College of Health and Human Sciences

Our goal is to help students learn to apply creative interdisciplinary research to solve social problems. In our College, students have the opportunity to apply state-of-the-art technology and integrated problem solving skills to real world situations. Whether the field is education, individual and family development, health or human services, housing, or design, the programs in the College of Health and Human Sciences are aimed at improving the quality of life for all people.

GROW Childhood Obesity Project

This project engages community members and 4-H youth to take photographs with camera-enabled GPS units in order to gain a understanding of the community features that influence community members’ abilities to eat healthfully and be physically active. 4-H youth in northeast Colorado communities will learn about GIS mapping in partnership with the GROW project and a science enrichment program.


Fuel for Fun: Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play

Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play, is an integrated research, extension, and education project targeting 4th grade students. Its long-term goal of reducing the risk of childhood obesity will be addressed by promoting healthful food and activity environments, policies and behaviors through: 1) building and testing the efficacy of a 4th grade comprehensive school- and family-based intervention, 2) applying it to an after-school setting to broaden its reach, and, 3) disseminating both versions through outreach. This comprehensive program in based on existing, evidence-based components: the experiential Cooking with Kids curriculum, the SPARK Active Recreation program; principles of behavioral economics in school cafeterias and homes; the online About Eating non-dieting approach to gaining eating competence for parents and a family-based CWK 2.0 component specifically designed for this intervention.


Muscles Alive! Community Outreach

Who We Are

Muscles Alive! is a neuroscience educational outreach program.  It is an extension of research topics and techniques used in the Neuromuscular Function Lab at Colorado State University. The program uses hands-on, kid-friendly equipment to perform experiential demonstrations to teach 4th-12th graders about how their brain communicates with their muscles and how their muscles communicate with their brain.  Participants get to see, hear, record, and experience their own brain’s command to the muscle and experience very robust, fun, and attention-getting illusions and phenomena related to reflexes and proprioception (ability to sense the position and orientation and movement of one’s body).