Archive for the Social Marketing Category

The First Social Media Olympic Games … Or Not?

Jul 26

As the opening ceremonies begin tomorrow, so too will the idea that athletes are no longer just idolized sports stars, they are creating content that is being shared around the world.  Some 10,000 competing athletes from 200 countries will be using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, among other social media to share information, photos, and commentary […]

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 […]

It Takes Two to Treat

Jun 22

When was the last time you openly questioned your doctor’s advice? Think about it. When was the last time your doctor prescribed a treatment, and you said, “Well, I don’t think that’s best for me. Let’s talk about what other options are available”?  If you’ve never said those words, you’re not alone. As a society, […]

Come Dance With Me

Jun 14

Me: “Hi, I’m Alex and I’m a ballerina.” Other: “Ballet, huh? Uhh, I’ve seen ‘Black Swan!’” Now believe me, as a former ballet dancer, I am thrilled when the art to which I have dedicated years of my life in the studio is brought to the center stage of mainstream media. In the past few […]

Making mHealth a Reality

Jun 14

We’ve all had at least one frustrating experience with the health care system. A moment where you’re left thinking: “There has to be a better way of doing this.” For me, these moments often come when the paper-filled world of health care doesn’t jive with my increasingly mobile-based lifestyle. (You can count me in the […]

With Summer Comes Hurricane Season

Jun 01

Today marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, which lasts through November. Today the media is abuzz with the question “are you prepared?” with various experts explaining the steps individuals should take to prepare for hurricane season: Build and emergency kit: In addition to your flashlights, batteries, and canned food, do you have […]

Is Your Life Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

May 24

In both our personal and professional lives, we all encounter situations where the perception of our life glass is either half-full or half-empty. Our response to that age-old question helps to define us as individuals, as well as inform our personal outlook on life. I have been an optimist my entire life, for better (always […]

“Gamifying” Weight Loss and Behavior Change

May 21

We all know that weight loss is a simple equation – more calories expended than consumed. Eat healthy and increase physical activity. But if it was that easy to change behavior, break habits, and stave off cravings, then we would not be facing the problem of obesity among over one third of all adults in […]

Effective Communication Strategies Can Help Reduce Non-Communicable Diseases

May 18

This blog was co-authored by Maria James and Carrie Dooher. Chronic diseases, often referred to as “lifestyle” diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. and also the leading causes of death and disability. According to the Centers […]