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Health Expert to Give Talk on Poverty's Affect on Health

(Posted November 5, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Although living in poverty is stressful in itself, increased levels of the hormone cortisol can increase the stress levels for those living beneath the poverty line. Linda Karges-Bone will give a talk, "Poverty, Stress and the Brain" at Juniata College at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The talk is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by Juniata's Health and Wellness Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Beyond Tolerance workshop series.

Linda Karges-Bone will explain how poor diet, stress, and other factors increase the level of the hormone cortisol and other hormones that can act in concert to slow brain activity and impede creativity.

Karges-Bone will explain how poor diet, stress, and other factors increase the level of the hormone cortisol and other hormones that can act in concert to slow brain activity and impede creativity.

Karges-Bone will discuss how to improve life outcomes for those in poverty and share creative ideas on how to work with low-income populations. She also will share a recipe book for the Top 10 Brain Foods, a booklet designed for families to use to cook together.

Karges-Bone is an educational consultant with her own firm Education InSite and a professor of education at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1981 and went on to earn a master's degree in 1983 in education, both from the College of Charleston. She earned a doctoral degree in 1994 in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

She has written more than 20 books, mostly on elementary and secondary school curriculum, and gives educational workshops throughout the country.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.