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Five Resolutions to Improve Your Health

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Two CHS professors, Lori Neighbors (Human Movement Sciences) and Scott Strath (Human Movement Sciences), offer suggestions on creating a healthier you in 2011.

  1. Rediscover the family meal (preferably at the table, not in the car)
    "We live extremely busy lives and don't spend as much time in the kitchen," said Neighbors, whose specialty is nutrition. Thankfully, the bookstore shelves and the Internet are full of quick and healthy recipes that can be incorporated into the busiest family's day. She recommends getting the whole family involved in meal preparation. Another tip is to spend time on Sundays to plan the meals for the week.
  2. Stick to the periphery of the grocery store and don't shop when hungry
    Neighbors said, "Think about it...generally this is where all the fresh foods are, e.g., fruits and vegetables. This tip will be easier to adopt when you are not walking around the store on an empty stomach. In most instances, growling hunger pains lead us straight to the unhealthy food choices in the grocery store."
  3. Downsize your plate
    Try using salad plates or eight-inch plates instead of large dinner plates at mealtimes. "A four-ounce portion of lean chicken or fish looks like a nice-sized serving on an eight-inch plate, but looks akin to a meager appetizer on a 12-inch plate," pointed out Neighbors.

Strath, an expert in the areas pf physical activity and public health, stated "physical activity - whether it's walking the dog or just taking the stairs at work - is essential to good health. The benefits of an active lifestyle add up: improved cholesterol, overall physical fitness, reduced body fat and lower levels of stress and depression."

  1. Move it or lose it
    "Whenever possible, walk. Just 30 minutes a day, five or more days a week will help you make walking a natural part of your life," said Strath. "Call a friend and start exploring your neighborhood on foot. You don't have to do all 30 minutes at once - try breaking it up into three 10 minute walks spread throughout the day."
  2. Make walking a part of your life
    "You don't have to set aside extra time for walking," said Strath. "If you have to drive, park three blocks away to get in a little more activity. Try taking the stairs, rather than the elevator. Set a goal of walking for 10 minutes prior to eating your lunch every day."

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Congratulations to our December Grads!

Jeri-Ann Lyons (BMS), Kamaldeen Muili, Mark Cole and Roger O. Smith (OST)
Jeri-Ann Lyons (BMS), Kamaldeen Muili, Mark Cole and Roger O. Smith (OST)
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UWM held its Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 19, and among the over 2,200 graduates were 71 proud students from the College of Health Sciences who received their diplomas. Present were 31 undergraduates and 40 graduate students, some of whom already finished in August. Especially pleased were the two newest Ph.D.s. in Health Sciences, Kamaldeen Muili and Mark Cole. Congratulations to all!

2011 CHS Calendar is Out

2011 CHS Calendar
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The new 2011 eye-catching College of Health Sciences calendar, which features a wide spectrum of events, research and activities here at the College, has been distributed.

The month of January story is only one example of all the exciting things taking place at the College.

CHS Professor Honored for a Significant Research Career
Margaret Duncan, Ph.D., professor, Human Movement Science Department, received the 2009 UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Award. She was recognized for her long history of significant contribution to her field of research.
Duncan studies media depictions of women's bodies and body practices. In particular, she has examined how body ideals are subtly created and reproduced through certain features of photographs and written text in popular magazines. She also has studied the intersections of race, class and gender, and how they shape one's experience of one's body. Of special interest is how these social factors interact to affect body image, body ideals, and body culture.
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She said, "I find research on the body to be endlessly fascinating. There is nothing more intimate, nor more significant than our embodied experience and the social conditions that construct it."
A recent research topic is the social construction of fat and an analysis of "the obesity epidemic" as a "moral panic." Currently she is analyzing contradictory diet discourses, "diet doubletalk," in fitness and beauty magazines. For example, how to lose weight, while at the same time feeling confident about one's body and accepting it the way it is.
Duncan is a former president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), a former president of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) and a past editor of the scholarly journal, Play & Culture.
She was one of several authors of the 1997 President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Report and its follow-up report in 2008, and has co-authored five research reports investigating televised portrayals of female athletes for the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE) and was and currently serves on the advisory board of The Women's Sports Foundation.
CHS Human Movement Sciences Professor and Chair, Barbara Meyer, Ph.D., said of her, "Professor Duncan's passion for discovery and concomitant desire to facilitate in students an appreciation for the practical implications of her research make her an exemplar for all faculty at UWM."

Calendars were mailed to CHS faculty and staff, alumni and friends. If you would like a copy, contact Cheri Dziekan Chapman at or 414-229-3225.

Rhyner Appointed New Associate Dean

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Dean Chukuka Enwemeka announced the appointment of Dr. Paula Rhyner as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Health Sciences (CHS), effective January 7, 2011.

Rhyner, Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has served as Interim Associate Dean for Research since September 2008.

As an accomplished scholar, she has had continuous extramural funding for her research and teaching activities for over 20 years. Throughout her career at UWM, she has had a strong focus on integrating scholarship, teaching and service activities, and on incorporating an interdisciplinary collaborative model within those activities.

Her ability to forge collaborations with academic and community partners to build research teams with similar scholarly goals has resulted in presentations, publications and successful grant proposals for new and innovative lines of research.

She has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students, encouraging their individual research interests and including them in her own work. As Interim Associate Dean for Research, Rhyner championed the research efforts of the faculty and staff of the college, and played a significant role in identifying initiatives that further the growth of funded research in the college.

As the new Associate Dean, she will play a vital role in facilitating and fostering graduate education and sponsored research in the College.

Dean Enwemeka thanked Dr. Roger O. Smith (OST) for his excellent service as Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

For a full version of the Dean's announcement, go to the CHS Web site at

PLEASE NOTE: The following abbreviations are used for CHS departments: Athletic Training (AT), BioMedical Sciences (BMS), Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS), Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), External Relations and Communications (Ext. Rel.), Health Care Administration (HCA), Health Care Informatics (HCI), Human Movement Sciences (HMS), Occupational Science and Technology (OST), Office of Student Services (OSS) and Physical Therapy (PT).

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Volume 2, Issue 2
January 14, 2011

Important Dates

UWinteriM Classes

January 3 - 20

CHS Faculty Research Forum

Wednesday, January 19
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Enderis Hall, Room 103

Dr. Andrew S. Greene
Director, MCW Biotechnology & Bioengineering Center

Dr. Rachel Schiffman
Director, UWM Clinical & Translational Science Research Support Office

"Collaborations and Technology Sharing Within the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program"

RSVP to Bev Gehring at or 414-229-5663 by 01/17/2011

Spring Classes Begin

Monday, January 24

Faculty and Staff Activities

Hong Yu
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Hong Yu (HCI) gave a presentation, "Data and Language Processing and Personalized Medicine," on January 6 as part of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center Seminar Series at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

She also has been invited by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for its annual Training Conference this June to be on a "Stars of NLM Training" panel. As a former NML trainee, she will speak on her research, career goals and path and on career opportunities for biomedical informaticians.

Cheri Dziekan Chapman
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Cheri Dziekan Chapman (Ext. Rel.) attended the CASE V Conference in Chicago on December 12-14. CASE is the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, an international association of education advancement officers, including alumni administrators, fund raisers, public relations managers, publications editors and government relations officers. She attended sessions on social media, Web analytics and branding, among others.

Professional Appointments

Chukuka Enwemeka
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Dean Chukuka Enwemeka has been elected to the Curative Care Network Board of Directors. Curative is a nationally-known outpatient rehabilitation and human service organization that provides quality services to children, adults and seniors at community-based sites in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

CHS in the News

Ron Cisler
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Ron Cisler, director of the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH), was featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 7, 2010, on "Wisconsin's Health Ranking Declines." The full text can be read at

Victoria Moerchen
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Victoria Moerchen's (HMS) research focusing on infants with spina bifida was featured on the UWM homepage. To read the complete article, go to

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