The students of the Exercise Science class for Community Health provided information and displays at health fair in the R. Wilson Brown Room in late April. The class is instructed by Teresa Taylor, assistant professor of Nursing.
Students, subjects, and an interesting fact or two about their research or display are listed below:
Recreational Safety (researched by Mikel Neil, Jim Thomas, and Cameron Hope): Each year, more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under get medical treatment for sports injuries.
Eating Disorders (researched by Laurie Gilbert and Emily Connelly): Athletes and dancers are particularly vulnerable to developing eating disorders around the time of puberty, as they may want to stop or suppress growth. Eating disorders are so common in America that one or two out of every 100 students will struggle with one. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Drinking and Driving (researched by Sami Jackson and Ashley Troyer): Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol remains in the body for six hours after drinking. On average, someone is killed every 40 minutes from drinking and driving.
Men’s Health–Testicular Cancer (researched by Geread Filippi and Raymond Gonzalez): Testicular cancer is commonly found in men ages 20-35. It is recommended that you give yourself monthly self-examinations.
Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (researched by Jacob Pederson and Marquis Kilburn): There are many chemicals in tobacco smoke. When people call them “cancer sticks,” it makes sense.
Skin Cancer Awareness (researched by Josh Hartin and Tim Reagan): Fifty percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have a form of skin cancer. In 2004, the treatment cost of skin cancer was $1.5 billion. Indoor tanning was put in a category with smoking as one of the most dangerous ways to get cancer.
Heart Disease (researched by Mason Ormesher and Kelsey Davis): We found out about the broad variety of heart diseases and risk factors and what a person can do to prevent heart disease. Main symptoms of heart disease are chest pain, shortness of breath, and numbness.
Hand-Washing Disease Prevention (researched by Brianna Daniels and Daniel Gray): To get a full 20 seconds of hand-washing, you can hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. As you touch other people and things, you can accumulate germs on your hands.
Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (researched by Michael Hall and Courtney Seminavage): Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD. Both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are STDs that most people who have don’t know they have because there are no prevalent signs. AIDS is deadly, not HIV. STIs are not diseases and can be cured.
Proper Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle (researched by Jennifer Connaway, Jesse Hulett, and Courtney Henley): The food pyramid is now shown as a plate. If you eat 15 potato chips every day, you will gain 15 pounds in one year.
Back Injuries and Preventions (researched by Drew Wood and Kayla Donath): There are many different types of back injuries.
Substance Abuse (researched by Ryan Savka, Troy Langston, and Ryan Whitesel): The heroin epidemic is spreading fast across the United States.
Alcohol Abuse (researched by Alberto Linan and Vellos Purputidis): Alcohol abuse is a disease. It is characterized by a
maladaptive pattern of drinking alcohol that results in negative work, medical, education and/or social effects on a person’s life. Alcohol abuse affects about 10 percent of women and 20 percent of men in the United States, most beginning in their teens. With treatment, about 70 percent of people with alcoholism are able to decrease the number of days they consume alcohol and improve their overall health status within six months.
Stress and Stress Reduction (researched by Michael Miller and Andre Taylor): Stress is a fact of life. Symptoms of unmanaged stress include increased heart rate and blood pressure, and feeling tense, irritable, fatigued, or depressed. Effective ways to manage stress include adding balance to life by not overdoing studies or play, getting a thorough physical exam, expanding your support network and reinforcing friendships, exercising regularly, learning and practicing relaxation skills, taking “time-outs” from studying and other stressful activities, and discussing problems with friends, family, or counselors.