Iowa State University Cyclones join elementary students for some ExerCYse

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An Iowa State University outreach program is boosting kids’ physical activity during the cold winter months.

ExerCYse Time, led by Iowa State’s ExerCYse is Medicine club, provides exercise events in a fun, safe environment for students ages 5 to 12. Since spring 2017, the events have expanded from the Forker Building gym on campus to off-campus, into Ames schools. This year’s events run through early March. Youth do not need to be from an Ames school to participate.

Rossmann Manatt awardee strives to provide research experiences to students

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They say it’s never too early to begin gaining research experience, and that is just what Kevin Schalinske provides in his lab for not only graduate students, but undergraduates, as well.

See the complete story by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

New faculty member brings microRNA gene research experience to Iowa State

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She once thought fruit flies were just annoying little bugs, but now Elizabeth McNeill spends her time studying them as part of her research.

McNeill joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as an assistant professor earlier this month. Having earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Iowa State in 2002, McNeill said she appreciated the dedication faculty members had toward students while she was an undergraduate and knew she wanted to return to campus as a professional.

See the complete story by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Iowa State researcher continues search for cause of Alzheimer’s

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Dr. Auriel Willette and his team of researchers are continuing their look into how obesity-related problems are linked to metabolism and diabetes.

The outcomes of their latest research, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, point to a new biomarker, insulin-like growth factor binding protein 2 (IGFBP-2), and how it may play a role in a person’s likelihood to develop Alzheimer’s disease. IGFBP-2 helps to regulate energy metabolism by affecting blood glucose levels.

See the complete story by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Consumers may not recognize costs, consequences of demand for ‘clean’ food

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Eating “clean” is all about avoiding foods with additives, preservatives or other chemicals on the label, but Iowa State University professors Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Litchfield warn of the consequences in terms of food waste, safety and cost.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service

Pitchford breaks barriers to exercise for youth with developmental disabilities

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Andy Pitchford is improving the lives of youth with developmental disabilities by enhancing their physical activity inside and outside the classroom.

“I’ve always wanted to provide a public good for the people participating in my research,” said Pitchford, a new assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University. “Whether it’s learning about their body composition and health through DXA scan results, or riding a bicycle for the first time, it’s about picking up something they didn’t have before they participated in an intervention.”

Pease Family Scholar will discuss genetics of physical activity in ISU lecture Oct. 19

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A federally funded scientist who now serves as the director of Texas A&M University’s Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance will speak at Iowa State University on Thursday, Oct. 19.

J. Timothy Lightfoot will present “Can You Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics of Physical Activity” at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Lightfoot is the Department of Kinesiology’s 2017-18 Pease Family Scholar. His talk is free and open to the public.

Award-winning Iowa State research, outreach poised to combat opioid misuse, other health challenges

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Youth show lower rates of substance misuse, including prescription opioid misuse, well after high school graduation if they have participated in proven prevention programs that follow the PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) model developed at Iowa State University.

That’s according to researchers at Iowa State’s Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, newly housed under the Department of Human Development and Family Studies within the College of Human Sciences. PPSI is part of a larger effort to better translate Iowa State’s social and prevention science into widespread community practices.