Posts Tagged 'Public Health'

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of Your “Neighborhood”

Sep 27

What does your neighborhood mean to you? You probably devoted a great deal of time to picking it out. It’s the home to your home, where you retreat to be around those you love; it’s where you relax but also where you make important plans that affect your life. Though we may not realize it, […]

Courage and Creativity in Social Marketing: Learning from the life of Lyn Lusi

Jul 09

I was deeply moved by the Economist’s obituary of Lyn Lusi. I had not heard of her or of her work running the hospital, HEAL Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I did not know both George Clooney and Hilary Clinton are among her admirers. I did not know that she was responsible for […]

Come Dance With Me

Jun 14

Me: “Hi, I’m Alex and I’m a ballerina.” Other: “Ballet, huh? Uhh, I’ve seen ‘Black Swan!’” Now believe me, as a former ballet dancer, I am thrilled when the art to which I have dedicated years of my life in the studio is brought to the center stage of mainstream media. In the past few […]

“Gamifying” Weight Loss and Behavior Change

May 21

We all know that weight loss is a simple equation – more calories expended than consumed. Eat healthy and increase physical activity. But if it was that easy to change behavior, break habits, and stave off cravings, then we would not be facing the problem of obesity among over one third of all adults in […]

Skinny, Unscripted: Reality TV’s Effect on Body Image beyond the Small Screen

May 17

Full disclosure: I’m a bit addicted to “The Bachelor.” Every few months, a new season premieres on ABC and, every few months, I swear to myself that this will be the last season I watch. But before I realize that it’s happened, I’ve been sucked back down into the abyss of beautiful people, scripted drama, […]

Introducing OgilvyEngage

May 16

The Business of Behavior Companies increasingly recognize that if societies falter, their business can’t succeed. Accordingly, many enterprises acknowledge that it is a business imperative to get people to change individual behaviors around such issues as driving safely, eating healthier, taking medications regularly, staying out of debt  and others. Through corporate responsibility commitments, sustainability initiatives, […]

Want to be smarter? Try dressing like a doctor.

May 10

As a preteen in the 80s, my demands for Guess jeans and Z Cavaricci shorts were met repeatedly with the same wise—but at the time, annoying—words from my mom: “It’s not what you wear. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” Even though she was doing it more in the “we’re not buying you those […]

“China’s Evolving Social Health Initiative: A Metaphor for New China?”

May 01

*The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.* World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health literacy: The cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good […]