IU study finds activity trackers can work when paired with wellness coaching

With the holiday shopping season upon us and a new year just around the corner, many people will begin looking for ways to move more and eat less. Some of those people will turn to activity trackers to help them achieve their goals. While critics have debated the effectiveness of activity trackers, a recent study […]

Indiana Prevention Resource Center efforts helped screen 78,000 Hoosiers for risks associated with alcohol and substance use

Five years ago, the Indiana Prevention Resource Center and the Indiana State Division of Mental Health and Addiction received an $8.3 million grant to integrate screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment — an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic alcohol and drug use — into primary health care centers across the […]

IU experts and public safety officer give their takeaway on the Pokémon Go phenomenon

Although you might not know exactly what a Pokémon is, by now most people have heard of the wildly popular Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that exploded on the scene early this month. Throughout the country, people of all ages are hitting the streets, cellphones in hand, attempting to catch virtual creatures known as […]

Debby Herbenick elected president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Debby Herbenick, director of IU’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion and associate professor in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, has been elected president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Herbenick, who will start her tenure July 1, is the first person from IU to hold this position in the […]

IU expert encourages everyone to revisit safe water practices before heading into summer

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many families are preparing for a three-day weekend full of gatherings, cookouts and relaxation. For some, that will include activities in or around water. While there can be nothing more fun, or refreshing, than splashing around a pool or a lake, it’s important to take the time […]

IU health experts welcome new FDA rules for e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that e-cigarettes will be subjected to rules and regulations previously imposed on tobacco cigarettes, including a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors. That is welcome news to some Indiana University health experts who cite the lack of research on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes and concerns about the […]

IU Bloomington hosting first National Symposium on Parks and Recreation in Public Health

Experts from across the nation will travel to the Indiana University Bloomington campus Feb. 10 to 12 for the first National Symposium on Parks and Recreation in Public Health. “The vital role that parks and recreation play in promoting and improving national public health will be the centerpiece of this symposium, which is the first […]

IU health policy expert Beth Meyerson among panelists at upcoming legislative conference

Throughout the past year, addiction and its related pitfalls have been on the minds of health care professionals, experts, educators and the public. Scott County faced a major crisis when HIV cases skyrocketed because of intravenous drug use. Needle exchange programs have popped up in three counties since, and the state continues to find ways […]

IU School of Public Health student creates self-examination curriculum for area schools

Samantha Ginther’s task started out simple: help the Olcott Center for Cancer Education update its breast and testicular cancer self-examination curriculum. A Master of Public Health student at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, Ginther originally set out to simply help the center — which taught a self-examination curriculum in area high schools — […]

Living Learning Center provides a community dedicated to students’ wellness

Indiana University freshman Gabe Nolley grew up actively participating in an array of sports including tennis, basketball and baseball. No longer an athlete, Nolley still hopes to turn his love of sports and active lifestyle into a career in either health fitness or sports programming. So when he came to IU Bloomington from Loogootee, Ind., […]