The 12 Tips for Less Stress: Holiday Advice from the Experts
The science tells us that all this stress can take a toll on our bodies and long-term health, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We reached out to some of the educators and researchers we've interviewed over the course of the year and asked them how they de-stress.
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How to Prime Preschoolers for Success
The best programs teach kids language skills and focusing abilities through innovative, child-centered activities.
In many preschool classrooms in the U.S., children are asked to do little more than identify shapes and letters and sit quietly on rugs during story time. But a growing body of research is overturning assumptions about what early education can look like.
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Investing in Oregon's youth
There's no argument that today’s youth are our future. But how do we ensure Oregon youth are headed down the right path – a path that leads to healthy living, success and advancement? PHHS Professor and Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist Mary Arnold is working to find those answers. And she's doing so through a newly appointed position by Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber, serving as a member of the Oregon Youth Development Council.
So, you have gonorrhea. Who tells your ex?
Now, you might be wondering: Shouldn’t it be the patient’s job to notify ex-partners? ”People don’t necessarily do that,” says Jocelyn Warren, a public health researcher with the Hallie Ford Center at Oregon State University. Studies show that couples — especially young couples — don’t communicate about their sexual histories. (Surprise, surprise!) And telling an ex about an STD infection can be especially “difficult,” Warren says.
Does Medicaid make women and their infants healthier? OSU will find out
Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received a $1.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to evaluate how the health of low-income women and their infants is affected when more are eligible for Medicaid health care coverage on the Oregon Health Plan. “Oregon is an ideal state to conduct this study because of its ongoing commitment to Medicaid health care delivery for all and the commitment of state leaders to collaborate to ensure this program’s success,” said Marie Harvey, associate dean of research in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Hallie Ford Center.
OSU lands federal grant to study Medicaid
Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million from the Centers for Disease Control to study the health impact of opening the Oregon Health Plan to more people. The five-year study will evaluate how the health of low-income women and their infants is affected when more of them are eligible for Medicaid health care coverage, i.e., the Oregon Health Plan. The OSU team will be led by researchers in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Hallie Ford Center, including Marie Harvey, Jeff Luck, Jocelyn Warren and Jangho Yoon.
We need to invest in men: Guest opinion
A large body of scientific evidence in the United States is shouting. Its message is clear but politically and socially charged: We need to pay more attention to men. Rick Settersten, Endowed Director of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families talks about how our current society needs to focus more on the men of today and encourage men to "be more like women in their ambitions, achievements, choices, and work styles, and to actively design social policies to move men's lives in that direction."
Early Years Resource Guide for Parents
The Albany Democrat Herald's latest resource guide for parents highlights the expertise of several of the Hallie Ford staff. Megan MacDonald gives suggestions for adaptive activities for children with special needs as well as insight on how to cope with autism (pages 6-7). Denise Rennekamp comments on ways to be a positive influence on your children (page 9), and Kathy Gunter points out the importance of a healthy diet and proper exercise (page 19).
Get moving and "Activate the Alphabet!"
Students in Kathy Gunter’s EXSS 435 Physical Activity Promotion class learned about the importance of supporting parents and teachers in efforts to increase children’s physical activity levels. Watch a short video designed to help keep kids active at home and at school. The video was produced by students Bryan Crocker, Emily VanMeter, and Sophia Parker.
Clackamas County engAGE in Community program wins Priester Award
Researchers housed in the Hallie E. Ford Center, Assistant Professor Deborah John and graduate student Alinna Ghavami, were honored for employing a community-based and participatory research approach to study the interplay between healthy aging options in communities across Clackamas County.
OSU receives $4.7 million grant for obesity study
Nutrition specialists say the real challenge is getting teens to make the necessary lifestyle changes as they become young adults. ”If they do go to the fast food restaurant how do they make better choices even if other people aren’t,” says Melinda Manore, a Professor of Nutrition at OSU.
Keeping Kids Safe
Preventing house fires is important, especially in families with children – but there is growing evidence that flame retardant materials used broadly in furniture, electronics, and even toys, may create a new health threat.
Weighty Matters: More children obese in rural areas
Children living in rural areas are at a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese, and researchers at the Oregon State University Extension Service are about to launch a three-year program to find out why and figure out ways to change it.
Can Better Communication Reduce STD Rates Among Black Youth?
Researchers believe that if more adults — teachers, mentors and parents — would address the topic of STDs instead of shying away from it, young folks would listen and potentially be armed with the information they need to make better decisions when it comes to sex.
Healthy kids make good students
Estacada will become one of several testing grounds over the next three years as the Oregon State University Extension Service works to de-code how local communities influence child health and wellness.
Simon Says Don't Use Flashcards
Parents who want to stimulate their children’s brain development often focus on things like early reading, flashcards and language tapes. But a growing body of research suggests that playing certain kinds of childhood games may be the best way to increase a child’s ability to do well in school.
Worry More About Under-Involved Parents
Before we start lots of handwringing about parents and children today, let’s get a grip: If the 20th century American family were displayed in an animated flipbook, the first pages whizzing by would show large families with many children clustered on the margins, evolving to the present with just a few children situated at the center.
What families need to know about college debt
This weekend, members of the college class of 2012 in Oregon will throw their caps in the air in that springtime middle-class ritual. But there are some dirty secrets about college-going and college debt that Oregon families need to know, especially in the wake of recent announcements about rising tuition in our state.
Fatherhood could alter men's behavior
While many studies in the past decade have shown that a father's involvement can improve a child's well-being, newer research finds that becoming a father affects the men, too. New fathers exhibit hormonal changes and, in turn, alter their behavior, which suggests that having children influences men in far-reaching ways.
Comcast Newsmakers interviews Dr. Megan McClelland (YouTube)
Comcast Newsmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington is hosted by veteran journalist Ken Ackerman. It features informational discussions with local, state and federal elected officials as well as community, non-profit, education and civic leaders. It is a great way for residents in the community to find out about the people and issues that directly affect their lives.
Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families Grand Opening
On September 8, more than 150 friends and campus representatives gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families at Oregon State University. The center was made possible by the visionary gift of the late Oregon philanthropist, Hallie Ford.
Building collaboration: Hallie Ford Center aims to bring together research, practitioners
Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families aims to bring together research, practitioners. Rick Settersten walks through the interior of the new Hallie Ford Center, and he sees more than just builders working around glass and wood. He sees workers building spaces for collaboration that could help children and families throughout Oregon — and beyond — make healthier choices.