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.”

Iowa State partners with third-graders to stage ‘maker theater’

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Ames, Iowa — Third-graders at Edwards Elementary School on Friday combined lessons in literacy and geometry to stage a theater using sets and scripts developed with the help of Iowa State University students.

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.

Researcher finds further evidence that fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies

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A new study led by Wendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, shows that eating salad with added fat in the form of soybean oil promotes the absorption of eight different micronutrients that promote human health. Conversely, eating the same salad without the added oil lessens the likelihood that the body will absorb the nutrients.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Laboratory School increases child wellness, education with local foods

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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.

Improving teaching and learning in large lecture classes

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As a college student, Michael Brown recalls sitting in those large lecture classes that everyone is required to take.

“When I took those classes, I did terribly in them,” he said. “I like math. I use statistics extensively in my research. But I did terribly in the first college stats class I took because I felt lost amidst the hundreds of students in the room.”  

Today, as a new assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, Brown is working to transform that model.

High-intensity workouts send the wrong message, says Iowa State professor

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As high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has grown in popularity, so has the debate over whether it is an effective public health solution. Kinesiology professor Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis says the workouts are not sustainable for the majority of people who are trying to lose weight and move more.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Meyer leverages exercise studies to boost mental, physical health

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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.

Iowa State professor’s book about critical theory selected as critics’ choice

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An Iowa State University professor is receiving top accolades for writing a book that provides a historical look at the intersection of education, social justice, and radical political movements.