Archive for the Public Health Category

Challenges and Opportunities in the Field of Obesity Prevention

Oct 24

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a public session, “Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts: What Does the Field Need to Know?,” on Friday, October 12, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Its purpose was to allow the IOM’s Committee on Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts (and audience members like me) to gain a mutual understanding […]

The Disconnect between Patient Expectations and Physician Actions

Oct 16

Patients wish their physicians would communicate with them in between visits, but most say that their physicians don’t, according to a study by Varolii that highlights the disparity between patient expectations for preventative care and physician actions. Half of the adults surveyed said they felt that communication (such as tips, reminders and encouragement) from their […]

The Power of Positive Messages

Sep 26

What motivates you to exercise or eat healthy?  Are you the kind of person who needs a drill sergeant barking orders and insults to motivate you to move?  Does encouragement and reassurance motivate you to say no to that piece of chocolate cake?   While everyone is admittedly different and has their own style when trying […]

A New Spin on Healthy School Lunches

Sep 06

I can still vividly remember standing in line at my high school cafeteria waiting for whatever “meal” I’d be given. In the late ‘90s healthy school lunches weren’t even a consideration, at least not at my school, with grease-laden stromboli, breakfast for lunch (i.e. cinnamon rolls, french toast sticks and sausage), and fries frequenting the […]

Promotores and Community Health Workers: from the Frontlines to the Forefront

Aug 30

In the past couple of years, Promotores and Community Health Workers have been receiving significant attention from public health Federal agencies, especially those interested in reaching and making an impact among vulnerable, low income, and underserved members of the Latino/Hispanic population. More specifically, Federal agencies are turning to these individuals for their unique ability to […]

Check Your App and Call Me in the Morning

Aug 21

Health-related smartphone apps have been on the market for years, and have evolved from one-dimensional offerings such as basic calorie counters, to multi-dimensional applications that enable users to track their weight loss and share their progress with their social networks. Perhaps this can be attributed to what the Pew Internet & American Life Project refers […]

An Olympic Story…from a Public Health Point of View

Jul 19

With about one week remaining until the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, media outlets across the world have been and will continue to cover the trials, athletes, uniforms, performers, and much more. But, from a public health and social marketing perspective, there’s another type of story that we need to ensure gets out there […]

Recipe for Change: Wrap Up of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s (SNEB) Annual Conference

Jul 17

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) recently held its 2012 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, July 14-16. SNEB is a community of professionals involved in nutrition education and health promotion from across the world. Members join from academia, government agencies, cooperative extension, communications and public relations firms, the food industry, voluntary and service […]

Courage and Creativity in Social Marketing: Learning from the life of Lyn Lusi

Jul 09

I was deeply moved by the Economist’s obituary of Lyn Lusi. I had not heard of her or of her work running the hospital, HEAL Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I did not know both George Clooney and Hilary Clinton are among her admirers. I did not know that she was responsible for […]

A big pill to swallow? FDA approves new diet pill

Jun 29

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first new prescription diet pill in 13 years, providing a new option for the roughly one-third of American adults considered obese. This approval was covered widely due not only to the opportunity that it provides for some people trying to lose weight to bridge the gap […]