Childhood Nutrition Education: What Works, What Doesn’t and What’s Missing
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Childhood Nutrition Education: What Works, What Doesn’t and What’s Missing

Feed them and weigh them. Such were the words of nutrition education pioneer, Mary Schwartz Rose, in regards to some of the earliest studies on malnutrition. Today, though the topic of discussion has shifted from malnutrition to obesity, nutrition education still promises healthier and happier lives. However – while some programs promote fruits and vegetables, and others … Continue reading

Scooby Wekstatt: What He Taught Us About Health Communication
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Scooby Wekstatt: What He Taught Us About Health Communication

On July 21, 2013, Scooby Wekstatt, the fisherman hat-wearing bodybuilder who took the internet by storm, bid farewell to the YouTube community. News of his departure came as a shock to fans and fitness experts alike, whom long considered Scooby as the “Godfather of YouTube fitness.” Scooby is first and foremost the founder of Scooby’s Workshop, an online community … Continue reading

Nutrition And Physical Activity: Not Just Fun and Games
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Nutrition And Physical Activity: Not Just Fun and Games

Did you spend your childhood driving a wagon? Buying spare axles and hunting bison? How about chasing thieves across the world? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then chances are that you were once under the influence of serious video games.  Some may recall The Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, games that we look … Continue reading

VERB™ It’s What We Used To Do.
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VERB™ It’s What We Used To Do.

VERB™ It’s what you do. If you were a tween at the turn of the century, you might remember this phrase plaguing TV screens, magazines, the radio and the internet. VERB™ was  a national, multicultural, social marketing campaign coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite the long title, the … Continue reading

How To Evaluate The Built Environment: Tools For Measuring Physical Activity
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How To Evaluate The Built Environment: Tools For Measuring Physical Activity

When given the opportunity, children choose to play. Play is recognized as the primary occupation of children, and every child has the right to play. Moreover, play promotes physical activity which may reduce the risk of obesity, decrease stress, and improve academic performance. Across the world, play varies according to the physical landscape, the built environment design, social norms, … Continue reading