obesity solutions in the news

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Obesity Solutions in the News

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.