Mindfulness -- assuming an accepting, nonjudgmental and kind attitude toward thoughts and feelings -- helped a group of University freshman adjust to the transition into college life. The students who participated in a mindfulness program were less depressed and anxious than the control group. There was also an overall drop in alcohol use among the students trained in mindfulness compared to the control group.
Health and Human Development
Health and Human Development
Eating peanuts with a high-fat meal can improve cardiovascular health. Researchers say that peanuts blunt a spike in triglycerides that normally accompany meals. That spike causes the arteries to stiffen and, over time, increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases that can lead to heart failure and stroke.
To spread the message that exercise is medicine every day and not just during EiM week, event organizers have invited university clubs and organizations focused on fitness and healthy lifestyles to share their resources and information throughout the week. Students will also participate in a fitness challenge against Michigan State University and have an opportunity to attend a free yoga session on Old Main lawn.
The College of Health and Human Development recently honored a number of faculty members with the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding instruction and dedication to undergraduate education.
The American Psychological Association awarded its Mark Chaffin Early Career Research Award to Chad Shenk, an assistant professor in human development and family studies and a faculty member in Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being, part of the Social Science Research Institute.
Riley Plenge will be the Penn State College of Health and Human Development's college marshal for the August 2016 commencement ceremony, where she will receive a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies.
Thomas J. Gould has been named head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. In this role, he will hold the Jean Phillips Shibley Professorship of Biobehavioral Health. Gould joins Penn State, effective July 1, after serving as professor of psychology and director of the program in neuroscience at Temple University.
Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being along with the Colleges of Information and Science Technologies, Communications and Nursing recently hosted "Sex Trafficking: Vulnerabilities and Solutions," a half-day awareness event dedicated to sex trafficking prevention and education.
Bethany Latten, daughter of Darlene Latten, of Cortland, New York, will serve as the college marshal for the Penn State College of Health and Human Development at its spring 2016 commencement ceremony on May 7.
Niki L. Page, director of grants and contracts in the College of Health and Human Development, is a 2016 recipient of the Achieving Woman Award, presented by the Commission for Women at Penn State. Page will be honored, along with six other award winners, at the Commission for Women’s University-wide luncheon on April 8 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.
Christine Phillips, post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Healthy Aging, will present the April Lecture on Healthy Aging. Phillips will address the current state of knowledge about physical activity and exercise, and how to develop personal strategic based on current science.
Zinc levels in breast milk may be able to serve as an indicator of breast function during lactation, according to Penn State health researchers.
BBH, IST students placed second with their C Pain Go app, in the 2015 mHealth Challenge. The C-Pain Go app was designed to focus on patients who suffer from chronic pain by setting multiple reminders throughout the day to ask the patient how he/she was feeling in order to record symptoms and track their pain on a daily basis.
To continue to infuse the concept of care and compassion throughout curricula in the College of Health and Human Development, Edna Bennett Pierce and Mark Greenberg have endowed a professorship, lectureship and fellowship.
The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 10 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus.