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Human sciences students spend their spring break serving others
Sixteen College of Human Sciences students were among 59 from Iowa State University who spent their spring break doing service projects aimed at helping those in need.
  Helping parents understand BMI may lead to positive changes in childhood obesity
A new study found parents were more likely to change their child’s lifestyle when schools provided educational materials along with the results of their child’s body mass index screening.
Iowa State athletic trainers mark 45 years at state wrestling tournament
As athletes compete in the 2017 state high school wrestling tournament, Iowa State University’s athletic trainers mark 45 years of support to the sport.
Murdoch representing US this week in men’s hockey
When the U.S. Men’s National University Team competes this week in the 2017 Winter World University Games, assistant kinesiology professor Alan Murdoch will observe as the team’s general manager.
Hilton Chair Lectures continue this week with spring 2017 series
The 2016-2017 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series — “Move for Life: The Health Benefits of Exercise Across the Lifespan” — will this week launch its spring 2017 lectures.
Study suggests gym membership to improve health, exercise
New research shows that people who belong to a health club exercise more and have better cardiovascular health outcomes.
ExerCYse is Medicine provides high-impact service learning experiences
ExerCYse, an Iowa State program, is giving Cyclones ample opportunities for service learning — and making a big impact on healthful habits.
Human sciences students call work with Dance Marathon “life-changing”
Students are taking their passion for helping people to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses, as leaders of this year's Dance Marathon.
Iowa State to launch new effort to mentor underrepresented students in toxicology
Iowa State, Tuskegee and Ohio State are collaborating to mentor undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with an interest in toxicology.
Three human sciences women featured in 2017 calendar
Ann Gansemer-Topf, Margaret Van Ginkel, and Britney Williams are among 12 women featured in the 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar, which will be unveiled by the Catt Center this Wednesday.

Kinesiology Department News

Kinesiology Department News

Greg Welk gives The C. H. McCloy Research Lecture at SHAPE America national convention

Greg Welk, Iowa State's Barbara E. Forker Professor in Kinesiology, was honored by his peers nationally when he was chosen to deliver the annual C.H. McCloy Research Lecture at the SHAPE America national convention and expo, March 14 to 18 in Boston. Welk spoke about his ongoing work with FitnessGram — the student fitness report card — in a lecture entitled, "The Intersections of Science and Practice: Examples from FitnessGram Programming." The C. H. McCloy Research Lecture provides in-depth coverage of a research topic and an opportunity to give formal peer recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to health, physical education, recreation, and dance through their research efforts. The lecture came at the national convention of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, working under the name SHAPE America, which provides support to professionals specializing in health, physical education, recreation and dance. At the convention, assistant professor Senlin Chen joined Welk in speaking about using energy-balance (EB) education in their USDA-funded trial of SWITCH (School Wellness Integrating Targeting Child Health). In addition, Welk, Chen, and assistant professor Spyridoula Vazou spoke about their collaborative research focused on advancing methods for comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) as a multicomponent and coordinated approach to help youth meet national physical activity guidelines. More».



Jenna Petersen shares her Human Sciences Week experience in student profile

Jenna wants to use her degree in kinesiology and health to become a chiropractor. As a co-chair for Human Sciences Week, she coordinates volunteers and plans events. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, baking, or playing guitar. More».



Doctoral student in kinesiology Mitchell Stephenson presents seminar at Northern Michigan University

Mitchell Stephenson, a Doctoral student in kinesiology, was selected to be this year's guest speaker for the Exercise Science Seminar Series. He presented a seminar last week titled "Brain in the Game: How Neurocognition affects ACL injuries" at Northern Michigan University, where he graduated from the sport science program in 2013. The presentation focused on Mitchell's academic background and the current state of the literature relating to ACL injuries. More».



Elizabeth Stegemöller's music therapy featured in The Scientist magazine

The Scientist magazine this month featured an article by Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor in kinesiology, called "Exploring the mechanisms of music therapy." In the article, Stegemöller explains how music therapy can sometimes provide relief where conventional medicine has failed for people with Parkinson's disease. More».



Student profile highlights exercise science major Brie Johnson

Brie, a sophomore, wants to help individuals with their health goals. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys going to State Gym, lifting weights, and watching “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill,” or “Supernatural” on Netflix. More».



ISU kinesiology professor Greg Welk interviewed by WHO-TV

WHO-TV Channel 13 covered Meredith Middle School's unique approach to physical activity promotion. This school is part of a large research networkof Iowa schools called the Iowa FitnessGram Initiative. ISU kinesiology professor Greg Welk talked with WHO-TV about the benefits of comprehensive school physical activity programming and staying active throughout the school day. More».



Iowa State Daily features senior in kinesiology and health Devin Wilmott

The Iowa State Daily has featured Devin Wilmott, a senior in kinesiology and health, in a student life article highlighting three impactful ISU seniors. Wilmott is the co-founder of Happy Strong and Healthy magazine. She started her own personal training service, Train with Dev. She is also the CEO of I Conquer Everything, or I.C.E, Labs nutritional supplements. More».



Kinesiology student Alia Jamison crowned 2017 Miss Black and Gold

Alia Jamison, a senior studying in the pre-medicine option within kinesiology and health, was on Friday crowned the 2017 Miss Black and Gold by the Iowa State University and University of Iowa chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The honor, featured by the Iowa State Daily, came during the Alpha Phi Alpha chapter's first pageant in a decade. Three contestants competed in casual wear, talent, formal wear, and interview. The two other contestants were Amber Abogunrin, a junior in apparel, merchandising, and design, and Deshauna Carter, a sophomore studying psychology at Drake University. More».



Genevieve Hepworth shares her Ireland adventure in student profile

Genevieve (Genny) always wanted to travel overseas. During the summer after her sophomore year, she had the opportunity to study in Ireland through her department's study abroad program. More».



Men's Journal features ISU kinesiology study linking gym memberships to better health outcomes

Men's Journal highlighted a study conducted by Iowa State University's kinesiology department that compared the overall fitness and health outcomes of people who did and did not have a gym membership. The research showed that gym membership owners had 14 times increased odds of meeting the current physical activity guidelines than those without a gym membership. Additionally, gym members with more than one year of membership had about 1.5 inches lower waist circumference than nonmembers. More».



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