Diet and Exercise

Joy of Jumping Boosts Virginia Business

Dec 10, 2015

The modern-day trampoline was introduced in 1936 by a professional - a circus acrobat, and the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against their use at home.  In fact, more than a million people went to emergency rooms between 2002 and 2011 with injuries sustained while jumping. But that hasn't stopped indoor trampoline parks from springing up all over the state.

 

 

Does just seeing Ronald McDonald put you in the mood for a burger and fries?  Well, that effect is even stronger for children, who are bombarded with billions of dollars worth of food advertising brought to them by the media characters they love. 

It’s the low hanging fruit in the childhood obesity epidemic.  Redirect the power of advertising to promote foods to children that are lower in salt, sugar and fat.  And by promote, researchers mean, use the extraordinary power of media characters like Dora the Explorer and Tony the Tiger before her to deliver the message. 

Communicating with the Flip-Chip

Nov 30, 2014

A University of Virginia Medical Clinic sees one or two patients a week for injuries from…of all things…yoga.

That’s an unfortunate side effect of the practice’s boom…20.4 million Americans do yoga and on average spend $500 a year on clothes and retreats. 

In a downtown Charlottesville gym, I am surrounded by the standard yoga gear:  a mat, two foam blocks, a strap, and a blanket, but for the first time in the ten years that I’ve taken yoga , a teacher hands me a coaster-sized accessory I’ve never seen before -- called a Flip-Chip.

  

In recent years, as the National Park Service has faced deep funding cuts and a stagnant number of visitors, the country's demographic changes have made its problems more pronounced.

Most visitors to National Parks are white, and increasingly, they're also older.  For instance,  Virginia’s  Shenandoah National Park is one of the nation’s most visited and accessible parks, yet recent research out of the University of Idaho indicates that 92% of visitors in 2011 were white.  

Creating Healthy Life Habits Through Art

Sep 22, 2014

Hold your smartphone at arm’s length and point the camera at yourself….the term “selfie” was officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this year. Now, some Roanoke and Blacksburg High School art students are creating another kind of selfie; one that could influence their health habits in years to come. 

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