Iowa State Workshops Examine Research on Mindful Eating and Behavior

April 28, 2017, 12:29 pm | Anthony Santiago, Laura Sternweis

AMES, Iowa – Iowans have four opportunities in May to learn how mindful eating and behavior contribute to a healthy lifestyle. A faculty member and a clinician from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University will be sharing current research during free workshops in Waterloo, Le Mars, Atlantic and Iowa City.Adventure Comes To You

“The Adventure Comes to You” workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the following ISU Extension and Outreach locations:

  • Tuesday, May 16; Black Hawk County Office, 3420 University Avenue, Suite B, Waterloo
  • Wednesday, May 17; Plymouth County Office, 251 12th Street, SE, Le Mars
  • Thursday, May 18; Cass County Office, 805 West 10th Street, Atlantic
  • Friday, May 19; Johnson County Office, 3109 Old Highway, 218 South, Iowa City

Register online at no later than one week in advance of each workshop.

Clinician Alison St. Germain will present “Health isn’t always in the BM‘Eye’ of the beholder.” She will discuss developing a healthy relationship with food and learning to eat in a way that fuels the body while satisfying the taste buds. She’ll also talk about body respect, which leads to people wanting to feed and move their bodies in a way that feels good.  

Professor Kevin Schalinske will present “Why what your great-grandparents ate 100 years ago can affect your health today.” He will discuss epigenetics – how environmental factors such as diet can alter DNA and potentially affect health and disease for many generations to come. Participants will gain a better understanding of what epigenetics is, how it can affect their health and the health of subsequent generations, and how it may impact food choices in the future.

“These workshops are an opportunity for faculty to share their research and engage with Iowans,” said Anthony Santiago, college projects specialist for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

For more information about “The Adventure Comes to You” workshops, contact Santiago at 515-294-7042 or

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