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Why customers choose to eat healthy at restaurants

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A person’s decision to choose healthful foods when eating at a casual dining restaurant is the result of complicated interactions between socio-demographic, psychological, and environmental factors.

But past exposure to a certain food also affects a customer’s decision to eat healthy, according to a new study co-authored by an Iowa State University professor and two former doctoral students.


Iowa State University helps couples improve their relationships

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Iowa State University will soon offer a new program that applies a national research-based training model to help couples have healthy relationships.


ISU study suggests ‘use it or lose it’ to defend against memory loss

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Iowa State University researchers have identified a protein essential for building memories that appears to predict the progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients.


‘Boomerang dads’ have positive effect on daughters’ mental health

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In the movie “The Parent Trap,” twin sisters meet at a summer camp and plot to reunite their divorced parents.

It’s an unlikely scheme that works in the movies, but new research shows it’s not so uncommon for fathers to come back after a separation — even without their children intervening — which can be beneficial for their daughters.  


Iowa State to share expertise in cultural proficiency

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Two assistant professors in the Iowa State University School of Education will share their expertise on cultural proficiency at the Des Moines Public Schools’ first annual Summit on School Climate and Culture.

Daniel Spikes and Jason Salisbury will be among a national panel of experts in school improvement speaking before nearly 1,200 educators at the first-of-its-kind event aimed at making a difference in the school and classroom. The summit will be held Aug. 8 and 9 at the Iowa Events Center.


Iowa State University shifts focus to children in domestic violence cases

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An Iowa State University initiative is making a difference for thousands of domestic violence cases across the state by placing the focus on children's safety and needs.

The Child Welfare Research and Training Project in human development and family studies partners with David Mandel and Associates, a child welfare consulting group, to deliver the Safe and Together Program to all child welfare professionals in Iowa. The work is funded by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Development of this initiative is a contractual partnership between the Iowa State University Child Welfare Research and Training Project and the Iowa Department of Human Services.


Iowa State University dietetic interns to work virtually with low-income families to improve nutrition

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A group of Iowa State University dietetic interns will provide nutrition coaching and wellness information to low-income families as part of a national health initiative.


New $2.5 million grant to assist Iowa State researchers in tracking physical activity

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A $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow Iowa State University researchers to study the effectiveness of aerobic exercise, resistance training, and a combination of both.


Discovery could lead to treatment to better regulate insulin

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Medication can help trigger the enzyme that kick starts insulin production in the body, but the drugs don’t always work for those who are obese or diabetic, and most need to regulate their glucose and insulin levels.

That’s why a recent discovery made by Rudy Valentine and a team of researchers holds so much promise.


Kinesiology student aims to improve health among people of color

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Markus Flynn believes that between passion and talent, people find their purpose.

His Iowa State University adventure has shown him that his purpose in life is to improve the health outcomes of people of color, through a career in public health or community outreach.


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