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Kent State Police Officer Anne Spahr, pictured here with K-9 Coco, was recognized as one of the 2017 Crisis Intervention Team Officers of the Year by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and the Portage County Police Chief’s Association. Police officers rarely find out how victims are doing after a crisis. In most crisis situations, they deal with the immediate threat and move on. But Kent State University Police Officer Anne Spahr recalls the moment when she knew she had saved a life. A young woman, who previously suffered from suicidal behavior, approached Officer Spahr at the...

DeWeese Health Center created a community garden focused on growing fresh produce, learning best-practice gardening techniques and managing stress through connection with nature. Kent State University’s DeWeese Health Center is on a mission to create a culture of wellness on campus that incorporates body, mind, spirit and financial well-being, as well as a sense of community. To this end, the DeWeese Health Center’s Wellness Committee recently accomplished one of its wellness initiatives of creating a community garden...

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illustration by Melissa Olson We’re all getting older—that is, if we’re lucky. Kent State experts share their advice on how to prepare for and make the most of our golden [Flash] years. By Lynette Lamb | Illustrations by Melissa Olson As Baby Boomers become senior citizens—and attempt to redefine that stage life as they’ve redefined previous ones—articles and...

Photo of Kent State University Cryotherapy Chamber. Kent State University Athletics is the first in the Mid-American Conference to provide student-athletes with a cryotherapy chamber. The therapy uses subzero temperatures, under 200 degrees Fahrenheit, to help muscles recover quickly. The department installed the chamber in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) Annex building in...

Kent State University employee Mark van ‘t Hooft presents at a lunch and learn to celebrate and recognize his achievements and commitment to the university’s wellness program. Mark van ‘t Hooft, Ph.D., electronic research administration support analyst in Kent State University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, took to the Netherlands for four days this summer and walked 125 miles in the largest multiday marching event in the world. A lunch and learn was recently hosted by the Division of Human Resources’...

Kent State employees pause to listen to Michael Bruder, executive director of facilities planning and design, during a Walk and Talk to learn about campus construction.  The Walk and Talk is one of Kent State’s wellness initiatives for employees. The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were recently announced and Kent State achieved silver-level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. The American Heart Association created the index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of...

Kent State University employees participate in the Lunchtime Rejuvenation Yoga session – a regular wellness offering on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A healthy campus starts with healthy employees. That is why you are encouraged to join TEAM KENT STATE as we embark on the inaugural launch of the On the Move University Challenge. This 12-week challenge begins Oct. 2 and provides Kent State University faculty and staff with a blue and golden opportunity to move more, sit less and become the Most...

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A Weighty Concern How can we halt the health hazard of childhood obesity? Kent State researchers weigh in on their latest findings.  By Michael Blanding The stock market fluctuates, hemlines go up and down, but one thing reliably keeps getting higher: the weight of American children. Since the 1970s, the percentage of kids in the United States who are classified...

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Photo by Melissa Olson As the heroin epidemic continues to make headlines and devastate communities across the country, Kent State sophomore public relations major Emelia Sherin found a way to help people better understand what’s going on, who is affected—and what we can do about it. By Emelia Sherin, as told to Jan Senn It all began because I was angry. In the...

Combating Antibiotic Resistance: A Policy Roadmap to Reduce Use of Medically Important Antibiotics in Livestock offers 11 core policy recommendations. Antibiotic resistance is a public health crisis that threatens the lives of millions of people around the world. Yet, according to a new report released Aug. 29, the U.S. policy response fails to adequately address this major challenge. The commission report was authored by 12 antibiotic resistance experts from the fields of infectious disease...