Congratulations to Susan Houseworth for receiving the Academic Professional Excellence Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences!
Message from the Dean: “Providing high quality service and instruction to our undergraduate students is a point of particular pride in the College of AHS. We are proud of Susan’s commitment to excellence and are pleased to recognize her achievements in this area. Her accomplishments are a positive reflection on all of us.”
Science Daily | Math learned best when children move
Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies. Well-being and learning among school age children has a significant impact on how children fare later on in life. Therefore, frameworks for elementary school teaching and learning must be optimized. Continue.
NYT Well | Get up and move. It may make you happier.
When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to psychological health. Epidemiological studies have found, for example, that people who exercise or otherwise are active typically are less prone to depression and anxiety than sedentary people. Continue.
BBC Health | Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’
Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older. As people age, their cells age, causing DNA protectors to shorten and fray. But health and lifestyle factors may speed up the process, researchers from California said. Even in old age, it was important to keep active and avoid sitting for more than 10 hours a day, they said. Continue.
UIUC KCH | Elizabeth Awick accepted into the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
Elizabeth Awick, a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, has been accepted to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Elizabeth, a graduate research assistant working under the direction of Dr. Edward McAuley, was one of a small pool of award recipients, selected from over 130 applicants. This prestigious program provides training for individuals in the field of cancer prevention and control. Continue.
Well | Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.
Stuck at your work desk? Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study. The study, which also found that frequent, brief walking breaks were more effective at improving well-being than a single, longer walk before work, could provide the basis for a simple, realistic New Year’s exercise resolution for those of us bound to our desks all day. Continue.
CBC News | Why ‘fitness is something we should be measuring’ at the doctor’s office
Doctors should assess and estimate the cardiorespiratory fitness of adults during routine visits just as they measure blood pressure, according to the Canadian author who chaired a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Cardiorespiratory fitness refers to the ability to do aerobic activities. A growing body of medical research shows it’s potentially a stronger predictor of death risk than more established risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol and hypertension. Continue.
NYT Well | How exercise might keep depression at bay
Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair. Continue.
Former graduate student Liang Hu and six undergraduate students from Zhejiang University visited the EPL and the University of Illinois during their US visit, which also included a week at Iowa State University.
Dr. Hu is now an Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Sport Science at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.
NBC Chicago | At over 75 years old, brothers return to run Chicago Marathon
At over 75 years old, two brothers are proving that age is truly just a number. Frank Abramic, 81, and his 78-year-old brother John return as veterans to this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. “We are doing this to redefine out limits just like everyone else,” the brothers said. “How many people can run 26 miles, especially at our age?” The brothers discovered their love for running in their 60s, after retirement. Frank returns to run his 18th Chicago Marathon, and John his third. “When I first started out, I couldn’t run more than a few blocks,” Frank said. “But it really makes me feel better when I go on a run.” Continue.