Appalachian State University

Appalachian Trail hike could lead to scientific discovery

August 13, 2015

By Marty Price, Charlotte Observer Read the original story. Jessica Alley, a part-time research technician at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, has wanted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail since she was in middle school, and she finally decided that 2015 would be the year. Having earned her master’s degree in exercise science […]

Vitamin D2 vs D3

February 15, 2014

 Known for decades as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D today is clouded by controversy. Physicians and scientists are in heated debates over the actuality of a global rise in vitamin D deficiency as well as the effectiveness of and need for more vitamin D testing. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to rickets and other bone deforming […]

ASU, Dole and NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports Team Up for New Findings on Vitamin D

February 15, 2014

Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus teamed up with NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports for a study sponsored by Dole Food Company. The goal of the study was to determine if a Portobello mushroom powder rich with vitamin D2 through exposure to ultraviolet light would have any effect on muscle function, exercise-induced muscle damage and delayed […]

Blueberry Benefits

January 06, 2014

Growing Magazine – January, 2014 FEATURES Blueberry Benefits Researching the fruit’s health properties By Rocky Womack Click image to enlarge. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at NCSU, says blueberries contain a variety of phytochemicals that may help people with cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to name a few. […]

Walk to Avoid Seasonal Weight Gain, Colds and Flu

December 15, 2013

If you want to check holiday weight gain and beat cold and flu season, add a brisk walk to your daily routine. A frequently cited study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that their study group gained less than one pound during the holidays. For most people, holiday weight gain can top five to 10 […]

Preventing Disease and Improving Health Starts Early In Life

October 13, 2013

Disease prevention and good health is not a goal just for adults. NC Research Campus scientists are contributing scientific findings that show a a lifetime of good health starts as early as infancy with a mother’s diet and her genotype playing a critical role. As a child grows, their eating habits and activity level determine their risk for […]

Exercise and Polyphenols: Absorption and Afterburn Effect

September 13, 2013

Scientists from Appalachian State University (ASU), Dole Food Company and NC State University are some of the first to find in a human trial that following exercise polyphenols enter the body in elevated levels via the colon and that polyphenolic metabolism is ramped up for 14 hours after exercise. In the joint study, long-distance runners were given […]

Bananas For An Energy Boost

June 09, 2012

Scientists with the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab and the Dole Foods Nutrition Research Laboratory published findings in May in the peer-reviewed online journal PloS One that proved scientifically what professional and recreational athletes have long believed- bananas are a good source of energy when exercising. The study showed that bananas provide the same energy boost as […]

Appalachian State University: Peaking Human Performance

May 09, 2012

At the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Lab, director David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, and his research team are using treadmills, stationary bicycles, swimming pools, metabolic chambers and bod pods to find practical answers to the questions surrounding health, exercise and nutrition that can help peak human performance. Read the full story.