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Make A Difference By Walking

DMU will join the American Heart Association in celebrating National Walking Day! It’s a day to challenge ourselves and our nation to get heart healthy, get fit and fight the number one killer of Americans – Heart Disease. Come together and join DMU’s Wellness staff, in front of the academic center, and take steps toward […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: butternut squash ginger soup

It’s a given in most people’s minds that medical students take courses on biochemistry and nutrition. But according to the American Medical Association, very few medical schools teach students how to apply those lessons in the kitchen. At the same time, levels of obesity among adults and children and rates of largely preventable chronic disease […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tofu sesame almond cookies

I had the great pleasure last week of observing a nutrition/healthy cooking class taught in the University’s wellness center kitchen by David Spreadbury, Ph.D., chair of biochemistry and nutrition; Wayne Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and nutrition; and Joy Schiller, M.S., CHES, wellness program director. This very popular elective lets osteopathic medical students apply […]

— Barb Boose

An ounce of prevention: sitting is the silent killer

One day as my focus faded from studying, I thought about how much I had been sitting that day, and how many hours I spend sitting every day. After logging in eight hours of sleep (if I am lucky), I am left with 16 waking-hours. On average, I can tally nine of these hours in […]

— Chris Bolander

Bang your head, work your body

For a truly effective work-out, I think music is as important as a full water bottle and a good pair of tennis shoes. Music does more than take one’s mind off one’s burning muscles, though: Neuroscientist Robert Zatorre recently told National Public Radio’s Linda Wertheimer that music and exercise are linked. “Music has some kind […]

— Barb Boose

Dumping the plump

After the holiday season many people resolve to lose a little of that extra weight that was gained by eating one too many cookies. Are you one of those people? Well, then DMU has got the program for you – Dump Your Plump. Dump Your Plump is a 10-week team wellness challenge amongst the faculty, […]

— Nicole Branstad

Living a mission

As an institution that emphasizes high-quality health care education, health care services, preventive medicine and healthy lifestyles, Des Moines University demonstrates its values with its platinum-ranked wellness program. Did you know that DMU is the only college or university to achieve Platinum Well Workplace Certification in the United States? That’s a pretty impressive feat. DMU […]

— Nicole Branstad

Iowa’s healthiest state initiative

According to the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Iowa is #19 in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. As a state we know we can do better, so we plan to claim the #1 spot by 2016. This initiative to be the healthiest state in the U.S. kicks off next […]

— Nicole Branstad

Do a downward-facing dog

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designed September as National Yoga Month, a “national observance and grass roots awareness campaign to inspire a healthy lifestyle.” I’ve enjoyed yoga classes in DMU’s great wellness center and, let me assure you, yoga will make you very “aware” of your physicality. In a good way! […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tantalizing tempeh and chickpea curry

David Spreadbury, Ph.D., chair of the biochemistry and nutrition department, and Joy Schiller, director of DMU’s Wellness Center, teach a very popular healthy eating elective in the Wellness Center kitchen. These two heroes of health also periodically offer lunch-hour cooking demonstrations and discussions, such their session this week on incorporating plant-based dishes in one’s diet. […]

— Barb Boose

Get the wheels turnin’

  Tomorrow is official bike to work day, so dust off those spokes, pump up those tires and put on your padded shorts. Celebrate the nationally recognized day with bagels, coffee and juice at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. With the help of Urban Ambassadors, this will be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Walking at work whittles waistlines

According to a recent report on National Public Radio, researchers are beginning to suspect that even if you engage in regular exercise daily, it may not be enough to counteract the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day. That’s the bad news for most office-bound Americans, who sit for eight hours […]

— Barb Boose