Sleep and Nutrition

July 21, 2014

Sleep1Have you been concerned about the lack of sleep that you have been getting lately? Well it could be attributed to the types of foods that you are eating before bedtime. Healthy People.gov reports that poor health is a common problem with more than 25% of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of 30 days.  In addition, your body may be slightly allergic to certain foods and this could also contribute to insomnia. According to Yahoo Voices, “Coffee, soda, chocolate, desserts and spicy foods can all be considered culprits behind your night waking”.   Some of the most common foods known to cause insomnia/lack of rest (that could also be an allergen) are chocolate, wheat, corn and dairy.

Research has also suggested that Chinese food, which often contains a stimulant called MSG, may be a contributor to insomnia as well as food that is typically difficult for your body to digest or causes gas like; garlic, cabbage, beans, and broccoli. Live Strong.com also adds that alcohol, sugary foods, and tomato products are among the list of foods that could keep you up all night.

Healthy People.gov also reports that adequate sleep is necessary to:

  • Fight off infection
  • Support the metabolism of sugar to fight off diabetes
  • Perform well in school
  • Work effectively and safely

If you are experiencing sleepless nights keep track of the foods that you consume during the day to determine those items you may want to steer clear of.

Remember…make healthy choices at Dinner today!

 

Don’t forget to register for the Pathway to Total You Wellness Health Conference. The event will take place on September 24, 2014. Click here:  www.pvamu.edu/pvwellness

 

DanielleHairstonGreen

By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

Visit us online at www.pvamu.edu/cahs

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Nutrition and Leadership!

June 17, 2014

What’s On Your Plate? (June Edition)

 

What choices are you making today that will influence the decisions of our students here on campus?

The rising obesity rates and the prevalence of harmful weight management strategies employed by college students, have peaked the curiosity of researchers. In fact, The American College Health Association (2005) in a national college health assessment gathered data which suggest that

Get excited about your influence!!

Get excited about your influence!!

stress is the number one reported health impediment to students’ academic performance, with depression and anxiety ranked number five. That same assessment revealed that over 15,000 of the 56,637 student’s surveyed were overweight or obese.

As high school students change over into the semi-independent lifestyle of college life they are faced with the added responsibility of making choices that could have a profound impact on their physical, mental, and nutritional health.  Jackson, Tucker and Herman (2007)  supports that college students are “challenged with greater autonomy, new demands and stressors associated with a different structure to daily life” (p. 69). It is believed that understanding the factors that encourages or discourages certain health practices of college students, and the individuals that have the greatest influences could reveal the key to student’s nutritional health behaviors.

Albert Bandura’s Social learning theory suggests that people learn indirectly, by observing and modeling others with whom they may identify with the most. According to Horacek, Betts, and Rutar (1996), “college students’ most used source for nutritional information is their family and peer group” (p. 353). Similarly, a study conducted by  Greaney et al. (2009) of 115 college students suggests that there are interpersonal-level barriers to healthful weight management, indicating that other individuals behaviors are influential factors to ‘what and when’ college students eat (p. 283).

Members of Tuesday Terrifics. Staff and Faculty making healthy choices!

Members of Tuesday Terrifics. Staff and Faculty making healthy choices!

In addition, The Theory of Reasoned Action, developed by Fishbein and Ajzen, states that the intention of a person to adopt a recommended behavior is determined by the person’s subjective and normative viewpoint based on what others think he or she should do, and whether important individuals approve or disapprove the behavior. Budd, Beiker, & Spencer (1982) and Towler & Shepherd (1992) support this theory in their respective studies, which indicate that a person’s attitude and subjective norms are both predictors of individuals consumptions and/or use of unhealthy substances and/or foods.

Campus leadership is an important aspect of helping freshman students as they change over into a semi independent living situation; moving from the comforts of home to an environment where they must manage their lives without the direct input of family and/or caretakers.  Leadership is also important in modeling health behaviors for students, especially on the college campus which could perpetuate overconsumption of unhealthy foods. This is due to the ease of accessibility to foods that are not enriched with nutritional benefits (Strong, Parks, Anderson, Winett & Davy, 2008). These health behaviors could be any action taken by a person to maintain, attain or regain good health and to prevent illness.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), schools [including colleges and universities] can have a significant impact on the nutritional health behaviors that are changed or developed by our children and our young adults. Our University provide students with opportunities to explore a variety of meals and physical health choices. These students spend much of their waking hours interacting with us, those they may consider leaders, and in the classrooms where the greatest amount of influence of their nutritional health decisions are made. Leaders can become the change agent to support healthier decisions among campus students by practicing healthier choices; make the right decision.

 

DanielleHairstonGreen

By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

Visit us online at www.pvamu.edu/cahs

 

 

Reference:

Greaney, M.L., Less, F.D., White, A.A., Dayton, S.F., Riebe, D., Blissmer, B., Shoff, S.,Walsh, J.R., & Greene, G.W. (2009). College Students’ barriers and enablers for healthful weight management: A qualitative study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41(4), 281-286.

Horacek, T.M., Betts, N.M., & Rutar, J. (1996). Peer nutrition education programs on college campuses. Society for Nutrition Education, (28)6, 353-357.

Jackson, E.S., Tucker, C.M. & Herman, K.C. (2007). Health value, perceived social support, and health self-efficacy as factors in a health-promoting lifestyle. Journal of American College Health, 56(1), 69-74. doi: 10.3200/JACH.56.1.69-74.

Strong, K.A., Parks, S.L., Anderson, E., Winett R., & Davy, B.M. (2008). Weight gain prevention: identifying theory-based targets for health behavior change in young adults. Journal of American Dietetic Association, 108, 1708-1715.

Towler, G. & Shepherd, R. (1992). Modification of fishbein and ajzein’s theory of reasoned action to predict chip consumption. Food Quality and Preference, 3, 37-45

 

 


Are you on the path?

May 27, 2014

What’s On Your Plate (May Edition)

The Pathway To Total You Wellness 2014

A corporate wellness program is an essential tool to empower staff to participate in activities that will help in the prevention or intervention of an illness and disease while taking charge of their overall health.  In 2013, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) implemented the Campus Wide Wellness initiative that is cost saving and will increase productivity with just a few simple projects that promote healthier lifestyles.  Image

The Campus Wide Wellness Initiative is an investment in Prairie View A&M University’s most valuable asset; our staff and faculty. According to Infinite Wellness Solutions, “studies have shown that employees are more likely to be on the job and performing well when they are in optimal physical and psychological health. PVAMU staff, students and faculty are  more likely to be attracted to, remain with, and value an employer that appreciates them” (para. 4).

In addition, by investing in corporate wellness programs, PVAMU will be helping the United States achieve its three two major Healthy People 2020 worksite goals:

Physical Activity: Increase the proportion of employed adults who have access to and participate in employer-based exercise facilities and exercise programs.

Immunization and Infectious Disease: Increase the proportion of children and adults who are vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza.

Tobacco Use: Reduce tobacco use by adults

This year the Campus Wide Wellness Initiative will initiate the first Annual Pathway to Total You Wellness Health Conference. The health conference will take place on September 24, 2014 on the main campus and it will be an all-day affair; fabulous workshop presenters, refreshments, door prizes, lunch (limited seating) will be provided. Vendors will be  available to educate the faculty, staff and students on topics such as natural hair, organic foods, medicinal plants, physical health, mental health, parenting, financial health, stress, relationships, and chronic & infectious disease.

Participants receiving information about dental care.

Participants receiving information about dental care.

The wellness initiative is year round and will include 20 Total You Wellness workshops a semester which will be facilitated at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center,  PVAMU College of Nursing, the Waller County Library, and the PVAMU main campus in the area of nutrition, physical, mental, technology, and financial health. PVAMU Office of Human Resources will send out weekly health fact sheets as well as manage and implement three health fairs, and the College of Agriculture and Human Science Cooperative Extension Program will provide a monthly health blog for your review and entertainment.

In addition, Auxiliary and Recreational sports will be hosting Tuesday Terrifics at noon which is an opportunity for faculty staff and students to gather for a quick round of recreational fun. Zumba, boot camp, Insanity Workout, the running 5k club and resistance Training will also be available to faculty staff and students throughout the year and much more.

So, are you on the right path? Come join us in 2014!

 

Reference:

NIFA: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/healthandwellness.cfm

Infinite Wellness Solutions

DanielleHairstonGreen

By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

Visit us online at www.pvamu.edu/cahs


Senior Citizens Get Techy With IT!!

April 23, 2014
Participants and Panthers United Members pose for a picture!

Participants and Panthers United Members pose for a picture!

The Waller County Citizens Assistance Coalition (WCCAC) has been conducting computer basics classes at the Waller County Public Library in Hempstead, TX. Participants are a diverse group of residents and have been in attendance at the weekly sessions. These participants have computer experiences ranging from no experience to moderately knowledgeable and owning laptops, tablets and other electronic devices. Computer Basics sessions have been held weekly from March 20th and will continue until the end of April.

As a part of the ‘Senior Tech Initiative’, Panthers United collaborated with WCCAC to assist with providing this much needed senior service. Panthers United is a Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) recognized student organization that is supported by the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. Panthers United created the ‘Senior Tech Initiative’ as an opportunity for students to bridge generational gaps while supporting Senior Citizens and mature adults in their journey to understand how to conquer the stress of using basic technology.

Students help participant understand how to use Microsoft Word.

Students help participant understand how to use Microsoft Word.

The first ‘Senior Tech’ event was held on April 15, 2014, in the Carden Waller Extension Building at PVAMU. The Senior Tech Subcommittee volunteers provided one on one support to each of the participants in attendance at the Waller County Library as well as at the PVAMU session location. Some of the issues that challenged the seniors were: sharing photos between smart phones, understanding how to organize Apps on the Kindle Fire, exploring the benefits of Groupon App, setting up a Google email account, and connecting email accounts to their smart phones devices, as well as learning a few basic skills related to operating the Microsoft Word office tool.

Panthers United member assists participant with smart phone.

Panthers United member assists participant with smart phone.

 “I truly enjoyed the session. The students were friendly and patient and I learned more than I thought I could. I look forward to future sessions”. ~ Senior Participant

Ms. Danielle Hairston Green, Extension Specialist (FCS) at PVAMU is providing the leadership & service learning projects for the students. If you or someone you know is interested in attending please contact the Waller County Library at (979)732-6281 or Panthers United Senior Tech Initiative at (936)261-5118 or register at seniortech.eventbrite.com. Please bring your laptop or tablet computer to the session, if you have one, although this is not a requirement.

Written in collaboration with Mr. LaVaughn Mosley of the Waller County Citizens Assistance Coalition

DanielleHairstonGreen

By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

Visit us online at www.pvamu.edu/cahs


25% of College Students Infected??

April 4, 2014

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Panthers United is a campus recognized student organization, supported by the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS). The organization’s primary focus is to exemplify leadership while impacting the lives of limited resource families through support and service to Prairie View A&M University and the local community. Panthers United has undergone several major transitions over the years. It has recently elected new leadership as well as a new advisor; a Program Specialist within the CAHS. In the past three semesters, Panthers United has accomplished many programming and service goals. Currently, the organization is in the process of planning their activities for the 2014-2015 school year. Programs of interest for next year include a reading program with Jones Elementary School and free technology classes for senior citizens.

Alexandria and Gabrielle with STD Awareness Campaign.

Alexandria and Gabrielle with STD Awareness Campaign.

Did you know that 25% of college students in the U.S. are infected with an STD?

In collaboration with Prairie View Student Nurse Association, Panthers United, hosted an information booth referred to as “Candy and Condoms” in the Memorial Student Center on March 31, 2014. Student leaders, Gabrielle Scott, Committee Captain-Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness, and Alexandria Hall, Vice President, successfully guided the organization so that the booth attracted over 100 individuals. The information booth provided general STD education, resources for common STDs and prevention tips to reduce transmission. Recent statistics report that in the U.S., 25% of college students are infected with an STD. Sexually transmitted diseases on campus are becoming a major problem and the issue is not getting the coverage and attention that it deserves.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most common STD on college campuses is Chlamydia, Genital Herpes and Human Papillomavirus (HPV); when HPV does not go away, it can cause genital warts as well as cervical cancer. With nearly one in every 5 students infected with an STD on campus, it is important that student organizations, like Panthers United, to take the initiative and provide awareness and empower students to think twice before engaging in risky behaviors. Please take a moment to congratulate Panthers United for their continued efforts in supporting the CAHS vision of meeting needs and changing lives.

Click here to visit Panthers United on Facebook!

Click here to visit Panthers United on Facebook!

 

Remember: It’s not who you are but what you do that puts you at risk of contracting an STD

 

 

 

 

 

DanielleHairstonGreenBy Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

Visit us online at www.pvamu.edu/cahs


Prairie View Hosts Its First FFA Career Development Event

April 3, 2014

 

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On February 28, 2014, Prairie View A&M University hosted its first Future Farmers of America Career Development Event. Almost 700 high school students and several teachers from different high schools around Texas came to participate in the event.  FFA CDEs are events at which high school students can come learn valuable information regarding careers in the Agriculture field and skills that can make them more attractive to potential employers in a competitive job market. Career Development Events are also meant to show students how to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the “real world.”

The students get an opportunity to identify and resolve problems related to their specific area of study in Agriculture, and an opportunity to compete with like-minded peers. The participants took handwritten tests to assess their knowledge on different agriculture-related subjects. The students competed in activities, such as, poultry inspection in which they were tasked with grading raw chickens based on their appearance and rating the chickens by class. The participants competed in several other career-related activities, such as: Home site evaluation, land evaluation, wildlife evaluation, extemporaneous public speaking, prepared public speaking, veterinary tech, nursery landscape, and farm management.  Prizes were given to the winners of each category.

After a long day roaming around PVAMU’s campus, the students were able to take away key information and skills that will help them in their future careers and endeavors. The faculty and staff at CAHS enjoyed working with the FFA students and teachers and look forward to doing so again in the future.


Extension, Edgewood ISD ‘shoe’ their generosity to Title 1 students

February 17, 2014

Elementary, middle and high school students from Title 1 schools in the Edgewood Independent School District received an early Christmas present thank to the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Edgewood ISD.

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Elementary school children from the Edgewood ISD in San Antonio try on their new shoes during the Great Zapato Roundup

Fifty-six pairs of new tennis shoes, donated by AgriLife Extension, Prairie View A&M College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, the Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program 4-H and Youth Development advisory committee, Bexar County Master Gardeners and area 4-H clubs, were distributed to students from throughout the Edgewood ISD the evening of Dec. 19. Distribution took place in the cafeteria of Emma Frey Elementary, 900 S. San Eduardo Ave. in San Antonio, where more than 200 students and family members had assembled for the free shoe giveaway. Additionally, many gift cards for purchasing new shoes were donated by Edgewood District Alumni Association and the Compadres for Scholarships program.

“Many students in the Edgewood ISD are in need of new shoes and these donated tennis shoes will be a useful and practical early Christmas gift for those students,” said Desiree Rucker, Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program 4-H and Youth Development agent for Bexar County. “Extension promotes physical activity as a means of improving youth health and well-being, so providing tennis shoes was also a true ‘rubber meeting the road’ incentive for getting more young people to exercise.”