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Staying Strong - Joints in Space

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Date: 4 June 2016   Time: 13:00 - 14:00

The golden rule of joint health is to exercise to help your tissues stay strong and healthy. The more you move, the less stiffness you will experience since exercise will help to protect your joints. But have you ever wondered what happens to your joints if you do too much or too little exercise?

This sixty minute workshop presented by Dr Tina Chowdhury will discuss how exercise, diet and extreme environments such as space or “microgravity” effects joint health. By working with scientists from the Institute of Bioengineering (James Taylor, David Barrett), you will investigate how too much, or too little exercise affects cartilage (squashy), muscle (stretchy) and bone (hard) tissues and which foods are good or bad for bone health (eg. calcium).

You will consider how extreme environments such as space have a detrimental impact on tissue health by working with scientists from the European Space Agency.

Activities include:
- Build strong bones in 3D.
- Investigate what happens to your joints if you do too much, or too little exercise.
- Consider how space affects cartilage (squashy), muscle (stretchy) and bone (hard) tissues.
- Grow artificial tissues with seaweed and sugar.
- Examine the importance of hydration for an astronaut and stop your urine (wee) from becoming dehydrated
- Plan an exercise programme to keep your joints healthy

Location:  FB 1.08, Bancroft Building, Mile end Campus