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Why a shift from the traditional science track to public health and human sciences?

“Medical schools want diversity in their population,” Associate Head Advisor Carey Hilbert says. “They like seeing students who aren’t all coming from chemistry, biology and biochemistry. Yes, you need science, but the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) added new emphasis in psychology, psycho-social dimensions of health and medical ethics."

“Asking and identifying what physicians can do to prevent disease, and looking at their patients’ diet and exercise routines is an integral component of how physicians treat their patients,” Kinesiology alumni Ryan O’Neal, BS ’12 says. “Exercise prescription is vital to preventing disease, and having the knowledge gained from a degree from the CPHHS puts an aspiring physician at an advantage when it comes to improving the quality of life for their patients.”
An increasing number of student headed to medical school are choosing majors in the College of Public Health and Human Science.
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Competing Priorities: Partner-Specific Relationship Characteristics and Motives for #Condom Use Among At-Risk Young Adults


Condoms protect against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy and are essential to sexual health efforts targeting young adults, who are disproportionately affected by both outcomes. Understanding condom use motives is critical to increasing condom use. Research in this area is limited, particularly regarding the roles of partners and relationship factors. Using a longitudinal sample of 441 young adults and 684 reported partnerships we examined associations between relationship factors and condom use motives (pregnancy prevention, disease prevention, or dual protection). Simultaneous multilevel models identified variables associated with motives; level-specific models identified the levels (individual, partnership, time) variables impacted motives. Participants reported choosing condoms for pregnancy prevention, disease prevention, and dual protection in 51%, 17%, and 33% of partnerships, respectively. Partner-specific factors varied, to a differing degree, across the three levels. Seven variables (duration, condom self-efficacy, commitment, sexual decision-making, power, and vulnerability to harm [HIV/STIs] and pregnancy) distinguished condom use motives. The level of this association varied but was most pronounced at the partner and individual levels. Researchers and practitioners should consider the impact of both individual- and partner-level factors on condom use motives, in both research and sexual health programs.
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A combination of #nutrition education and simple and inexpensive changes in elementary school cafeterias can lead children to make healthier eating choices, new research from Oregon State University shows.

The findings indicate that an integrated approach to child nutrition in schools could help address a nationwide child #obesity epidemic. It also supports the “smarter lunchroom” movement that is gaining steam in school cafeterias around the country, said Stephanie Grutzmacher, an assistant professor of nutrition in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences

The goal of the smarter lunchroom concept is to encourage kids to make better food choices through subtle changes in the cafeteria.
A combination of nutrition education and simple and inexpensive changes in elementary school cafeterias can lead children to make healthier eating choices, new research from Oregon State University shows.
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So true! Nutrition is too often overlooked
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One of their main assignments was to create Instagram posts and a photo essay for each of their three classes.


Led by CPHHS Assistant Professor Stephanie Grutzmacher and Head Advisor Shannon Foley, the students traveled through the city looking at public health challenges, including social determinants of health, health inequity and health in low-income countries, broadening the students’ international perspectives.

“We were there during a difficult time for the UK,” Stephanie says. “The murder of Jo Cox, the surprising Brexit vote and subsequent political and economic fallout and uncertainty; and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme, one of the UK’s deadliest days in war. In a lot of ways, the challenges the British people face in deciding what their future will now hold mirror many of our own in the United States.”

#studyabroad #globalhealth

Six College of Public Health and Human Sciences students not only studied abroad in London for three weeks and earned nine public health credits this summer, they were also a part of history in the making.
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CPHHS's Associate Professor Deborah John found that in rural areas of Oregon, children entering kindergarten have #obesity rates right around the national average. By the time they reach sixth grade, the percentage of kids overweight or obese reaches almost 40%. Why?
Read the article to see what she found during a five-year study she recently completed work on.

Why should we care?
Consider these reasons:

Obesity rates have nearly tripled in Oregon since 1990, disproportionately affecting minority and rural residents as well as individuals with less education or lower income.

Obesity accounts for some 1,500 deaths in Oregon each year, making it the state’s second leading cause of preventable death, trailing only tobacco.

Chronic conditions linked to obesity, including diabetes and heart disease, cost the state about $1.6 billion a year.
Oregon’s obesity rate hit 30.1 percent in 2015, the highest adult obesity rate of any state west of the Rockies, according to a report released Thursday by a pair of health care foundations.The State of Obesity report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that half of U.S. states now have obesity rates of more than 30 percent, including four states in the South with rates of more than
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+Matthew Peale yep. For many it is - but healthy living comes at a premium that not all can afford - or that many don't know how to take advantage of.
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Doctoral student Mara Nery-Hurwit recently defended her dissertation research on this topic and is eager to continue work in this area. Mara’s dissertation was accepted, and she successfully earned her Ph.D. in Movement Studies in Disability.

“We found that self-compassion is positively linked to physical activity and predicts engagement with physical activity through improving an individual’s self-determined motivation,” Mara says.
Having self-compassion – simply being kind to yourself – can help motivate individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and promote healthy behaviors such as physical activity.
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Understanding the reasons that sexual partners use #condoms – for pregnancy prevention, disease prevention, or both – is critical to increasing their use, especially among young adults who are considered most at risk, researchers say.
The characteristics of a person’s relationship, including commitment and partner-specific risk factors, affect the choice of whether or not to use condoms, according to new research from Oregon State University.
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Oregon State University’s physical education requirement strives to create lifelong fitness habits.

In 1920, almost all U.S. colleges had physical education requirements. By 1970, it was about 70 percent. In 2013, CPHHS kinesiology professor Brad Cardinal and his colleagues published a study that found that number had plummeted to about 40 percent.

Oregon State University is included in the 40 percent, requiring undergraduate students to take three fitness credits as part of its Baccalaureate Core curriculum. Students take Lifetime Fitness for Health (HHS 231) for two credits and choose from a variety of Physical Activity Courses (PAC) for one credit.
In 1920, almost all U.S. colleges had physical education requirements. By 1970, it was about 70 percent. In 2013, CPHHS kinesiology professor Brad Cardinal and his colleagues published a study that found that number had plummeted to about 40 percent.
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“The thing that stood out most about working with Eric was his ability to inspire and motivate those around him with his enthusiasm and understanding of the work that needs to be done to move health care forward,” Katie says.

Eric Dishman is the keynote speaker at the +Portland Business Journal's Health Care of the Future event held Sept. 15, 2016. The CPHHS is a gold sponsor, and incoming Dean F. Javier Nieto will provide opening remarks.
Not many interns get to literally sit across the desk from an internationally known expert and local health care legend, but not every intern is Katie Anthony. Not only did the doctoral student learn from former Intel executive Eric Dishman, she also landed her dream job as a result.
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“I couldn’t do it alone. I’m part of an amazing team,” she says. “The school heads are phenomenal and support the internship program. The other internship coordinators and everyone in the advising office are all so important to the process.”
Karen Elliott asks students to look within themselves and pinpoint what makes them wake up excited to go to work as she prepares them for internships in Oregon and beyond.
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Do you have what it takes to be crowned the 2016 GridIron Chef?
#tailgating #recipe #GoBeavs #BeaverNation
The call for recipes for this year’s GridIron Chef Contest and 5K Fun Run event is now open. You have until October 24 to submit your best nutritious and tailgate friendly recipe. You only need to submit the recipe – not a prepared dish.
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Happy September!
(yeah... it's here too soon for us too)
Be sure to check out the lasted from Veronica Royce - our Alumni Relations Director. 
What better way to celebrate fall than with a healthy tailgate? The college is looking for original, healthy tailgate recipes for the 2016 GridIron Chef Contest. Enter your recipe before October 24 and you could win prizes that include Beaver football tickets and Bob’s Red Mill prize packs and gift cards. You only need to submit a recipe, not a prepared dish. Our expert food and nutrition judging panel will recreate your recipes and select the fi...
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Lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family, every community.
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Lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family and every community guides the work of our distinguished faculty and extraordinary students. We are responding to the most challenging public health issues facing us today, focusing on prevention strategies to promote health across the lifespan, from healthy children to healthy aging. We are teaching, conducting pioneering research and delivering outreach programs that address optimal nutrition for health, overcoming poverty and hunger, changing inactive lifestyles, improving the lives of children and older adults at-risk, preventing disease, addressing public policy and access to healthcare, and maximizing environmentally friendly materials and structures. 

Inspired by our mission as a leading land-grant university, we create synergy in teaching, research, and outreach to develop the next generation of globally minded public health and human sciences professionals. Through interdisciplinary research and innovative curricula, we advance knowledge, policies and practices that improve population health in communities across Oregon and beyond.

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