Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The science of childhood obesity: moving the field forward through the study of both individual behaviors and environmental factors

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We've said it, and we'll say it again: approximately 32 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese in the United States; these rates are even higher in Texas, according to national data.

In our effort and mission to address child health issues through research, service and education, Center researchers published eight new articles this week as part of a special obesity issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The issue, titled “The Science of Childhood Obesity: An Individual to Societal Framework,” delivers insights into how to solve the child obesity epidemic and close the gap in our current understanding of its causes.

Below, our very own Dr Deanna M. Hoelscher reveals more about this research and the future of work in this field. This is a cross-post from the BioMed Central blog network.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Escaping the TV Show Binge

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Summer used to mean a television hiatus. In the old days when four networks dominated the airwaves, TV went on vacation when you did and you had to wait until fall to see new content. Now summer is prime time for Netflix premieres; Wi-Fi has replaced airwaves; and it’s easy to stream a show on the Internet whenever you want. All this new media has given rise to a uniquely modern peril: binge-watching.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Springer

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You can find Dr. Andrew Springer just about anywhere. Whether he’s promoting physical activity and tobacco use prevention in Uruguay or advancing community health collaboration in our local Austin schools, Dr. Springer knows how to stay busy and contribute a collaborative nature to the public health world. Learn more about his current work in this faculty spotlight video!

You can learn more about what Dr. Springer is doing around the word and the impactful projects he works on here on his faculty page.

Every month we will highlighting two faculty members of the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. Tune in each month to learn more about their current projects, thoughts on public health, and advice to future students.

Video and content created by:
Kate McKerlie
MPH Candidate and Graduate Assistant
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus