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Pokémon GO’s worldwide release one year ago sent crowds hiking through parks, meandering into streets and walking for miles in search of Pokémon, those cute little digital characters that appear in real locations on your smartphone.

We all know that we are supposed to exercise to reduce the risk of heart disease. But let’s face it, sometimes the only workout we get is walking from our office to the breakroom, and to the parking lot to drive home. So how then do we get the most out of those short walks? Kent State University researchers suggest putting the cellphone away – it could help you pick up the pace.

Kent State University graduate student Elizabeth Michel has gained much – both professionally and personally – through her experience working on the Fit for Life Workshop.

Physical therapy is usually a component of treatment for patients of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative and motor system disorders.

Now, a Kent State University professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services has designed a piece of equipment that serves that purpose and sets the bar for exercise therapy higher.

Scholar of the Month
Cassandra Storlie
Assistant Professor  
College of Education, Health and Human Services
2013-present

Cassandra Storlie is an assistant professor in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences at the College of Education, Health and Human Services. She has built a research program that addresses important diversity issues.

The opportunity to travel abroad for the first time for some Kent State University students came through a summer internship program in Florence, Italy. 

“I had been waiting for an opportunity to travel abroad,” said Andrea Sutton, a Kent State hospitality management student. “And now I’ve been able to fulfill my dream, and it was everything I imagined and more.”

In an office nestled inside Kent State University’s Nixson Hall, you can hear the voice of a third grade student coming from a computer screen.

“Beach ball,” says the voice from Greenfield Exempted Village Schools in Greenfield, Ohio.

Soon after, in the screen directly below, Kent State graduate student Lauren Ledzianowski responds with, “Yes, beach ball! Very good.”

 

Have too much stress? There is an app for coping.

Researchers from Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences worked together to develop an app that not only measures stress levels in teenagers, but also teaches them how to manage anxiety.

The app gathers data in real time using two teen favorites: technology and music.

 

 

Scholar of the Month
Gregory Smith
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
College of Education, Health and Human Services
2001-present