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Maybe it’s something in the water? OK, maybe not. But the past few years our Faculty has been witness to a substantial increase in the baby segment of our academic family complement. As the photos highlighting this story show, the Class Of 2030 has grown considerably and like each set of proud staff and faculty parents, we couldn’t be happier.
But there is more to the story than a large-scale birth announcement. The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is home to more than our own healthy kids and healthy families. Children’s health and wellness is a cornerstone of our teaching, research, and service commitment in an academic sense as well as the more personal one.
Bone growth. Muscle development. Physical activity. Proper nutrition. Life skills. Disabilities. We study all of this and more in the context of pediatric health.
But not just because we love kids. It’s because we love embodied life for all and want to learn more about how each of us can live longer independently and fully.
So what we explore in the world of child growth and development is also about how to prepare in the best possible way for life at 50 and 60 and 70 and 80 and 90, too. Kind of like studying gerontology at the age of 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9! A unique scholarly agenda with real world value.
Those kids in the pictures? They are going to grow up so fast. And, just like your kids and grandkids are or will be, we want to know everything we can to help them do it in the healthiest possible way across the entire span of life.
Because as humorist and cartoonist Don Herold noted, “Babies are such a nice way to start people.”