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Health and Human Development faculty lectures set for May 1

April 22, 2009

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Four faculty members who have received Health and Human Development research mini-grants will lecture Friday, May 1, from 2-5 p.m. in Herrick Hall 117.

Mary Miles will discuss "Exercise-induced Inflammation, Macronutrient Intake, and Insulin Resistance." Inflammation promotes the development of insulin resistance and research is needed to determine how interactions between exercise and diet influence inflammation and insulin resistance. A high waist-to-hip ratio is a risk factor for insulin resistance, and this factor influences the interaction between macronutrients and both inflammation and insulin resistance. The complexity of this relationship will be the topic of future research.

Lynn Owens will discuss "The Role of Personality in Understanding Performance of Iron Man Triathletes." This presentation will focus on research findings from three years of profiling Iron Man triathletes' personalities at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Findings suggest an Iron Man profile with differences in gender and finish time.

Lynn Paul will discuss "Strong women strength training series for rural women: multistate integrated research & education project." Women need to maintain a healthy level of muscle mass at all ages for optimal health, but only 17.5 percent of women meet current strength training recommendations. The Strong Women program, a strength training program, is now offered through MSU Extension offices. Participation, improved functional strength and balance, and a strong sense of camaraderie and achievement are positive outcomes for Montana's rural women. Some participants increased hand weights from 1 pound to 5 pound weights. One woman noted a significant increase in functional strength as she reported now walking while shopping at Box stores, instead of using a wheel chair.

Beth Rink will discuss "The Greenland Sexual Health Project." Community consultation has been used to improve health studies conducted in Greenland in the past. However, community based participatory research (CBPR), where community members are involved in the development, design, implementation, analysis, interpretation, disseminatio, and knowledge translation of study results, has not been practiced in Greenland. In Canada and the United States, CBPR has been effective for conducting research with Inuit, American Indian and First Nations communities because of its ability to empower communities to address their health disparities in a socially, culturally, and environmentally appropriate manner. This presentation will describe the practical application of CBPR principles and methodologies to a sexual health project investigating sexually transmitted infections in Greenland, including challenge, solutions, and recommendations for building future capacity in Greenland.