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Accountability sessions give ISU student startups time to set benchmarks, course-correct

Ryan True's business, Full Circle Wellness, would provide health services for older adults focusing on eight dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, financial and environmental. The senior in kinesiology and health is spending his summer in CYstarters, a 10-week accelerator program that gives students and recent alumni the funding and resources – and the accountability – they need to grow their startups. 

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Motivation to move may start with being mindful

A meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to a new study led by an Iowa State University researcher. Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is part of another study that found resistance training reduces symptoms of depression. 

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Garments designed by Iowa State students improve quality of life for people with disabilities

Shelby Miller, an Iowa State University freshman in animal science, can’t usually wear a dress. Her Type 1 diabetes requires her to have an insulin pump connected to her body at all times, and she needs access to that pump throughout the day.

Brain activity, reactivity help explain diabetics’ negative feelings and risk for depression

For millions of Americans who are obese and living with diabetes or prediabetes, feelings of sadness, anger and anxiety are often part of daily life. A new Iowa State University study suggests those negative feelings may stem from problems regulating blood sugar levels that influence emotional response in the brain. 

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Iowa State University to offer master’s degree for dietitians

A new master’s degree at Iowa State University will allow registered dietitians to earn their graduate degrees ahead of the national deadline of Jan. 1, 2024, while advancing their knowledge and competitiveness in the field.

Experience of black doctoral students underscores need to increase diversity in STEM fields

The danger and risk of riding out a storm is symbolic of the decision black men make to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. They do so knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers described by black men who shared their experiences as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they expected.

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Iowa State University celebrates remodeled home for promoting physical activity and healthy living

Walk inside the Barbara E. Forker Building on the campus of Iowa State University, and the word “movement” splashed across the building’s bright new cardinal entrance says it all.

Iowa State’s highly-ranked kinesiology program now has a more modern and inviting facility that better matches its mission to promote health and well-being by creating and disseminating knowledge about physical activity and healthy living to improve people’s lives.

Human scientists among undergraduates to present research at national conference

With four years of undergraduate research under her belt and a passion for helping people to adopt healthier behaviors, Iowa State University kinesiology and health student Jenna Petersen will share her research on a national platform next week.

Iowa State University research links racial discrimination, depression

Racial discrimination in the neighborhood can make a person more prone to clinical depression, according to newly published research from Iowa State University.

Empowering Spanish speakers through food safety training

As assistant manager of Las Flores restaurant in Iowa Falls, Vanessa Orozco knows food preparation is vital in ensuring the success of her restaurant.

“Learning how to manage food so you don’t make customers ill is important,” she said.

Orozco obtained her food safety certification by enrolling in ServSafe, a food safety course offered by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in English and Spanish.