The Pulse

Hello from the Dean: National Public Health Week

Last week, April 7-11th, was National Public Health Week and it was exciting to see the College of Allied Health celebrate this week-long event on campus. Our team of faculty, staff, and students did a fantastic job of planning the daily events which were designed to raise awareness about the broad aspects of public health. And a special thanks and recognition go to Grace Crosby, Morgan Miller, Mary Davidson, and Dr. Melissa Wigginton for their tremendous efforts!!

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 We have already posted other blogs related to the details of the week (please click around on this site to review the daily posts) so I won’t share all the specifics again. The purpose of my comments today relate to the vastness of public health and the opportunity to serve large populations of people with a desire to transform lives for the better. We are fortunate to be a part of an institution that teaches and encourages our students to ‘live their purpose’ and public health is one of the best ways to do this. From disaster relief to health education to physical activity to disease management and prevention, opportunities to serve are everywhere in public health.

So, as we launch our Bachelor of Science in Public Health and our Master’s Degree in Public Health in the fall semester of 2014 we are excited to know that these students and future public health professionals will be given the opportunity to live out their purpose by transforming lives. 


Charles D. Sands, PhD, MEd
Dean, College of Allied Health
Professor, Health Science

National Public Health Week: Take Action

National Public Health Week has finally come to an end, although we are sad to see it go; we had an incredible time spending it with you Lancers. We are so grateful we had the opportunity to inform you on different aspects of public health through the various activities centered around health this week. From disaster preparation, first aid, exercise safety, and nutrition we enjoyed it all. All of these aspects are equally vital to the health of a community. It is not too late to take action to promote better health; we can really be “The Healthiest Nation in One Generation.”

Take a Step today:

National Public Health Week: Get Out Ahead

Naturally anyone who plays sports or exercises has injured themselves at one point or another. Injuries can take days, months, or even years to heal. An effective way to aid in the elimination of exercise injuries is through injury prevention.

Here are some important steps you may take to decrease your chance of injury.

Warm-up and cool-down. Every workout should begin with a warm-up and end with a cool-down period. A warm-up helps your body get ready for exercise. It gradually increases your heart rate and loosens your muscles and joints. Some ways to warm up:

  • ride an exercise bike
  • jump rope
  • jog in place for 5 to 10 minutes

A cool-down after you work out is important to slowly bring your heart rate back to normal. Walking for 5 to 10 minutes after you work out is one way to cool down.

Stretch. Do dynamic stretching before and after you work out. This will help increase flexibility. Research is conflicting as to whether it can also help prevent injury, it’s best to stretch after you warm up and cool down.

Ease into it. When you begin an exercise routine or start a new workout program, start slowly. Then gradually build up the intensity, duration, and frequency.

Don’t push yourself too hard. As your fitness abilities increase, you will be able to challenge yourself more.

Cross-train. Vary your workout. Don’t overuse one set of muscles. Repeating the same muscle movements frequently can lead to overuse and repetitive-use injuries such as shin splints and tendinitis. Some ways to vary your workout:

  • Run on Day One.
  • Lift weights on Day Two.
  • Swim or cycle on Day Three.

Know your trouble spots. Tailor your workout for problem areas. For example, if you have arthritis in your knees, you’ll want to build up strength. But don’t do exercises that hurt. And be sure to start out lightly.

Listen to your body. The “no pain, no gain” philosophy can set you up for an injury. You can get fit without feeling pain. Don’t push yourself to the point of pain. If you feel pain, you may be injured. Stop your workout, and rest for a day.