Post date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:23am

On average, 18 veterans commit suicide each day – many with recent war-zone service – according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two Texas A&M University psychologists are working to reduce that number as they research mental health issues affecting veterans and suicide prevention.

Due to repeated deployment and the nature of the wounds they sustain in combat, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans sometimes return home with mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress...

Post date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 6:00am

America's expanding waistline is not limited to adults. Approximately one in five children are obese too, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To combat this problem, the state of Texas has implemented a number of policies that focus on environmental factors contributing to childhood obesity.
E. Lisako McKyer, assistant professor of health education, is part of a multidisciplinary research team from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas...

In the famous training sequence from the classic movie Rocky, Rocky Balboa works relentlessly to hone his body and prove himself against his opponent. What if, at the end of that sequence, Rocky didn’t become stronger, faster and fitter? What if he didn’t see any improvement after his training?
This scenario is actually not all that far-fetched. Research suggests that people's responses to exercise training vary greatly, to the point where some individuals experience little difference...

Post date: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 6:00am

African-Americans are underrepresented in hiring decisions as college football coaches, according to a new study co-authored by a Texas A&M University researcher.
George Cunningham, professor of sport management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology and director of the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport, has found that the proportion of African-Americans hired as assistant football coaches is significantly less than the proportion of African-American players.
"For a...

Post date: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 6:00am

The best way to teach is to teach what you know. This summer, 13 Texas middle and high school teachers traveled to China in an effort to get to know the people, history and culture.
The 31-day trip was supported by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program and included teachers from all over the state. The excursion was led by Lynne Masel Walters, associate professor of culture, curriculum and instruction in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, and Martha Green,...

Students from the Department of Health & Kinesiology's teacher certification program traveled to Mary Branch Elementary and Neal Elementary schools in Bryan to promote safety for children.
The students created ten minute interactive lessons to advocate safe practices. Topics discussed were what to do when home alone, stranger danger, as well as newer concerns such as password safety while using the internet. The elementary students were also participated in activities, including...

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