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2020

February 17, 2020
Rice News Release: Rice study suggests public school students have healthier core strength than home-schoolers
Mike Williams - Rice News

Lugging a heavy backpack to school probably seems like a burden to most public school students, but it might explain a health advantage over home-schooled children: A heartier core.

A study by Rice University kinesiologists compares specific health metrics between two sets of students age 12 to 17 who have been a focus of the group over the past couple of years.

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2019

May 23, 2019
Rice News Release: Home-schoolers see no added health risks over time
Mike Williams - Rice News

Years of home-schooling don’t appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study.

A report by Rice kinesiology lecturer Laura Kabiri and colleagues in the Oxford University Press journal Health Promotion International puts forth evidence that the amount of time a student spends in home school is “weakly or not at all related to multiple aspects of youth physical health.”

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February 6, 2019
Wiess School of Natural Sciences: Meet our Faculty
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Meet our Faculty: Laura Kabiri, Department of Kinesiology

How does homeschooling influence children’s health and fitness? How can we accurately measure the amount of body fat in children and adolescents? How does physical fitness and activity influence kids’ mental, emotional, and physical health? Dr. Laura Kabiri of the Department of Kinesiology works to find the answers to fascinating questions like these and more...

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February 1, 2019
Rice News Release: No sweat? That's an issue for home-schooled children
Mike Williams - Rice News

Parents who home-school their children may think putting them into organized sports and physical activities keeps them fit, but Rice University researchers say young people need more. Faculty at the Rice Department of Kinesiology studied data gathered from 100 home-schooled children age 10-17 to back up their assumption that such activities are sufficient to keep children physically fit. The data, however, proved them wrong....

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2018

November 9, 2018
People, papers and presentations
Matt Wilson - Rice News

Laura Kabiri, a sports medicine lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, has co-authored a paper about research to validate new technology’s ability to determine the body fat percentage of adolescents. The paper, which appears in the journal Childhood Obesity, compares bioelectrical impedance analysis with other techniques for determining body fat in children age 12 to 17. ...

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