Harold Jones Donna Martin Carleton RiversDonna S. Martin, a 1977 graduate of what was then the UAB Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics program, is the UAB School of Health Professions’ 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Martin becomes only the 48th person to earn the highest honor awarded to our alumni – a number that is even more impressive when you consider we have more than 18,000 graduates in our history.

Yenni Cedillo

Yenni Cedillo, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ PhD in Nutrition Sciences program, earned a poster award from the Research in Diverse Population Section of The Obesity Society (TOS).

Cedillo’s abstract was part of the 7th annual Diversity Tour which is designed to highlight work in the field of obesity that includes a focus on diverse populations. For the honor, she was also invited to deliver an oral presentation about her poster, titled “Differences in Allostatic Load by Length of Residence and Gender among Foreign-born Hispanics,” at the TOS conference held in Washington, D.C.

Two School of Health Professions’ faculty members were honored with the UAB Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award. Paula Chandler-Laney, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Ferhat Zengul, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, earned the honor for exceptional work with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows during a ceremony April 2, 2018.

Each was asked what makes mentoring graduate students and postdocs special as well as what they learned.

For Chandler-Laney – the lesson was to keep it upbeat.

“Lead your group with a positive and optimistic attitude. Help your students rephrase their weaknesses and disappointments as opportunities to grow. Model this for them; be honest about the challenges of choosing an academic path, but teach them how to find the training and support they need to overcome any challenges they face.”

(Reuters Health) - - For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say.

Gardening may help cancer survivorsPossibly as a result of these healthy behaviors, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to their counterparts on a waiting list for the gardening intervention, the study team reports.

It’s estimated there are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the U.S., over two thirds of whom are over age 60, they note in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“For cancer survivors, especially those who are older, we look for lifestyle changes that can help them get healthier but are also holistic and have meaning,” said lead author Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, chair of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“We can send people to the gym, but that isn’t meaningful, and we can counsel them to eat better, but we want it to be more rewarding, and we want it to be long-term,” Demark-Wahnefried told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “With gardening, we’ve hit the ball out of the ballpark.”

LauraRogersACSM congratulates newly elected officers and trustees, who will begin their duties at the conclusion of the board meeting at ACSM's 65th Annual Meeting, 9th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Muscle Hypertrophy and Atrophy, May 29-June 2 in Minneapolis. See the 2018 ACSM Election Results.