New podcast explores ways to halt the childhood obesity epidemic

Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a funder of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, asked consulting firm The Greatest Good to put together a brainstorming session on childhood obesity.

The session was taped for podcast on the radio series “Freakanomics” called “100 Ways to Fight Obesity.” The discussion explores the biological, behavioral, political, and economic angles of obesity and features a panel of leaders in the childhood obesity field. Continue reading

Former BEAT Institute participant helping to improve health of her community

The 2012 Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute is happening now in Boston, Mass.

The goals of the Institute are to: prepare investigators and practitioners to use both observational and self-report measures of nutrition and activity environments and related behavioral assessments through lectures, fieldwork, hands-on skills, group work and individual consultation; and increase the number of professionals qualified to conduct built environment assessments for nutrition and physical activity.

We sat down with a BEAT Institute graduate to learn more about the “built environment” education she received. Continue reading