Posts Tagged 'health behaviors'

Does Prevention Have an Expiration Date?

Jan 28

I just read Jason Karlawish’s article Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry.   Karlawish uses singer Leonard Cohen as a way to tee up a very compelling question: “When should we set aside a life lived for the future and, instead, embrace the pleasures of the present?”  Cohen celebrated his 80th birthday this past […]

Do Health and Happiness Go Hand in Hand?

Feb 21

Two nights ago my husband and I stumbled across a growing viral challenge called 100happydays.  Simply put, the challenge draws attention to the fact that in our state of busy schedules and constant connection to communication (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), we as a society are taking less and less time to enjoy the moment, appreciate the joy, […]

New Beginnings

Sep 20

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher As a member of the Social Change Marketing practice, we work for clients, campaigns, programs, and initiatives that strive towards the goal of behavior change. In short, we aspire […]

Is it Enough to Get People Talking?

Jun 14

Despite a 33% drop in the teen pregnancy rate in Chicago, the city’s rate is 1.5 times the national average. To address the issue, Chicago has recently launched a new teen pregnancy campaign that is…unexpected. The PSAs have gained local and national attention for their surprising take on drawing attention to the issue and reminding […]

This is Colon Cancer

Mar 11

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I write this in honor of my husband, John, whom I miss intensely every day. Hopefully our story can help someone else. John and the kids in West Virginia during happy times John Anderson, my husband of fifteen years, died in September after a fierce five month battle […]

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 […]

YouTube Counter-Campaign Videos Seek to Change Behavior

Oct 15

One need only point to the wildfire spread of “Kony 2012” to illustrate the power of a compelling video to disseminate a message quickly and widely. In the last week, three different YouTube videos aimed at behavior change have appeared in my social media stream and piqued my interest. Here’s what the videos have in […]

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 […]

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 […]