The SPHHS Insider - August 2015

Join us for the 6th Annual SPHHS Fall Celebration!

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) invites alumni and friends back to campus for its 6TH ANNUAL SPHHS FALL CELEBRATION! Join us on Saturday, October 17th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center. Enjoy brunch while reconnecting with former classmates, and visit with faculty, staff and students to share your latest news and learn more about what is happening within the SPHHS. The event will include special student speakers and the presentation of the SPHHS Award for Significant Contributions to the fields of public health and health sciences.

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Doctoral student Del Toro-Mejias receives NIH supplemental award to promote diversity in health-related research

Lizbeth Del Toro-Mejias, a doctoral student in the Community Health Education program, has received a two year, $40,504 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health (award Number R01DA037117) under the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Program. The supplemental award is provided for Del Toro-Mejias to participate in data collection as part of a larger NIH grant titled “Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico” being conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, John Jay College CUNY, and the Medical School of the University of Puerto Rico.

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National Institutes of Health awards grant to doctoral candidate Mendoza

Albert Mendoza, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, was recently awarded a 1-year, $27,857 grant through the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research program. Mendoza will use the funds for a study titled “Validation of activity trackers in estimating energy expenditure, activity minutes and steps in free-living settings,” which will examine the accuracy and precision of consumer fitness trackers. The study will be the first using these devices as well as direct observation to monitor individuals in their day-to-day lives rather than a laboratory setting.

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St. Laurent introduces summer Pre-College students to kinesiology

Students in the UMass Amherst Pre-College program were recently on campus from July 27 to August 7 for an intensive course introducing principles of kinesiology such as exercise science, health, and fitness. Sharing an interest in future careers involving fitness and wellness, the students hailed from locations all over the United States and Canada. Kinesiology Lecturer Tom St. Laurent led the students through a combination of lectures and field exercises, introducing fitness testing techniques such as blood pressure, body composition and flexibility and then practicing these skills in hands-on lab experiments with their peers.

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Kinesiology department co-sponsors Active Aging in the Valley event on Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette, in conjunction with the UMass Amherst Department of Kinesiology and others, will be holding an all new event called “Active Aging in the Valley” on the UMass Amherst campus on Saturday, October 24th. The event, which is free and open to the public, will explore the important health benefits of remaining active over 50.

Department guest speakers will include Research Professor Stuart Chipkin on "The Role of Physical Activity on Diabetes Prevention and Management for the Older Adult" and Professor Jane Kent on "Healthy Muscles=Healthy Aging." Other speakers include Daniel Sage, Medical Director with the Cooley Dickinson Joint Replacement Center, and James Kirchhoffer with the Cooley Dickinson Medical Group and Hampshire Cardiovascular Associates. Other programming will include panel discussions, workshops, and vendors.

UMass Kinesiology students will provide free health screenings including blood pressure tests, grip tests, senior fitness tests, and BMI measurements.


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