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Jason Gardner receives VC's award

Jason Gardner one of our 2013 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology graduates, was recently awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award for achievement in Postgraduate study for the Faculty of Health in 2013.

The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement has been established to recognise the outstanding achievements of students completing their postgraduate degree by coursework. The award is offered to the highest achieving student enrolled in a Masters program in each Faculty.

This award adds to Jason’s list of Vice-Chancellor prizes, which include an award for his honours thesis in 2011 entitled 'Physical Fitness and Cardiovascular risk in Prostate Cancer Survivors'.

Being no stranger to Awards at Deakin, Jason also received scholarships to support his Honours and Undergraduate study. He was a joint recipient of the Bounce Health Prize - awarded to the most outstanding first year undergraduate student in HSE102 ‘Functional Human Anatomy’ in 2008. The Awards are highly regarded by both the Faculty and the Schools, as they give everyone involved the opportunity to acknowledge the dedication the student has shown during their studies at Deakin University.


Dead Drunk: Lights Out In the Cross?

If you missed Associate Professor Peter Miller's appearance in the film Dead Drunk: Lights Out In the Cross, don't worry - it is available for viewing on ABC iview until Tuesday 29 April.

The film responds to current concerns about Australia's drinking and party culture and the propensity for young men and women for violence, an area that Peter has conducted much research into.

Filmed on a single Saturday night in Kings Cross, the film provides a snapshot of Kings Cross as the new lockout laws are implemented.

Peter also appeared on Dead Drunk: After Hours with Tom Tilley, ABC2's follow up live chat about the issues raised in the program.


Red meat and exercise could be the key!

Protein loading to improve muscle performance isn’t just for athletes and bodybuilders, with Deakin University researchers finding that a protein rich diet incorporating lean red meat combined with strength training improved the size and strength of muscles in elderly women.

The researchers believe the study’s results show that the combination of red meat and strength training could be the key to reducing the impact age-related muscle loss has on the risk of falls and the ability of the elderly to undertake day-to-day activities such as getting out of a chair. In light of these positive results the study is being extended to look at the impact that increased dietary protein combined with strength training also has on the mental health and wellbeing of older people.

'Loss of muscle and cognitive function (ie memory, speech, ability to learn new information) are the two most common consequences of ageing and are linked to the decline in everyday functional abilities and increased falls risk as well as the progression to other chronic diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease', explained Deakin’s Professor of Exercise and Ageing Robin Daly.

'Given the results of this study we believe that eating the recommended 3-4 servings of lean red meat a week combined with a strength training program could well be the key to keeping our body and mind in peak condition.’

Deakin’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research conducted the four month trial with 100 women aged 60—90 years to assess the effects of progressive resistance training (a form of strength training) combined with a protein-rich, lean red meat diet on muscle size, strength and function. When compared to women in the exercise only group, those on the lean red meat diet had an 18 per cent greater increase in muscle strength and gained an additional 0.5 kg of muscle mass. They were also found to have a 10 per cent greater increase in a hormone central to muscle growth and a 16 per cent reduction in a pro-inflammatory marker that has been linked to muscle loss and other chronic diseases. The results of this Meat and Livestock Australia funded study are published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The researchers are now recruiting for the new study to investigate the effects of lean red meat combined with strength training on brain and nervous system function as well as muscle health.

The researchers are looking for people aged 65 years and over to take part in the new study called STEPS (Seniors, Thinking, Exercise and Protein Study).

Those interested in taking part can phone Jenny or Niamh on 9246 8286 or email j.gianoudis@deakin.edu.au or niamh.mundell@deakin.edu.au


Success at VicHealth 2013 Awards

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) had great success at the 2013 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Awards held on Tuesday 3 December. C-PAN were finalists in two of the nine award categories, and won one of the awards.

Professor Kylie Ball, Professor David Crawford and Dr Sarah McNaughton, in partnership with the National Heart Foundation and Coles Supermarkets, received the VicHealth award for Promoting Healthy Eating. The award was presented by the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis.

In addition, Professor Tony Worsley was a member of a team led by RMIT that was a finalist for the VicHealth award for Preventing Harm from Alcohol.

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