First-generation student finds ‘home’ at Iowa State, future in kinesiology

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Soccer is a huge part of Alejandro Martinez’s culture and his family, and it was his own soccer injuries at South Tama County High School – as well as words of wisdom from the athletic trainer who helped him recover – that led him to Iowa State University’s kinesiology and health program.
Village News highlights research on connection between singing and improved motor function in people with Parkinson's disease: A Dec. 6 brief from Village News highlighted Elizabeth Stegemoller's research on how singing can improve motor function for people with Parkinson's disease. While Stegemoller says that the findings are only preliminary data, the benefits can be similar to taking medicine.
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New York Times, other outlets feature kinesiology professor's study on benefits of strength training and effects on heart health: The New York Times, Cardiovascular Business, and Newsmax featured associate professor of kinesiology DC (Duck-chul) Lee's study on the benefits of weightlifting on heart health. Lee's study was featured in the Nov. 13 article "Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn't take much" from Inside Iowa State.
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College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class of fall 2018 in a series of events on Dec. 14 and 15.

Haley Haskell applies learning technologies skills in unexpected places

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Haley Haskell, senior in elementary education, has used her learning technologies minor to work with a physical education class at an Ames school, and learned the different ways technology can be used across the K-12 curriculum.
Cedar Rapids Gazette article features assistant professor of kinesiology, who says meditation could help people maintain an exercise routine: In an article from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, assistant professor of kinesiology Jacob Meyer discussed how practicing mindfulness meditation, which involves paying close attention to present emotions, thoughts, and sensations, can help people stick to an exercise routine during the winter months.
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College of Human Sciences Ambassador Andra Luth spotlighted in Decatur, Ill. Herald and Review: The Herald and Review, a newspaper based in Decator, Ill., highlighted Andra Luth who has been named an Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Ambassador in the Nov. 16 issue. Luth is a junior in kinesiology who lives in Illinois.
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Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn’t take much

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Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new Iowa State University study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other aerobic activity.
Several national news outlets feature ISU research on benefits of singing for people with Parkinson's disease: A pilot study by Elizabeth Stegemoller, Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, and Andrew Zaman which shows that singing can benefit people with Parkinson's disease in ways similar to taking medicine, has been featured in several news outlines. In articles from ReachMD, Health News Digest, Medicine Newsline, McKnight's Senior Living, Medicalnewser, and Eurasia Review, the researchers discuss early results and where they go from here with the new data.
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Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease

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In a recent study done by Iowa State researchers, singing has been found to reduce stress and improve motor function in people with Parkinson's disease. While it is "preliminary data," the study shows that the improvements among participants are similar to improvements made from taking medicine.
New York Times article features Jacob Meyer's research on mindful meditation that inspires winter workouts: See how research on mindful meditation by kinesiology assistant professor Jacob Meyer can inspire you to stay active, in a New York Times article. The research is based in the Wellbeing and Exercise Laboratory in the Forker Building on the Iowa State University campus.
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Study to explore how cognitive development affects later attitudes toward physical activity

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Kinesiology professor Panteleimon Ekekkaki and graduate student Matthew Ladwig are working to find how cognitive development affects attitudes toward physical activity later in life.
Kinesiology researchers aim to find connection between memories of PE class and adult attitudes toward physical activity: In articles from EurekAlert! and the Ames Tribune, kinesiology professor Panteleimon "Paddy" Ekkekakis and graduate student Matthew Ladwig discuss their upcoming research study that will focus on finding how our childhood memories of physical activity, specifically gym class, affect our adult attitudes toward being active.
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Hydration strategy key as high school athletes begin practice

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The first week of high school sports practices is a particularly vulnerable time for athletes, says an Iowa State University assistant professor of kinesiology. James Lang studies how environmental stresses, such as heat, affect how our bodies regulate internal temperature. Lang says being proactive about hydration, rather than reactive, is important to keep athletes safe.