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.
Greg Welk, Anita Rollins, Sara Sprouse honored at university awards ceremony on September 14: Welk, a Barbara E. Forker Professor in Kinesiology, received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. Anita Rollins, program coordinator of the Science Bound program in the School of Education, received the Professional Scientific Excellence Award. Sara Sprouse, a nutrition and wellness specialist in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach who works from the Van Buren County office, received the Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award.
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Graduate students earn scholarships from College of Human Sciences and academic programs: Graduate students also received scholarships from the College of Human Sciences and related academic programs.
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More than 400 undergraduate students receive scholarships from College of Human Sciences and academic departments: The College of Human Sciences and related academic departments collectively awarded $1.3 million in scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year above and beyond the university-level scholarships that were bestowed. See which undergraduate students received awards this year.
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Alumnus Marc Mores elected to Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors: Marc Mores of Parker, Colorado, a 1995 Iowa State University graduate in exercise and sport science who is executive vice president and Denver branch manager at James R. Favor & Company, has been elected to board of directors of the Iowa State University Alumni Association, for a four-year term.
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Season of success for summer internships

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Nearly 400 College of Human Sciences students are using this summer to gain knowledge, skill, and experience in their field through an internship.  Internships, student teaching placements and other practicums are essential to the learning process at Iowa State, whether they are close to campus or around the world.
ExerCYse is Medicine receives recognition at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting: Iowa State University recently received recognition as a Silver Exercise is Medicine On Campus student organization. Greg Welk, a Barbara E. Forker Professor in kinesiology, and Ryan True, a senior in kinesiology and health who's president of ExerCYse is Medicine at Iowa State, attended this year's American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Minneapolis where they accepted the recognition.
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Accountability sessions give ISU student startups time to set benchmarks, course-correct

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Ryan True is one of 20 students and alumni participating this summer in CYstarters, a 10-week accelerator program that provides the funding, resources, and accountability to grow business startups. True's business, Full Circle Wellness, aims to help older adults stay healthy.

Biomechanics professor named Iowa State’s next kinesiology chair

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Li-Shan Chou, a professor of biomechanics who is department head of human physiology and director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at the University of Oregon, will be the next chair of the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology.
Ryan True, Rebecca Lyons, Morgan Muller, Ashley Jones among this summer's CYstarters: Four from the College of Human Sciences — Ryan True in kinesiology and health, Rebecca Lyons in elementary education, and Morgan Lanae Muller and Ashley Jones in event management — are among 15 selected to participate this summer in CYstarters, a 10-week accelerator by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship for student entrepreneurs willing to actively pursue their business ideas. Meet the students and get involved at the program's community kick-off this Wednesday. Read more about their business ideas.
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Jacob Meyer in kinesiology to appear 1 p.m. Thursday on KASI Radio's The Trent Rice Show: Jacob Meyer, assistant professor in kinesiology, is scheduled to be a guest Thursday on KASI Radio’s "The Trent Rice Show" to discuss his two recent studies on mindfulness and physical activity, and resistance training and depression. Meyer also responded to an interview request from Natalie Rahhal, a health reporter with the Daily Mail. Both are the result of an ISU News Service story.
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Motivation to move may start with being mindful

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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 Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor in kinesiology.
Darlene Fratzke, Dawn Fiihr, Kyle Holtman, Liz Harris, Mickie Deaton celebrated for years of service to learning communities: Five from the College of Human Sciences were celebrated May 7 for their years of service to learning communities at Iowa State University. They included Darlene Fratzke for 15 years coordinating the Adult, Non-Traditional Students (ANTS) and Making Informed Decisions (MINDS) learning communities; Dawn Fiihr for 10 years with the Directions (hospitality and event management) learning community; and Mickie Deaton, Liz Harris, and Kyle Holtman, for five years of coordinating the Food Science and Human Nutrition, Directions, and Kinesiology Freshmen learning communities, respectively.
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Daniel Spikes, Kyle Holtman, Greg Welk, Anita Rollins, Sara Sprouse to be recognized with university awards: Five human scientists will be among more than 60 Iowa State faculty and staff who will be honored during the university's annual awards ceremony Sept. 14 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Daniel Spikes, an assistant professor in the School of Education, will receive the Award for Inclusive Excellence. Kyle Holtman, an academic adviser in kinesiology, will receive the Award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising. Gregory Welk, a Barbara E. Forker Professor in kinesiology, will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. Anita Rollins, a program coordinator in the School of Education, will receive the Professional and Scientific Excellence Award. And Sara Sprouse, a human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will receive the Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award.
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College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

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The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 650 graduating students in a series of events on May 4 and 5.
Branden Arends, Britta Becker, Ann Gansemer-Topf, Armine Ghalachyan, Kelly Reddy-Best, Hope Yates, The Fashion Show win Student Affairs awards: Branden Arends, a junior in kinesiology and health, was one of two recipients of the Scott Rohlf Presidential Leadership Initiative Award. Britta Becker, a senior in family and consumer sciences education and studies, received the Above and Beyond Award. Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education, received the Wilbur L. Layton Faculty Recognition Award. Armine Ghalachyan, a graduate student in apparel, events, and hospitality management, won the Unsung Hero Award. Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, merchandising, and design and director of the Fashion and Culture Research Lab, accepted the W. Houston Dougharty Ally Award. Hope Yates, a senior in kinesiology and health, received the Student of Distinction Award. And The Fashion Show 2018 won the Outstanding Event of the Year Award.
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Maria McDonough, Mallory Wells, Brady Buchheit, Mikayla Weron elected to Kinesiology and Health Club executive offices: The Iowa State University Kinesiology and Health Club elected its executive officers for the 2018-19 academic year. The club elected Maria McDonough as president, Mallory Wells as vice president, Brady Buchheit as treasurer, and Mikayla Weron as philanthropy chair.
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Iowa State University celebrates remodeled home for promoting physical activity and healthy living

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A ribbon cutting will be held April 13 to celebrate completion of a $7.4 million renovation of the Barbara E. Forker Building at Iowa State University.