Dr. William Yarber from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington has recently returned from Taiwan where his widely-used textbook, Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary Society, was prominently featured at the 2019 Taipei International Book Exhibition. During the book exhibition, Dr. Yarber presented forums on human sexuality. His textbook continues to receive worldwide acclaim from professors and publishers and is now being published in Taiwan, China, and South Korea. (more…)
Dr. Joanna Shimek from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington has been selected to present at the 20th Annual Midwest Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Her presentation is titled Assessing Student Learning – Traditional Classroom vs. Online. (more…)
The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington has officially changed its name to Prevention Insights and launched a new website: https://Prevention.iu.edu. (more…)
Did you know there were 33,979 substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect in Indiana in 2017 and Indiana internet crimes against children received over 3500 tips in 2018?
On Wednesday, March 20, from 6:00 to 7:30pm, the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will host Protecting Indiana Youth: Recognizing and Responding to Child Exploitation in room PH C100 (Mobley Auditorium). In this free interactive session, participants will learn about red flags for identifying youth who may have been exploited, statistics about the incidence of child exploitation and human trafficking in Indiana, and how our law enforcement system responds to investigate potential victims. (more…)
Find out how food companies use consumer perceptions about nutrition and health to drive demand for products by joining us for a seminar on Thursday, February 28 from 2:30-4:30pm in PH 125.
Bill Layden, Adjunct Professor of Practice, will share his first-hand knowledge of how food & beverage consumer product goods companies and related organizations leverage consumer perceptions of nutrition, health, and wellness to increase demand and sales of foods and beverages.
In his presentation, “Marketing the Health Promise of Foods,” Mr. Layden will outline the approaches and methods used to successfully influence consumer purchases and consumption.
An entrepreneur at heart, in 2006, Bill founded FoodMinds, a consulting and communications company specializing in harnessing science, public affairs, food values and communications, to meet business and public health objectives. In 2018, he joined the faculty here to share his knowledge and experience with students.
Please plan to attend to learn more about this fascinating topic.
For more about Mr. Layden, see: https://info.publichealth.indiana.edu/faculty/current/layden-bill-michael.shtml
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has granted the Professional Athletic Training Program at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington 10 years of continuing accreditation, which is the highest award the CAATE grants. (more…)
HIV prevention continues to be a significant public health problem in the United States. Despite advances in HIV prevention and care, HIV-related illness is still the ninth leading cause of death among those between 25 and 44 years of age (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). Identifying clinical pathways for access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can play a key role in HIV prevention. PrEP, a biomedical tool to prevent the acquisition of HIV, reduces the risk of HIV in high-risk individuals by more than 90%.
New research by Dr. Stephen Carter from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington has been published in Experimental Physiology showing how exercise might improve health by increasing gut bacterial diversity.
Bacteria, often synonymous with infection and disease, may have an unfair reputation. Research indicates there are as many, if not more, bacterial cells in our bodies as human cells, meaning they play an important role in our physiology. In fact, a growing body of evidence shows that greater gut microbiota diversity (the number of different species and evenness of these species’ populations) is related to better health. Now, Carter’s research has suggested the efficiency with which we transport oxygen to our tissues (cardiorespiratory fitness) is a far greater predictor of gut microbiota diversity than either body fat percentage or general physical activity.
The findings suggest that exercise at a sufficiently high intensity, to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, may support health through favorable alterations in the presence, activity, and clustering of gut microbes. Such exercise-induced improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness often correspond with central (e.g. increased volume of blood pumped by the heart each beat) and peripheral adaptations (e.g. increased number of capillaries to transport oxygen from blood to muscles).
Before now, it was understood that higher cardiorespiratory fitness tended to coincide with greater gut microbiota diversity, but it was unclear whether this relationship was attributable to body fat percentage or physical activities of daily living. Since cancer treatment is known to trigger physiological changes detrimental to cardio-metabolic health, including increased body fat percentage and declining cardiorespiratory fitness, this research was performed on cancer survivors. In total, 37 non-metastatic breast cancer survivors, who had completed treatment at least one year prior, were enrolled.
Participants performed a graded exercise test to estimate peak cardiorespiratory fitness, assessments of total energy expenditure, and examination of gut microbiota from fecal swipes. The results showed participants with the higher cardiorespiratory fitness had significantly greater gut microbiota diversity compared to less fit participants. Further statistical analyses highlighted that cardiorespiratory fitness accounted for roughly a quarter of the variance in species richness and evenness, independent of body fat percent.
These data offer intriguing insight into the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and gut microbiota diversity. Carter is enthusiastic about continuing his team’s research: “Our group is actively pursuing an interventional study to determine how variation in exercise intensity can influence gut microbiota diversity under controlled-feeding conditions to uncover how exercise may affect functional outcomes of gut microbiota, as well as studying how exercise prescription may be optimized to enhance health outcomes among clinical populations.”
Doctoral student Tiffany Monique Quash is the recipient of this year’s Ruth Clifford Engs Doctoral Research Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to the doctoral student in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington submitting the best dissertation proposal for historical research. Quash presented her lecture titled “Race, Leisure, and Swimming: An open dialogue on the historical construction of leisure, the roots of swimming, and their impact on people of African descent” at the recent Ruth Clifford Engs Fellowship Lecture series.
Tyler Neimeyer, a recent M.S. graduate from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, has received the Future Scholars Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS). The purpose of the TALS Future Scholars Program is to provide graduate students who are interested in pursuing a doctorate in an area related to recreation and leisure studies the opportunity to meet some of the outstanding scholars in the field by attending the TALS Annual Conference on Research and Teaching.
After finishing his masters in recreational therapy and receiving his certification, Neimeyer was recruited to develop and direct a recreational therapy program at Positive Pathways, an organization that helps individuals with disabilities and their families plan, support, and maintain ways to live within their own homes and communities throughout Indiana. Neimeyer continues his ties to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington by serving as an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies.