Women's Basketball halftime interview – Indiana
Discussion of research in fitness, iron levels and academic success ties between NU and Penn State, support for students on campus, wanting to apply the findings and make students aware of them, and extending the findings to the general public.
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[00:00:00.247](slow funky music)
[00:00:03.152]Half-time of the Husker's match up here
[00:00:04.406]at Pinnacle Bank Arena,
[00:00:05.481]joined now by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
[00:00:07.429]Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:08.368]We always like to talk about research projects
[00:00:10.444]that are going on on campus.
[00:00:12.105]Nebraska certainly does that as well as anybody,
[00:00:14.980]and we've got one going on
[00:00:16.028]that talks about being fit, staying in shape,
[00:00:18.917]and the importance that is for all students,
[00:00:20.887]not just student athletes,
[00:00:22.242]and it could mean the difference
[00:00:23.364]between getting an A, B, C, or in classrooms.
[00:00:25.930]Tell us more about this research.
[00:00:27.101]Well, we have a lot of research that we do
[00:00:30.448]in the area of health, and related to health and wellness,
[00:00:36.801]In particular, we're very pleased
[00:00:40.008]that we have a major research collaboration currently,
[00:00:44.403]jointly between some of our faculty here
[00:00:46.764]at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
[00:00:48.474]and Penn State, one of our Big Ten partner institutions.
[00:00:52.567]And that research is looking at, in particular,
[00:00:56.159]students' fitness levels,
[00:00:58.365]and how their fitness levels and iron, you know,
[00:01:02.694]as a mineral for us,
[00:01:06.135]how their iron status can impact
[00:01:09.195]how well they do academically.
[00:01:11.152]So, looking at grade point averages of students,
[00:01:14.768]how fit they are, how they keep themselves in good shape,
[00:01:19.002]and then what their iron status is associated with that,
[00:01:22.411]is showing that we probably
[00:01:23.742]see them doing better academically.
[00:01:26.647]So those who were fit, had normal iron levels,
[00:01:30.187]in that study, achieved higher grade point averages
[00:01:33.534]than the unfit women who were iron deficient in the study.
[00:01:38.224]So, important information there coming out of that research.
[00:01:41.883]It's pretty valuable when we start thinking
[00:01:44.425]about how that can help our students perform
[00:01:47.156]and do better academically, from research like this as well.
[00:01:52.734]Beyond the basic health and wellness,
[00:01:54.678]the research findings make a pretty compelling argument
[00:01:57.247]for thinking about nutrition, healthy choices,
[00:01:59.961]and the university offers support
[00:02:01.433]in going down that path toward better wellness as well,
[00:02:04.135]Well, student life, while our students are on campus
[00:02:06.909]studying with us for their degrees,
[00:02:09.884]is an important aspect
[00:02:10.983]of how we like to support them as well.
[00:02:14.132]For students who live on campus,
[00:02:16.334]housing and dining is an important part of that.
[00:02:19.710]Or if they live off campus,
[00:02:21.873]you have food choices that are available on the campus,
[00:02:26.823]We have a very robust campus recreation and wellness program
[00:02:31.679]across the campus,
[00:02:33.173]both on City Campus, on East Campus,
[00:02:36.667]where students have access
[00:02:38.339]to world-class recreation facilities,
[00:02:41.498]and we're very proud of how much those get utilized
[00:02:44.732]by our students.
[00:02:46.057]So, encouraging that wellness of our student population,
[00:02:50.353]and available access to good and high quality food as well.
[00:02:56.120]And, of course,
[00:02:56.953]the findings like we're seeing in this research,
[00:02:58.986]we want to apply those findings,
[00:03:01.027]and we want our students to be aware of those
[00:03:03.716]and of making healthy choices,
[00:03:06.838]in how they live their daily life on campus,
[00:03:10.299]and extending that information out to them.
[00:03:14.259]We also certainly want to extend that out
[00:03:16.482]beyond the campus too, right?
[00:03:18.461]So, we want the general public to know about
[00:03:21.231]the importance of this kind of research
[00:03:23.721]and how it can benefit human well-being
[00:03:26.524]across the board.
[00:03:27.592]Just another way we're leading in food and health.
[00:03:30.459]Great topic to have here, kind of in the heart of winter,
[00:03:32.757]when people get cooped up a little bit,
[00:03:34.295]maybe don't take as good care of themselves.
[00:03:35.706]Great to see you, we'll chat down the road.
[00:03:37.572]Yep, go Big Red.
[00:03:38.570]Ronnie Green with us here at half-time.
[00:03:40.599]We'll check out the scoreboard, coming up next.
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