Archive for February, 2012

Nutritional Sciences 500 Seminar
Wednesday, February 29, 4:00 PM
103 Mumford Hall

Dr. Kirk Erickson

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Brain Aging & Cognitive Health Lab
(PhD, University of Illinois)

Research Interests: Aging; factors and mechanisms of cognitive impairment; factors that promote healthy aging including physical activity, intellectual engagement, vitamin supplementation, hormone supplementation; the influence of genetics on brain and cognition; translating molecular neuroscience to cognitive neuroscience; neuroplasticity and learning related changes in brain and behavior.

MNT | Physical Activity Keeps Workers Mentally Fit.

Obesity can be a dangerous risk to our physical health, but according to a Tel Aviv University researcher, avoiding the gym can also take a toll on our mental health, leading to depression and greater burnout rates at work.

Dr. Sharon Toker of TAU’s Recanati Faculty of Management, working with Dr. Michal Biron from the University of Haifa, discovered that employees who found the time to engage in physical activity were less likely to experience a deterioration of their mental health, including symptoms of burnout and depression. Continue. | Desk Jockeys Urged to Take Small Steps to Get Exercise.

Spending long hours at your desk may boost your work productivity, but it can harm your health, an expert warns. There’s growing evidence that the more time you spend sitting each day, the greater your risk of heart disease. Your spine, shoulders and hips may also suffer. Continue.

Reuters | Fitness DVDs remain hale and hardly over the hill.

Despite the brave new workout world of streaming videos and smart phone exercise apps, the old-fangled fitness DVD has never been in better shape. As people seek to live healthier, it remains the go-to workout aid for many who like their exercise accessible, inexpensive and private, according to a recent report. Continue. | Active video games don’t mean kids exercise more.

All that virtual boxing, bowling and dancing along with video game systems might not be helping kids meet their daily exercise requirements, a new study suggests. In the report, kids who were given so-called active video games to play on a Nintendo Wii didn’t end up logging any more moderate or vigorous physical activity than those given games they could play sitting on the couch. Continue.

Experience AHS!

| March 10, 2012 |

The mission of the Experience AHS program is to showcase the many unique opportunities within the College, offering a glimpse of what students experience in the classroom and in the field. The majors in the College include Recreation, Sport and Tourism; Kinesiology; Interdisciplinary Health (i-Health); Community Health; and Speech and Hearing Science. The College of Applied Health Sciences offers first-class educational experiences and complements the classroom experiences with opportunities for students to apply what they have learned.

NYT | How Exercise Fuels the Brain.

Moving the body demands a lot from the brain. Exercise activates countless neurons, which generate, receive and interpret repeated, rapid-fire messages from the nervous system, coordinating muscle contractions, vision, balance, organ function and all of the complex interactions of bodily systems that allow you to take one step, then another.

This increase in brain activity naturally increases the brain’s need for nutrients, but until recently, scientists hadn’t fully understood how neurons fuel themselves during exercise. Now a series of animal studies from Japan suggest that the exercising brain has unique methods of keeping itself fueled. Continue.

Medical Xpress | Exercise in pregnancy safe for baby, study finds.

Exercising at moderate or — for very active women — even high intensity during pregnancy won’t hurt your baby’s health, a new study finds. Researchers monitored healthy women in their third trimester before and after 30 minutes on a treadmill and found no problems with measures of fetal well-being, including heart rate and blood flow. The results were similar whether or not the women exercised on a regular basis. Continue.

Keeping Your Brain Fit

AARP | Age-Proof Your Brain.

Alzheimer’s isn’t inevitable. Many experts now believe you can prevent or at least delay dementia — even if you have a genetic predisposition. Reducing Alzheimer’s risk factors like obesity, diabetes, smoking and low physical activity by just 25 percent could prevent up to half a million cases of the disease in the United States, according to a recent analysis from the University of California in San Francisco. Continue.

Congrats to Neha Gothe, Doctoral Candidate

Congratulations to graduate research assistant, Neha Gothe, on successfully completing her preliminary examinations!

Click here to learn more about Neha and her research interests.