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MTV’s “I Used to be Fat” inspires viewers but may miss the mark on health promotion

With the overwhelming success of  16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, it’s not surprising that MTV is turning out another teen reality series using the similar one-hour documentary-style format.  I Used to be Fat premiered on MTV on December 29, 2010 and so far three episodes have aired. Each episode of I Used to be…

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Feds: “School lunch should be nutritious”

Health communicators saw a major victory Thursday when the Department of Agriculture announced a proposed rule to set nutrition standards for meals served at public schools.  The USDA’s work to establish school lunch nutrition guidelines was mandated by the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” that passed Congress with bipartisan support on Dec. 13, 2010….

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I’ve got some bad news, so you better stand up for it

If you’re reading this, you probably spend at least some time, if not a lot of time, in front of a computer. The Los Angeles Times and other outlets are reporting on a study, conducted by scientists at University College in London that looked at data from 4,512 adults. Those adults who spent two or…

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Arizona shootings and mental health awareness

In the midst of the Arizona tragedy, I hope that there is at least one lesson that comes out of the horrific situation. The act that Jared Loughner allegedly committed is undeniably sad and inexcusable, but draws attention to the need for mental health awareness. As also iterated in the Santa Barbara Independent, although we…

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Communication for state-level policy change not ‘one-size-fits-all’

A new paper out this month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reminds us of the value of communicating both data and stories to state-level policy makers responsible for health promotive legislation. The article, Communicating Evidence-Based Information on Cancer Prevention to State-Level Policy Makers was written by Ross C. Brownson, PhD, and a…

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