Friday, June 14, 2013

IU Women’s Philanthropy Council awards grant to establish Rural Resource Center on Domestic and Interpersonal Violence

The Indiana University Women's Philanthropy Council will award grants totaling $124,730 to 12 schools or organizations affiliated with four IU campuses.

The awards range from $4,000 to $20,000 and will support projects that foster community outreach, career development, public health, student philanthropy, education and diversity at IU Bloomington, IUPUC, IUPUI and IU Southeast. There were 40 grant applicants from seven IU campuses.

The School of Public Health-Bloomington award will provide seed money to identify and secure funding to establish a Rural Resource Center on Domestic and Interpersonal Violence. The center will become a resource to rural communities, schools, law enforcement and social service providers in Indiana.

The mission of the center will be to provide professionals with the tools to implement evidence-based strategies and programs that support the prevention and management of domestic and interpersonal violence problems in their respective communities.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sustainability Course Development Fellowship awarded to IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Two Sustainability Course Development Fellowships have been awarded to Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of Sustainability.

This year's recipients are:
  • James Farmer, assistant professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, School of Public Health, "Planting the Seed: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture."
  • Rasul Mowatt, assistant professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, School of Public Health, "Foundations of Leisure."
Farmer's proposal will act as an introduction to the principles and practices of sustainable farming. It will be open to undergraduates and utilize service learning and field lab techniques.

Mowatt's proposal will aim to locate definitions of sustainability, public health and environmental justice; situate understanding of field experiences that reveal cases of environmental harm, health disparities and social exclusion; and promote activities that reflect a base knowledge of sustainability.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Workplace and financial stress lead to poor health choices

Dr. Jon Macy
Two studies from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington highlight the negative impact workplace and financial stress can have on health behaviors. The lead author urges workplace wellness and smoking cessation programs to consider such impacts as the economy sputters along.

A study published online in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that men and women who smoked daily reported that their smoking increased when conflict from work affected their home life. Women also reported the inverse: increased smoking when home conflict affected their work.

A second study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine looked at health behaviors practiced by almost 4,000 men and women before and after the recession began in 2008. Health behaviors, such as exercise and attention to nutrition, generally improved as the recession set in -- except for study participants who reported financial struggles.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

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