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Oct. 3 , 2003
Vol. 28, No. 4

Green chemistry
Minority enrollment increase sets record
Improved student services called key
McAllister to lead Dole Institute as interim director
Shadow dancers
United Way campaign challenges contributors
Financial woes cause Printing Services layoffs
Catholic, Jewish studies professorships established
Grad student stretches talents

Lecture series to bring writers, analysts to KU
AAUP organizes public forum on Patriot Act
Former professor solves royal mystery in Sickly Stuarts
KU joins study of doctoral education

New portable carts provide options for fast food, beverages

Peace Corps renews KU office grant

Faculty receive Higuchi awards
Novelist supports Watkins scholarship

Hispanic heritage celebrated at KU

August employees honored
Engineering hall to be dedicated
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Grad student stretches talents

Jamie Murphy, Fayetteville, Ark., graduate student, demonstrates stretching techniques developed by Overland Park grad student Matt Parrott. 1. Stand behind desk. 2. Lift right knee until leg is bent at 90-degree angle. 3. Place bent right leg on the desk with the foot facing left and the knee forward. 4. Slowly lean forward until right hip feels a good stretch. 5. Hold 20 to 30 seconds. 6. Repeat process with left leg. 7. Perform two to three sets of stretches for each hour spent sitting. R. Steve Dick/University Relations

For KU graduate student Matt Parrott, writing was—at first—a bit of a stretch.

The Overland Park doctoral candidate in exercise science writes “Master Class,” a weekly exercise column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Parrott said he originally was recruited not for his writing ability but for his exercise innovations as a fitness center manager in Little Rock, Ark. He has written the weekly fitness column since January.

Recently, Parrott used one of his columns to address the needs of people who sit for long hours at a desk. In his column, Parrott described why stretching is so important for those whose jobs keep them immobile for long periods.

“The human body responds very poorly to inactivity,” he said. “The risk for developing obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes increases dramatically as an individual becomes more sedentary.”

Parrott’s theory is that office workers may become less likely to exercise if they develop chronic pain from sitting for long periods.

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