Race to register for Homecoming 5K

Colorado State University’s 100 Years of Homecoming celebration on Oct. 18 will get off to a healthy start with the annual Homecoming 5K Race at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers will gather at CSU’s iconic Oval to enjoy the fall color and get a jump on the full day of Homecoming festivities. The 34th annual race involves a flat course throughout campus for serious and novice runners and walkers, as well as a Kids Fun Run, led by CAM the Ram. The Homecoming Run is the eighth race in the 16th annual “Healthy Kids Run Series” sponsored by the Healthy Kids Club at University of Colorado Health. Kids who participate in four or more of the eight runs in the series earn prizes. Registration is available online. An early registration discount is available – the fee is only $20 before Friday, Oct. 10. Late registration is available for $25 until 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, when online registration closes. Race-day registration in person is available for $30 until 7:45 a.m. Registration includes a custom-designed, long-sleeved T-shirt featuring Aggie orange. Other registration locations include the Department of Health and Exercise Science at CSU, which sponsors the event and is located in the B-wing of Moby Gym, Room 220; Altitude Running, 150 E. Harmony Road, Unit 2C; and Runner’s Roost, 2720 Council Tree Ave., Suite 112. Proceeds from the race will benefit CSU’s Heart Disease Prevention Program, part of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory. The laboratory provides screenings to the public and specific professional groups, such as police officers and firefighters, for heart disease risk factors. Screenings include personal and family history, a maximal treadmill test, an examination by a physician, blood lipid analysis and body composition assessment, along with personally tailored results and counseling. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age division. A drawing for participant prizes will take place during the awards ceremony. Sponsors include CSU Youth Sport Camps, Re/Max Alliance, the CSU Bookstore, Poudre Valley Hospital, Triple Crown Sports, The Egg and I, Hewlett Packard, Eyecare Associates, the Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, Altitude Running, Gay and Karan Israel, Ren and Sharon Jensen, Barry Braun, Markley Motors, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, and Sam Cooper Design. The Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory and the Department of Health and Exercise Science are part of the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU.

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Volunteers sought for weight-loss study

[caption id="attachment_3427" align="alignright" width="300"]Curcumin root and turmeric powder Curcumin root and turmeric powder[/caption] A CSU researcher is seeking volunteers to participate in a study on a dietary supplement that may promote weight loss and improve control of blood sugar. In the study, being conducted by the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, participants will be given only natural ingredients: curcumin and alpha-lipoic acid. Volunteers should be 18-65 years old, weigh more than they desire, and/or have a fasting blood sugar (glucose) concentration greater than 100 mg/dL. Volunteers should not currently be using medications for weight loss or blood sugar control. Participants will receive financial compensation for time spent in the laboratory. They will be asked to exercise, undergo measures of metabolic rate (how many calories are burned) and blood sugar control, provide blood and muscle samples, and eat the small dietary supplement (capsules) daily for 12 weeks. The investigators in the study are Christopher Bell, a CSU associate professor of health and exercise science, and Sreejayan Nair, an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wyoming, where the collected tissue samples will be tested at the cellular level. The two-year study, which is funded by a National Institutes of Health program called IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence, ends next summer. The Department of Health and Exercise Science is in CSU's College of Health and Human Sciences. For more information, contact the lab at 970-491-3495 or physiology@cahs.colostate.edu. This protocol has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at CSU (Protocol# 13-4282H).

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New CSU exhibit draws inspiration from diverse cultures

Textile artworkGraduate students in Colorado State University’s Department of Design and Merchandising will show off their original textile designs in a new multicultural exhibit that debuts on Friday, Sept. 26, in CSU’s Gustafson Gallery. The textile items featured in the exhibit, Diversity in Textile Design: Works in Progress, were inspired by a diverse combination of cultures. Inspiration for the designs comes from West Africa, Western Saudi Arabia, and Victorian England, as well as from the world of microorganisms and the biodiversity of nature. Each of the textile designs was printed on silk using state-of-the-art digital textile printing technology. Color is a focal point in the exhibit, both from an ethnic culture perspective and as an aspect of digital design technology. Textile design provides a unique window through which to view diverse cultures and approaches to aesthetic beauty. Creating new textiles and clothing for exhibition, alongside the traditional ethnic sources of inspiration, provides an experience that engages students and the larger community in learning more about non-Western cultures, and has the potential to enhance appreciation for multiple cultural approaches to design. The exhibit opens Friday, Sept. 26, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The textile designers will be in attendance to interact with gallery viewers about their work. The Gustafson Gallery, part of the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is located in room 318 of the Gifford Building on Lake Street on the CSU campus. The Gallery is part of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 14.

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