obesity solutions in the news

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Obesity Solutions in the News

Biomedical engineering major and Obesity Solutions intern Courtney Van Bussum has created FitStart Kids, a tool for children struggling with obesity that combines wearable activity-monitoring technology with mentorship, education and built-in gamification.

Three interdisciplinary teams of ASU students took top honors for their unique solutions to the growing trend of obesity in youth. Their efforts were part of a university-wide challenge sponsored by Obesity Solutions, the College of Health Solutions and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' social sciences schools.

ASU President's Professor Alexandra Brewis Slade is a leading researcher of fat stigma and its effects on personal well-being. She recently convened a workshop to explore this overlooked field and to devise ways of moving it forward.

FitPHX Energy Zones – a program run by Obesity Solutions in partnership with the City of Phoenix Mayor's Office, Phoenix Parks and Recreation, Phoenix Public Libraries and Maricopa County Department of Public Health – has been awarded an NFL Super Bowl Legacy Grant.

Working at a desk can create health problems, including raising your risk of developing conditions like obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. In a recent New York Daily News article Obesity Solutions co-director James Levine chimes in on the dangers of — as well as some solutions to — a sedentary work situation.

ASU Regents' Professor and Obesity Solutions affiliated faculty Barbara Ainsworth provides her insight on the latest rankings of the American College of Sports Medicine's 2014 American Fitness Index, which places Phoenix at 36th out of 50 U.S. cities. Ainsworth is a co-director of the Fitness Index board.

Obesity Solutions co-director Jim Levine will participate in the "Validating Clinical Data to Reinvent Medicine" panel at the mHealth Summit, the world's largest mobile health event. The panel will feature the ASU-led Project HoneyBee, based in part on Levine's work with wearable sensors.

The work of Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and Obesity Solutions co-director James Levine is the basis for a new project between ASU and Dublin City University. Project HoneyBee is designed to validate wearable sensor data in order to improve patient outcomes.

"Sitting is the new smoking" in terms of today's common health menaces. Health and wellness writer Jeanne Dorin tapped the knowledge of Obesity Solutions co-director James Levine – long on the frontlines of the battle against sedentary lifestyles – for a recent article on why sitting too much is bad for us and what we can do about it.

The latest report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that Arizona's obesity rate remains relatively unchanged from last year. While the news appears good, a closer look at specific issues, like the long-term view and the trend among ethnic groups, shows reason for concern.

Sitting too much has been linked to 34 chronic diseases and conditions. Obesity Solutions co-director and endocrinologist James Levine recently talked with USA Today about the importance of frequent non-exercise movement.

Obesity Solutions co-director James Levine was among the health care leaders who gathered recently to discuss the Center for Sustainable Health's new "Project HoneyBee," centered on wearable biosensors. Levine, a trailblazer in the field, created "magic underwear" nearly 20 years ago to monitor patients at risk for coronary disease.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and the city's FitPHX program have partnered with Obesity Solutions, a joint Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University initiative, and Maricopa County Department of Public Health to create Energy Zones that offer active nutrition and fitness education to middle school-aged students.

Recent stories by WIRED and CBS 5 News in Phoenix featured cutting-edge educational research by Mina Johnson-Glenberg, director of Arizona State University’s Embodied Games for Learning Lab. The ASU learning scientist has developed “mixed-reality” games that get kids doing arm circles, jumping jacks and dance moves to learn science-related subjects using whole-body activity that helps knowledge retention.

For three years now, Fleming has had a standing desk in his office. There are chairs for when people come to visit, but for the most part, he is on his feet and moving around. "I'm more comfortable at the end of the day, and I have freedom of mind knowing I'm not opening the door for more clots," he said. Plus, the 50-year-old reported his focus has improved since he replaced his traditional desk. Stories like this don't come as a surprise to researcher and physician James Levine, a professor of medicine for Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

After using a treadmill desk for two months, Alex Howard is seeing positive changes. Read about the reported health and productivity benefits that are motivating some workers to walk while they work. 

After the first year of its existence, Obesity Solutions at ASU has begun stimulating students to pursue healthier behaviors by implementing innovative programs and projects with high hopes for the future, according to those involved in the program.

Learning Sciences Institute Associate Research Professor Mina Johnson-Glenberg and graduate students Hue Henry, Ken Koontz, and Chris Dean — received $12,000 to develop an educational game that uses body gestures for learning. Alien Health Game, the first in what Johnson-Glenberg hopes will be a suite of products from her company, Embodied Games for Learning LLC, teaches elementary-school children about nutrition and “gets them up out of their seats while learning,” she explains.

Barbara Ainsworth, associate director of the ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and professor of exercise and wellness in the College of Health Solutions, has dedicated much of her career to the public health impact of physical activity.
It’s a fairly new field of study, having grabbed the attention of government researchers only 25 or so years ago.

It might resemble the hokey pokey, but these students doing arm circles, jumping jacks and dance steps are actually learning about nutrition and physics using whole-body movements shown to help knowledge retention. Such “mixed-reality” games that merge the digital with the physical are being developed and tested by Mina Johnson-Glenberg in Arizona State University’s Embodied Games for Learning Lab.

We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.

Fitness club members will be able to use a touch screen console to record activity, then pipe it to a personal health record.

Obesity Solutions project manager Samantha Calvin is co-investigating health and nutrition pilot study in homeless children. Samantha is working with Diana Jacobson and Dr. Brian Lynch on this project, for which they have received a seed-grant.

Jeff Speck talks about the walkable city and why we need it for sustained national health. He mentions Dr. James A. Levine, Co-Director of Obesity Solutions, at 7:50.

As an anthropology graduate student in the late 80s, Alexandra Brewis Slade carried out field projects in the Pacific Islands on women’s fertility and family planning. While Pacific Islanders at that time were among some of the most overweight populations on earth, she never heard obesity mentioned as a health problem even once. The islanders scolded her for being “too skinny” to attract a husband. When she moved to expand a Samoan body image project at the University of Auckland in the early 90s, a colleague warned her that obesity was a marginal area for a social scientist to work in, a bit odd and freakish, and its explicit study was probably not the best career move.

Co-workers wear their walking shoes if they’ve scheduled a meeting with Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. He’s not known as the leader of the emerging field of “inactivity studies” for nothing.

Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and College of Nursing and Health Innovation are working together to create a healthier environment in support of research about health and the dangers of sedentary lifestyles in the workplace, which has been revealed by such ASU faculty members as Healthy Lifestyles director Glenn Gaesser and international obesity expert James A. Levine.

Camp CRAVE is an interactive summer camp that combines food, fun and fitness. Taught by ASU nutrition students, campers in grades 4-6 learn the importance of healthy living, including how to prepare a nutritious meal by incorporating the new USDA MyPlate guidelines.

VIDEO: Alexandra Brewis Slade, director and professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2013 President’s Professor for her contributions to undergraduate education at ASU. She also is ASU-Mayo Clinic Obesity Solutions director of operations.

Alexandra Brewis Slade, director and professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2013 President’s Professor for her contributions to undergraduate education at ASU. She also is ASU-Mayo Clinic Obesity Solutions director of operations.

Dr. Levine has examined the role of urbanization in the upswing of obesity in recent decades. He suggests walking at work as a way to reverse this trend.

ASU PhD candidate, Devina Wadhera conducted a study that found that cutting food into small pieces resulted in 40% fewer calories consumed.

For the past 3 years, ASU PhD student, Lynn Wilke has been studying the psychology of supertasters under Dr. Betty Phillips at ASU.

The "ASU Every Little Step Counts" study will examine the effects of a community-based diabetes prevention program for Latino adolescents, with the goal of reducing obesity-related health disparities in this population.

The Obesity Solutions Funding Challenge, which opened Feb. 1, will close for entries at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 3. To mark the closing of the competition, Obesity Solutions will host a Last Hours Event at Changemaker Central from 1 to 3:30 p.m., March 3, in the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus. The purpose of the event is to hold informal office hours for contestants who feel their submissions could benefit from last-minute tweaks or guidance. Additionally, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network with each other while enjoying some light snacks.

The Obesity Solutions Funding Challenge officially kicked off Jan. 31 with an event that invited all those who are interested in combating obesity to come together and discuss potential solutions.  The Obesity Solutions Funding Challenge is an opportunity for anyone with an idea for an innovative way to combat obesity to get the project off the ground. Winners of the Funding Challenge will receive up to $10,000 in seed funding to start their project, along with mentoring from ASU’s Venture Catalyst group as well as access to real-world investors.   

ASU's James Levine, co-director of the Obesity Solutions Initiative, was quoted in Bowes' article about the health benefits of using a treadmill desk to counter the many health risks of sitting all day, which include hypertension, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and a predisposition to diabetes, to name a few.

Obesity Solutions, a partnership between ASU and the Mayo Clinic beginning Thursday, will challenge the ASU community to design an innovative solution to the obesity problem.

Arizona State University is confronting the worldwide health challenge of obesity head-on, gathering some of the world’s foremost experts on its faculty and partnering with Mayo Clinic on an ambitious undertaking, the Obesity Solutions Initiative.

Q & A with James Levine, a world-renowned obesity researcher at the Mayo Clinic who recently joined ASU as co-director of the Obesity Solutions Initiative.  Levine has worked for 25 years with patients who are struggling to lose weight, and has published his research widely.

Arizona State University is showing its commitment to health once again by launching an Obesity Solutions Funding Challenge, which will officially kick off Jan. 31. The goal is to encourage community members to get involved with developing solutions to the growing obesity epidemic by coming forward with their own ideas to address the issue.  

James A. Levine, a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and a world-renowned leader in obesity research and child advocacy, has recently been named co-director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative.

James A. Levine, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and a world-renowned leader in obesity research and child advocacy, has been named co-director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative.