Archive for the Public Health Category

Top 5 Takeaways from Digital Health Communications Extravaganza

Feb 25

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Digital Health Communications Extravaganza (DHCX) conference in sunny Orlando. The conference is completely focused on the intersection of digital technologies and health, my two favorite things. Speakers discussed everything from social media measurement, the mobile web, data mining, gamification, startups, and the ePatient, and I had […]

Achieving Greatness

Feb 21

The Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl Champions, achieved football greatness earlier this month. Roger Federer, often referred to as the GOAT of the tennis world – Greatest of All Time. And in a couple of weeks, Hollywood will spend an evening telling us who has achieved greatness on the big screen. Greatness, a noun.  But, what […]

Dumb Ways to Die: A Smart Way to Convey a Safety Message

Nov 29

If you haven’t yet seen the recent PSA video from Melbourne Metro Trains, “Dumb Ways to Die,” you’re missing out. This fun, creative, and important train safety warning is taking the web by storm! In only six days after being uploaded to YouTube, the video garnered more than 14 million hits; today that number is […]

Giving Thanks for Gluten Free Holiday Options

Nov 15

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m beginning my annual scan on the internet and among local health food stores for recipes and products that will not only make my family’s holiday meal delicious and traditional, but safe for everyone to eat. With a daughter who has celiac disease, I have to be careful.  I want her to […]

Heads Up about Concussions in Sports

Oct 25

Just the other day, the word concussion came up three separate times. News reports were abuzz with the latest on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s concussion; a new documentary, Head Games by Director Steve James, exploring the consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players, was being promoted; and I overheard two women at […]

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 […]