Posts Tagged 'physical activity'

You Are What You Tweet

Aug 13

‘Slice of life’ tweets have been some of the most scorned content on the Internet. Who really cares if you’re frying up grass-fed bacon by the pound or binge watching the latest season of House of Cards from your couch? Most of us consider this the custard-like filling of the Twittersphere—lots of calories, little substance. […]

Obesity Rate Declining Among Low-Income Preschoolers

Aug 08

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) delivered good news on Tuesday—obesity among low-income preschoolers declined from 2008 to 2011 in 19 of 43 states and territories studied. California, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New York are among the states that are showing decreases. This month’s CDC Vital Signs serves as a reminder […]

Should We Stress Quality or Quantity (or Both) in Physical Activity Campaigns?

Nov 29

It’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing an advertisement about physical activity and its importance. National campaigns (like NFL’s Play 60 or Partnership for a Healthier America among others) are frequently featured in mainstream media outlets, on social media accounts, and in advertisements. With the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation and affecting both […]

Heads Up about Concussions in Sports

Oct 25

Just the other day, the word concussion came up three separate times. News reports were abuzz with the latest on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s concussion; a new documentary, Head Games by Director Steve James, exploring the consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players, was being promoted; and I overheard two women at […]

Leveling the Playing Field?

Jul 31

As millions of us tuned into the Olympic’s Opening Ceremony we saw for the first time, the United States sending more women than men. During the games, 269 women will wear the red, white, and blue; while only 261 men are part of the U.S. delegation. Athletes like Shawn Johnson, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and Gabby […]

Apps for Healthy Kids

Oct 21

Recently Let’s Move! announced the winners of their Apps for Healthy Kids contest, in which developers, game designers, and other interested folks were invited to create mobile apps for tweens that promote healthy eating and/or physical activity.  The only requirement was that the game or tool had to use USDA data sets that have been […]

I want someone to do my exercise for me, is there an app for that?

May 21

Well, not really.  But mobile technology is emerging as a powerful tool to help people adopt healthy behaviors.  Researchers and developers are looking into ways that mobile technology can be used in a variety of ways—to encourage physical activity in teenagers , to help combat obesity, or to provide pregnant women and new moms with […]