Redstone Center Director Bill Dietz and #GWSPH DrPH student Wendy Ellis are working on the Building Community Resilience initiative. It connects community services and support with the medical system to help adults & kids who may live in areas where they're exposed to trauma, violence, hunger, homelessness or neglect. Learn more about the project, and how it aims to reduce the health impact of adverse childhood experiences: Obesity, Zip Code and Adversity: New Action Toward a Resilient Community Solution
"It is important to provide parents with information about their child's weight, and a growing number of pediatricians are accordingly doing BMI screening during wellness visits, GWSPH Redstone Center Director Bill Dietz said. However, context makes all the difference. Physicians and public health officials need to do a better job of communicating the health risks of obesity -- which includes diabetes -- rather than just telling people a BMI range to aim for, Dietz said." via CNN Health If parents see kids as overweight, they're more likely to be
Don't forget! Tomorrow (April 20th) is the group photo for the I Heart GWSPH Campaign. Wear your I <3 GW Public Health t-shirt and meet us on the 2nd Floor of 950 New Hampshire Ave at 12:15pm. Didn't pick up your shirt, yet? Pick it up tomorrow & then stay for the group photo!
A moving story about how Beacon House in DC is changing the lives of the kids in the community it serves. Through her research, #GWSPH Researcher Monica Ruiz found that Beacon House athletes had higher levels of self-esteem, were more resilient and were less likely to succumb to peer pressure. They also were more likely to stay in school. She calls it "The Beacon House Effect." The 'Beacon House effect': D.C. nonprofit uses sports to put youths on path to empowerment
A new study by #GWSPH Researcher Ami Zota found that people who reported consuming more fast food were exposed to higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates belong to a class of industrial chemicals used to make food packaging materials, tubing for dairy products, and other items used in the production of fast food. Fast Food May Expose Consumers to Harmful Chemicals Called Phthalates
Today is GW Flag Day - a day to highlight the key role philanthropy plays in advancing GW. Visit us on the first floor of our building to learn more & a chance to get some school swag! GW Alumnus Michael Hope has said he will make a $100K gift for student aid if 12,000 alumni make gifts by April 12. See how many more alumni need to donate to meet his goal: https://campaign.gwu.edu/gw-flag-day Milken Institute School of Public Health