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Getting real about hunger and homelessness on campus

New data show housing and food insecurity is a pressing issue for many college students across the country — and in Denver

Yao Qian and Pablo Rivera enjoy the view of the mountains. Photo by Alyson McClaran

4 tips for climbing a 14er this summer

Recreation faculty member and outdoor enthusiast Ryan Campbell offers advice on making it to the top of the mountain.

5 nasty things that happen in freezing weather

Winter blues can sometimes have a bite. MSU Denver's Michelle Tollefson, M. D., explains what to do if things go wrong.

The primary flu strain we

5 need-to-know answers about this flu season

Ah-choo! There’s a nasty bug going around – so equip yourself with a doctor’s insight that’s nothing to sneeze at.

MSU Denver senior Toby Scott performs the side reach which stretches abdominal obliques and latissimus dorsi (back and side muscles). Photo by Alyson McClaran

5 stretches that will get you out of your seat

Exercise-science student Toby Scott shares stretches that can counteract the negative effects of sitting at a desk all day.

5 tips for keeping kids active and healthy all summer

With camps closed and interactions limited by social distancing, it’s more important than ever for parents to keep kids active. Follow these tips from Brian Hull, national PE teacher of the year, for healthy fun all summer long.

Two hikers in Evergreen, Colorado. Photo Alyson McClaran.

5 trails to hike while the weather is still warm

Recreation faculty member Ryan Campbell shares the five best trails within an hour drive of Denver.

Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority donates $50,000 to help kids at Children

50,000 reasons to smile

MSU Denver sorority makes $50,000 donation to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Person holding a platter with healthy Halloween snacks

7 tips for a healthy Halloween

Here’s how to avoid the sugar rush for your little monsters – without skimping on the fun.

Colorado fit Red Rocks HERO

7 ways to get fit, Colorado style

Our state offers some unique exercise opportunities you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Athletic training student Heidi Moore (blue, center) is a coach for the US Paralympic judo team and lead instructor for Denver Judo. Here, she is throwing a combatant as part of a demonstration while setting up the national program for Turkmenistan.

Acing her mat classes

Martial artist. Paralympic coach. International program builder. For Heidi Moore, judo isn’t just a sport – it’s a calling.

Two silhouetted figures talking in front of a Denver CARES/detox sign.

The light at the end of the tunnel

Colorado's new program to repay college loans for addiction counselors is helping one military veteran and former electrician power a new career serving others.

Dr. Theodore DeWeese, a former mechanic and first-generation college graduate, now serves as vice president of interdisciplinary patient care for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Running the road to health-care breakthroughs

Across four decades and two continents, MSU Denver graduates are shaping global health care through their work at Johns Hopkins

Alvin Bush and his partner Eun Hye walk with their children on MSU Denver

From the military to medicine, still serving

Here’s how the new Forever GI Bill supports a Navy family’s transition to civilian health care professionals.

Mandy Pierce-Turner is the sign language interpreter for Gov. Jared Polis. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Sign of the times

Mandy Pierce-Turner has a direct hand in communicating the governor's pandemic response to thousands of Coloradans who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Reading a book -- not on an electronic screen -- is great for helping kids wind down at night and fall asleep. Photo by John Arnold.

Quality sleep and good food

For back-to-school, prioritize these two critical items

A look at the top ten RED stories from 2019.

Best of RED 2019

Our reporting last year stretched from the Auraria Campus to the Capitol, rural Colorado to grade-school classrooms. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2019.

Two bicyclists passing each other on the Cherry Creek trail

The case for bicycling

Ditching your car for pedal power can save money, add years to your life and improve your mood.

Community Impact SECORCares mobile food pantry

Mission Ready: SECORCares

WATCH: This Parker-based nonprofit built a mobile food pantry to serve Coloradans in need. Here's how its new partnership with MSU Denver and Ent Credit Union will help students experiencing food insecurity.

Jenny Allert, an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, discusses care of high-risk newborns during a class on Oct. 2, 2018.

Watch: Training a new generation of compassionate nurses

After surviving a serious childhood illness, nursing professor Jenny Allert knows — and teaches — the value of compassionate care.

Coronavirus covid-19 Colorado

What Coloradans need to know about coronavirus

The new disease, also known as COVID-19, is spreading across the globe through international travel. Colorado is home to the nation’s fifth busiest airport, so should we be concerned?

Wave goodbye to the handshake amid coronavirus concerns

As the new disease also known as COVID-19 spreads, Americans must eliminate long-established physical greetings. Here's how you can change the social script — and help break the chain of transmission.

MSU Denver nursing student Micahla Cowles test swabs for COVID-19 at STRIDE in Wheat Ridge.

Earning a diploma on COVID-19’s front lines

WATCH: Nursing students join STRIDE Community Health Center to ramp up testing for coronavirus – and earn the clinical experience required for graduation.

Danielle Holmes, president of MSU Denver

Refuge in education

New data show housing insecurity is a serious issue for Denver college students. Here's how one student leader is shaping a safety net for others.

Love in the time of COVID-19

The rules of dating have been turned upside down by the pandemic. But where there’s a will …


Denver group inspires country to ‘Go Outside and Howl at 8 p.m.’

You're not hearing things — the Mile High City now howls nightly in solidarity during COVID-19 quarantine. Here’s the psychology behind the primal scream that's spreading across America.

MSU Denver senior Karen Williams uses dumbbells for upper body workouts July 11 at the Auraria Campus Recreation Fitness Center. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Deskercise! 5 ways to stay active on the job

Finding time to work out can be difficult, but here are some suggestions for how to stay trim while on the clock.

A young girl connects with one of the dogs in the Canine Airport Therapy Squad at Denver International Airport. The program, begun by Metropolitan State University of Denver alumni Mark Inzana and Lisa Dittberner, helps travelers cope with flying-related stress.

Dogs of CATS treat travelers

Ironically named program, founded by alumni, helps calm anxious flyers at DIA.

A prescription for beating the odds

From the streets of Newark to 'Oprah,' Dr. Sampson Davis is living proof of the ability to heal a community from the ground up.

Marijuana edibles are a booming business. Now, MSU Denver School of Hospitality is partnering with Medically Correct to bring CBD into the classroom and kitchen.

As edibles biz booms, Hospitality School brings cannabis into the kitchen

A new partnership puts marijuana-industry experts in the classroom to teach cooking with CBD and show budding entrepreneurs how to get their foot in the door of a $3 billion industry.

In March 2016, Erika Wyckoff submitted a complete Medal of Honor proposal packet through her congressmen, along with supporting letters from the offices of Ed Perlmutter and Michael Bennet. The Pentagon had stated that they would conduct a review on all Distinguished Service Cross recipients that may warrant an upgrade to the Medal of Honor. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Love, loss and a promise kept

Gold Star wife Erika Wyckoff balances family, school and a quest for a Medal of Honor.

Metropolitan State University of Denver alumna Christine Wetzig, far left, and Professor Joe Quatrochi, front row, fourth from left, show the Comparative Fitness class the varied things graduates can do with a degree in exercise science.

Exercising options

Comparative Fitness class shows students the many career paths in exercise science.

Flu or COVID-19? Get a flu shot to stem the threat of ‘twindemic’ public-health crises

Here’s what Ruben Zorrilla, M.D., wants you to know about the vaccine that can protect you, your family and your community from influenza during the coronavirus pandemic.

Food for Thought gives food to Denver families in need during COVID-19 outbreak

Serving up hope, 6 feet apart

WATCH: In the midsts of the COVID-19 pandemic, childhood-hunger-relief organization Food For Thought continues to feed kids who normally rely on school meals. Here’s how you can help.

Associate Professor Cynthia Dormer demonstrates a skill that helped her become the Colorado Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Food for thought: Is the Keto Diet right for you?

Award-winning dietitian offers expertise on nutritional routine, advice on eating well.

A garbage can filled with food waste

Waste not, feed more

Food waste is a massive problem in the U.S., even as 1 in 8 Americans experience food insecurity. Here’s how Colorado is responding.

Traci Lundstrom is the spring 2018 Provost

Getting up off the (yoga) mat

Provost's Award winner Traci Lundstrom runs a yoga program in the Boulder County Jail, helping women find a better path forward like she's found for herself.

Mary Beth Kruger, graduate student of social work, testifying

Students take the stand

Graduate social work and law students collaborate in a mock trial preparing them for careers in advocacy.

Urban-agriculture students get their hands into the dirt as part of the course work in urban vegetable farming. "I truly make a connection with the soil and the plants," says student Amanda Hillard.

Green shoots in the concrete jungle

Urban-agriculture program germinates with help of Acres farm.

Medical professional standing in a field holding a Colorado map. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Navigating the future of patient care

A $3 million grant will support a new generation of health workers transforming how underserved Colorado communities access services.

Veggie lasagna

5 healthy and budget-friendly fall recipes

These dishes are delicious, nutritious and won't break the bank.

Emily Hunt, Recent Graduate Human Nutrition and Dietetics chopping a pepper

Try the $10 Challenge

Here’s how to feed a family of four on a budget without skimping on taste or nutrition.

8 nutritious and easy-to-make quarantine recipes edamame hummus

8 nutritious and easy-to-make quarantine recipes

Need some ideas for what to eat while staying at home? Nutritionists and chefs weigh in with recipes and tips for healthy eating.

Wellness program intern Erin Horne talks with Karina Bridget, a resident at Eaton Senior Communities.

Healthy partnerships for senior living

Students gain essential skills in health care as interns at Eaton Senior Communities, Health Professions chair recounts.

Left to right, Eddie Romero-Moreida, Seth Hosford, Alma Ochoa

“We’re there to help and to heal”

How do we fill 2.4 million new jobs? Three students discuss one program’s impact on workforce – and community – development.

Find your exercise sweet spot at home. Get away from all the distractions – the TV, iPad, sofa, refrigerator – and find a regular space where you will exercise.

How to workout at home during COVID-19 gym closures

WATCH: MSU Denver strength and conditioning coach Isaiah Castilleja shows you how to get a gym-quality workout from home.

Psychologists say a majority of Americans are stressed about at least one aspect of the holidays.

How not to lose your mind during the holidays

The “happy” holiday season can actually bring all kinds of stresses and frustrations. But don’t worry – help is at hand.

There’s no doubt that working from home for a prolonged period is going to feel unstructured, isolating and often just plain lonely.

How to stay sane while working from home during COVID-19

Thousands of Americans are telecommuting to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 – but it can be tough. Here are some tips for maximizing productivity and mental health.

Mary Landerholm was sitting in her human-trafficking class at MSU Denver when she realized she had been a victim of the crime. Since then she

Under lock and key

Nonprofit fights to end human trafficking by influencing policy, training responders, empowering survivors and more

Black and white photo of jungle gym mixed with areas of color Photo by Kylie Henson

What happens when we don’t make time for recess?

While physical activity has obvious long-term benefits, research shows its value in the classroom, too.

Jessi Warthen poses in the gunner seat of her military truck during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Warthen was a Marine Corps corporal at the time. Photo by Jessi Warthen.

Missing in action: support for female veterans

As women become a larger part of active military and veteran populations, services for them lag behind. A new scholarship hopes to help.

Tina Ramirez, center, and daughters Marion, left, and Stacy will graduate together from MSU Denver on May 11. “I’m very excited that we’re going to be accomplishing such a great goal together,” Tina says.

It runs in the family

A mom and her two daughters will graduate together.

Jessica Johnson graduated from MSU Denver in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Care degree and will be moving to Baltimore this fall to start her master

Jess of all trades … master of one

From mechanic to medicine-woman, Jessica Johnson is proving that it’s never too late to find your passion in life.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Finding the ‘Why’

Along the road to addiction recovery, Kyle Johnson returned to school and discovered a true purpose.

Nancy Rae Kochnis-Clark, standing in front of a body of water with mountains in the background

Healing in two worlds

Nancy Rae Kochis-Clark applies traditional Native American practice through the language of lifestyle medicine. Here’s what that work means for the future of health care.

Dance students Kallyn Rand (left) and Olivia Sando are using their skills to help local children twist and spin their way to a more positive outlook. Photo: John Arnold

Making all the right moves

Two dance students are using their skills to help local children twist and spin their way to a more positive outlook.

Vince Marley, MSU Denver sophomore exercise science major, guides Jordan Hidalgo, an MSU Denver junior majoring in psychology, through a personal training session in the Recreation Center on the Auraria Campus.

Redefining masculinity

Negative societal norms may shorten the otherwise healthy lives of men. Here’s what we can do about it.

Photo illustration of student suffering from depression.

Student depression: Seeking answers and offering hope

The number of college students suffering from depression and anxiety is alarmingly high. Researchers are working to find out why.

Michael Lechuga attended the Auraria Early Learning Center as a toddler while his mother studied at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Now, he’s preparing to join her as a graduate. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

From childhood to Commencement

Michael Lechuga attended the Auraria Early Learning Center as a toddler while his mother studied at MSU Denver. Now, he’s preparing to join her as a graduate.

A woman sitting with eyes closed and in a meditative position with people rushing around her.

Just Breathe

Mindfulness practice is increasingly making its way into the college classroom. Here’s how it helps students learn – and a quick 3-step breathing exercise you can use, too.

Hope holder

The trials and traumas life threw at Monica Simpson could have broken her. Instead, she transformed those experiences into hope – for herself and others.

Ricardo Carrillo, Ph.D. MSU Denver Castro Distinguished Professor

'La cultura todavia cura'

Psychologist and curandero Ricardo Carrillo, Ph.D., helps the Latino community understand that many tools required for balanced mental health already exist within their culture’s traditions and values.

MSU Denver and Vicente Fox form health care-focused partnership

The former president of Mexico and his wife, Marta Sahagún, visited campus to discuss the collaboration connecting Denver and San Miguel de Allende.

Rita Araceli Zerfoss knows a thing or two about healing broken hearts. Photo Alyson McClaran

Nursing broken hearts

When her husband passed away, this aspiring nurse had a choice – quit college or find the strength to keep going.

MSU Denver nursing students Erin Apple, Katelyn Wyzgoski, Alexia Girin, Victoria Whitley practice foundational hands-on skills including priming tubing for IVs with instructor Jenny Bielefeld. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Nurses in the pipeline

As COVID-19 exacerbates the health-worker shortage in Colorado, universities adapt to keep the future workforce on track.

Jonathan Gourley, a Marine Corps Reserve sergeant, graduated from MSU Denver in December 2017 while actively deployed to the Corps

Operation Study Abroad

Active duty and academics coexist for MSU Denver students who deploy across the globe.

Jamie Ray, a 2018 MSU Denver alumna, works as a care manager at Second Chance Center helping clients reenter society after being incarcerated. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Building a road to recovery

As the search for effective, creative solutions to Colorado's substance abuse crisis continues, new strategies are driving addiction counselors to communities in need.

It’s never been more important to get out and exercise – both for your body and mind. You can still exercise outdoors. Walking, running, cycling and hiking are all listed as “essential activities," so your solo exercise routines can continue as long as you stay six feet away from other people. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

How to exercise outside during COVID-19 outbreak

It’s never been more important to get out and exercise – for both body and mind. Here's how to do it safely.

Payton Bradley overcame years of bullying and found a home at MSU Denver. Photo by Mark Stahl

Overcoming bullies

Student overcomes years of harassment, finds community at MSU Denver and shares a powerful message of hope.

Wyatt Rottschafer and his classmates at The Boys School of Denver hold a yoga pose during a class in the morning.The Human Performance and Sport Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver partnered up to host a Spin-A-Thon that took place on Dec. 9. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Partnership spins two schools together

MSU Denver's sport event management class partners with sixth-graders to earn real-world experience.

Annie Redmond, MSU Denver alumna Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Tools of resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism aren’t just creating fresh trauma for people of color; they’re also causing past traumas experienced by older generations to resurface. Here are tested tools PTSD experts deploy for dealing with traumas new and old.

Public-health crises converge

Experts weigh in on the connection between the movement for racial justice and the global pandemic.

Rebecca Leyva Hernandez Graduation Profile

Learning to be ‘a person for others’

After experiencing homelessness and illness, Rebecca Leyva Hernandez graduates from MSU Denver having internalized profound life lessons and realized a passion for service.

A recipe for eliminating diet disparities

White people comprise 91% of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Colorado. Here’s how MSU Denver will use more than $5 million in grants to diversify the pipeline into the critical field.

Charles and Drubix wearing service dog vest.

Service for those who serve

Roadrunners Give Back Day goes to the dogs.

MSU Denver’s new Skills Lab provide job-seekers with the training they need to land jobs in fields that will grow – and be created – as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 recession.

Ready for the future of work

MSU Denver’s new Skills Lab provides job-seekers with free virtual training in fields that will grow – and be created – as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 recession.

The great American sleep crisis

Millions are not getting enough shut-eye, and it’s taking years off their lives.

The Canon City High School class of 1919 poses for a class picture. Surgical masks. Image provided by History Colorado

Will ‘historical amnesia’ doom COVID-19 response?

Historians discuss how studying the impact of the 1918-19 influenza outbreak can guide the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sarah Baker, second from right, teaches yoga as a part of a requirement for a class she

Spreading the health

Lifestyle-medicine students share wellness tips with young and old as community health educators.

Spring Cleaning Quarantine Tips

6 steps for spring cleaning success

WATCH: Whether you need to organize a home office or deep clean your entire pad, these tips from hoarding disorder expert Jennifer Hanzlick will help you create the space you deserve.

“A generation of unconscious bias ignoring the voice of the underserved can affect generations to come. We can’t impact how everyone sees us, but through education and advocacy we can make an impact. That way we’re not just seen – we are heard.”  -Katrina Little, nursing lecturer, on addressing maternal mortality rates in communities of color. Photo by Sara Hertwig.

TEDx MSU Denver: The dying mothers, sisters, daughters, friends

WATCH: Nurse Katrina Little reimagines postpartum and newborn care to improve the high maternal mortality rates in the U.S. for African American women.

TEDx MSU Denver 2019 Travis Heath

TEDx MSU Denver: Self-care to communities of care

WATCH: Psychologist Travis Heath reimagines a model of community care wherein people don't have to self-care their way out of social inequities.

TEDx MSU Denver Tyler Kingsbury Self-love

TEDx MSU Denver: Self-love for perfectionists

WATCH: Personal trainer Tyler Kingsbury reimagines how self-love can vanquish the veil of perfection and increase focus on the values that allow us to live more meaningful lives.

MSU Denver Telehealth HERO

‘Telehealth’ booms amid COVID-19 pandemic

Prior to the coronavirus, Americans were slow to adopt virtual health care. Now, they’re clamoring for the services. Here’s how the state and universities are responding to deliver digital medicine.

With finals season around the corner, students can take preventative measures to fend off stress and test anxiety. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

7 study tips for passing the test

Feeling anxious for final exams? Here's what you need to know to make the grade.

This composite photo shows Doug Laufer, MSU Denver accounting professor (left), finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon (image on the left), and one minute later the first deadly bomb blast that occurred during the marathon (image on the right; the explosion captured in the upper right corner of the photo frame). Photos: Boston Athletic Association

The man who beat the Boston Marathon

Doug Laufer finished the 2013 Boston Marathon 60 seconds before the first bomb exploded. Unbowed and optimistic, he’s heading back.

Jeff Helton, assistant professor in health care management at MSU Denver, helped create the new Health Data Science Certificate. It well help future executives better understand and use information in health care. Photo by Alyson McClaran

The nexus of health and tech

New certificate mixes tech and business to heal what ails the system.

Heart monitor

The science of love – why we go gooey on Valentine’s Day

What actually happens to us when our gentler emotions are roused? Our psychology expert Mary Ann Watson explains.

Elizabeth Hubbard is the spring 2017 MSU Denver Provost

This is your brain off drugs

Elizabeth Hubbard struggled with drug addiction as a young adult; today she is a top student in her graduating class.

Health Care Management professor Dr. Jeffrey Helton talks about health care changes.

Understanding insurance under the Affordable Care Act

Open enrollment for Obamacare plans is open and there are changes that could affect how people buy insurance.

Vaping has been marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, but the truth is decidedly more cloudy.  Photo by Kylie Henson

Not just blowing smoke

Vaping has been marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, but the truth is decidedly more cloudy.

Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Purple Heart, blue ocean

A Marine, new father and college student will attempt to become the first U.S. combat-wounded veteran to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Social Media Viral Videos HERO

When going viral goes wrong

TikTok's 'Penny Challenge' is the latest social media stunt putting young people at risk. Why do they keep doing it?

Photo Alyson McClaran

We need to talk … about mental health

Two grants totaling $3M to train behavioral health and addictions clinicians in medically underserved communities.

MSU Denver student and Healthcare Interest Program participant Jiwon Kim practices life-saving compression exercises to an infant CPR dummy. Photo by Aly McClaran.

Who gets to be a doctor?

Thanks to an equity-driven partnership with Denver Health, students are making inroads into health care opportunities.

Researchers say taking a break from work to clear your head can improve creativity and productivity.

Why you should (occasionally) goof off at work

In celebration of National Goof Off Day – seriously, it’s a thing – we celebrate the art of the unofficial work break.

MSU Denver is the first University in the nation to offer a lifestyle medicine minor, which will launch in fall 2018, and cover topics such as stress. Photo by Mark Stahl

Your job is literally killing you

How stress at work is taking years off our lives and what we can do to find inner-calm in our cubicles.