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Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Archive

Carbohydrate found in pistachio nuts and other foods impairs athletic performance

NCRC KANNAPOLIS—A recent study by David Nieman, DrPH, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, found that a special type of carbohydrate, raffinose, found in pistachio nuts and other foods reduced athletic performance when consumed prior to intense exercise.

STOP! DROP! & ROLL! 5K held July 5

BOONE—The Watauga County Firefighters Association is hosting the 2nd Annual Stop! Drop! And Roll! 5K run/walk Saturday, July 5. The fundraising event, open for all ages and fitness levels, will start at 8 a.m. at Boone Fire Department Station 2 located on State Farm Road.

Female participants sought for research related to arterial stiffness and high blood pressure

BOONE—Females between the ages of 50 and 75 are being sought for a research study at Appalachian State University related to arterial stiffness and high blood pressure.

Fundraiser April 12 to benefit Huntington’s disease research

BOONE—The 9th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk for Huntington’s Disease will be held Saturday, April 12, at the Boone Greenway. The event is sponsored by students in Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program.

Research shows taking vitamin D2 is a poor choice for athletes

BOONE—Power athletes and others looking for an edge to improve their performance should avoid taking vitamin D2.

Research conducted at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis showed that taking vitamin D2 supplements decreased levels of vitamin D3 in the body and resulted in higher muscle damage after intense weight lifting.

Research shows taking vitamin D2 is a poor choice for athletes

BOONE—Power athletes and others looking for an edge to improve their performance should avoid taking vitamin D2.

Research conducted at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis showed that taking vitamin D2 supplements decreased levels of vitamin D3 in the body and resulted in higher muscle damage after intense weight lifting.

A little exercise goes a long way to prevent disease in children

NC RESEARCH CAMPUS—Studies by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis prove that when kids increase their level of physical activity, they experience positive health benefits quickly. Benefits include less body fat, increased muscular strength and reduced risk factors for major diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic and lifestyle-related disorders.

Researchers track enhanced “leaky gut” effect of exercise

BOONE—In science, the pursuit to prove one hypothesis often leads to a different discovery.

Such was the case for researchers from Appalachian State University, Dole Food Company and N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute.

Appalachian offers physical education program for home schooled children

BOONE—The physical education program at Appalachian State University will offer its Home School Physical Education Program for the 2013-14 academic year.