Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly consider parks, trails and open space to be an essential component of the health care system, according to a Penn State study.

Previous research has suggested that moderate drinking may actually be healthy and that not drinking may have health risks. However, both the benefits for moderate drinkers and risks for non-drinkers may be a bit overstated, according to Penn State researchers who examined the drinking habits of middle-aged adults.

The University of the Western Cape in South Africa has appointed Ed Smith and Linda Caldwell as Extraordinary Professors in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences for their contributions over the past 16 years in helping to reduce substance abuse and sexual risk among South African teens.

Penn State’s Exercise is Medicine on Campus program has received gold level status from the American College of Sports Medicine. Penn State is among 60 colleges and universities that will be recognized for their EIMOC programs. The awards will be given as part of the 2017 Exercise is Medicine World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting on May 31.

The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) has selected Mark Greenberg, Bennett Chair of Prevention Research and founding director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and Karen Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology to receive its 2017 SPR Service Award.

Twenty-two students will complete six weeks of fieldwork in either Senegal, South Africa or Tanzania this summer as part of their 21-credit Global Health minor capstone project. To help prepare them for the trip, health care coordinators from each of the countries visited campus last month.

Penn State recently hosted the Doctoral Student Research Think Tank in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in order to support the research community that strives to improve outcomes for people with complex disabilities and their families.

The following is a list of Penn State fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1.

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.

Researchers in the Penn State College of Nursing are testing an intervention that involves family members in the recovery process for individuals with dementia, following their short-term hospitalization for acute medical conditions.

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