasing a share in Iowa State University’s Good Earth Student Farm, the laboratory school receives a shipment of local produce each week, up until the first frost.

Meyer leverages exercise studies to boost mental, physical health

Jacob Meyer is on a mission to bring the benefits of exercise to more Americans — including those who, due to chronic physical or mental conditions, have unique relationships with exercise routines.

“Learning about biological mechanisms can inform mental health treatment,” said Meyer, a new assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University.

Midlife depression may stem from tension with mothers and siblings, Iowa State study finds

A new study led by Iowa State University researcher Megan Gilligan found that tension with our mothers and siblings, similar to our spouses, is associated with symptoms of depression. The research, published in the journal Social Sciences, found all three relationships have a similar effect and one is not stronger than another.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Lee draws economic insights from US tax, health care policy

Daeyong Lee is helping American households guard their financial treasure.

It’s a fitting role for the new assistant professor in human development and family studies, a native Korean whose name “Daeyong” translates as “big dragon” in English.

Iowa State boxing program powers through Parkinson’s disease

In the 1976 film "Rocky," boxer Rocky Balboa tells his girlfriend Adrian that he fights because he can’t sing or dance. Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University, is helping people with Parkinson’s disease do all three.

In her latest outreach effort, Stegemöller, a neuroscientist who leads Parkinson’s singing groups and music and movement groups, has formed a research partnership with Olivia Meyer, a National Collegiate Boxing Association national champion in 2014 and 2015.

Iowa State University exercise study recognized for impact to worldwide health

Research released from Iowa State University details running’s positive effects on longevity — and today received an international award for its worldwide impact.

Iron availability research creates worldwide food security

Iowa State University food and nutritional scientists are at the heart of an initiative to create food security around the world by improving the nutritional value of existing foods.

One of those concerns is iron deficiency, the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world — including both developing and industrialized nations — according to the World Health Organization. Manju Reddy, the Doris A. Adams Endowed Chair in Food Science and Human Nutrition, is focused on making iron more available with natural iron compounds and foods.

Festival highlights benefits of music for people with Parkinson’s disease

Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, established singing classes for people with Parkinson's disease in Ames, Waverly, Des Moines, and Storm Lake. An upcoming music festival and concert will not only highlight the clients’ musical talents, but also celebrate the strength they have built through song.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Dean’s Faculty Fellow prevents foodborne illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports roughly 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die annually — making the safety of the global food supply a growing concern.

Researchers like Iowa State University’s Byron Brehm-Stecher are confronting the challenge head-on.

Interdisciplinary team enhances protective clothing design

Interdisciplinary research at Iowa State University in the College of Human Sciences is improving the safety of those who wear protective clothing.