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University of Massachusetts Community Health Education faculty Lisa Wexler

Lisa Wexler and colleagues recently received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to expand and adapt PC CARES, a “community mobilization” approach to translate research into practice for an Alaska Native youth suicide prevention program in 15 remote Alaska towns.

A recent pilot study by kinesiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that pedaling while conducting work tasks improved insulin responses to a test meal. Investigators led by Research Professor Stuart Chipkin found that insulin levels following the meal were lower when sedentary workers used a pedal desk compared to a standard desk. In addition, work skills were not decreased in the pedaling condition.

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Dean Marjorie Aelion discusses the growing impact made by researchers within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. From community-based researchers working on suicide prevention efforts to environmental health scientists trying to mitigate air and water pollution, faculty in all disciplines in the SPHHS are working together toward the common goal of helping improve the physical and mental well being of our populations.