Wellness News

Iowa State researchers to share promises, vulnerabilities of families at national conference

Megan Gilligan, Clinton Gudmunson, Suzanne Batholomae, Shane Kavanaugh, and Brenda Lohman will join Iowa State colleagues at a national conference. Photo by Ryan Riley.

More than 50 Iowa State University student, faculty, and staff researchers in human development and family studies will offer their expertise in family health in areas including parental substance abuse, sibling tensions, and family finance at a national conference this week.

The meetings are part of this year’s National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) annual conference, Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis. A series of preconference workshops on Nov. 1 will precede the event.

Iowa State alumna serves as lead dietitian at Rio Olympics

Tania Lee, an Iowa State alumna in dietetics and nutritional science, served as lead dietitian for Malaysian athletes during the Rio Olympics. Contributed photo.

Tania Lee applied everything she learned at Iowa State University during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 2013 alumna in dietetics and nutritional science was chosen to be lead dietitian of the 32-member Malaysian Olympics team this year.

Roderuck faculty fellowship to support global nutrition research

Wendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, researches methods to improve the nutritional value of vegetables such as carrots, corn, and tomatoes. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Wendy White has big plans for how she’ll use the extra support she’ll receive as the newest holder of the Charlotte E. Roderuck faculty fellowship at Iowa State University.  

White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, researches methods to improve the nutritional value of vegetables such as carrots, corn, and tomatoes. She’s working on ways to make their red-orange carotenoid pigments such as beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene easier to process and absorb.

Using social marketing to promote healthy eating

A recently published study co-authored by Christine Hradek in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach shows that social marketing campaigns can increase kids’ consumption of fruits and vegetables. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Social marketing campaigns that educate parents about good nutrition can help to increase children’s consumption of fruit, vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free milk.

That’s according to findings of a recently published study co-authored by Christine Hradek, a state nutrition program specialist with Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Human Sciences Week to feature new dean, ways to help others

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for the second annual Human Sciences Week. Photo by Alisha Zika.

The Iowa State University community will this month have an opportunity to meet the new dean of the College of Human Sciences, learn about living a healthy lifestyle, enjoy cherry pies, and make shoes out of used jeans.

The College of Human Sciences will come together Sept. 26 to 30 for a week of food, fun, speakers, and philanthropic events during the second annual Human Sciences Week.

New Iowa State professor examines impact of exercise on the brain

Peter Clark, an assistant professor in nutritional science who swam competitively in college, applies his love of physical activity to his psychological studies. He researches how nutritional, physical, and physiological changes in the brain impact behavior. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Exercise and the human brain have always fascinated Peter Clark.

Clark, a new assistant professor in nutritional science at Iowa State University, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology while winning medals for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s swim team. He swam competitively from the time he was 10 years old, through college.

Jolly aims to connect people, broaden networks

Laura Jolly (right), the new dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences, aims to connect people, broaden networks, and advocate for Iowa State University’s top-ranked programs to have state-of-the-art facilities. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Laura Dunn Jolly is a leader who works to connect people and broaden networks.

She describes her leadership style as one that is hands-on and collaborative. She wants people to know that the door to her office and to the college is open.

Why customers choose to eat healthy at restaurants

Susan Arendt, an Iowa State University professor in hospitality management, has co-authored several studies on what makes people choose to eat healthy at casual dining restaurants. Photo by Ryan Riley.

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

Diane and Bill Jamison talk about the benefits of the Elevate couples education curriculum to enhance healthy relationship knowledge and skills — such as improving communication and reducing stress. Contributed photo.

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

Iowa State University shifts focus to children in domestic violence cases

Leah Kinnaird, an Iowa State University human service specialist and domestic violence response coordinator, shows some of the Safe and Together materials used in training Iowa’s child welfare professionals. Photo by Shannon Stump.

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.