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Magazine Spring/Summer 2017

UCLA Public Health Magazine

Spring/Summer 2017

Dean's Message

The world produces enough nutritious food for everyone, but many of the most profound public health challenges are food-related.
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Articles

Food sustains life. It brings comfort and joy. It plays a role in defining cultures. Home-cooked and commercially prepared meals bring families together and unite friends, old and new.
When it comes to what constitutes healthy eating, misconceptions abound. FSPH’s Dr. Karin Michels takes on some of the most common ones.
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An ambitious FSPH-led study uses computer simulations to determine the most effective strategies for combating early childhood obesity in community settings.
Through a partnership with the VA, students earn an MPH at the Fielding School while completing their training as a dietitian.
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More than a decade after successfully pushing for the nation’s first soda-and-junk-food ban from public schools, FSPH alum Harold Goldstein continues to make the policy case for healthier eating environments.
Dana Hunnes (MPH ’07, PhD ’13) answers questions about sugary drinks’ nutritional value.
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Soda’s hold over consumers is a “marvel of advertising,” says Dr. Neal Baer, FSPH professor and media expert.
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An FSPH team is working with middle school physical education teachers on ways to ensure their classes stay active and engaged.
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Sophisticated modeling techniques project long-term health benefits and improved classroom performance made possible by reimagining a traditional PE program.
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Dr. William McCarthy’s passion for creating environments that promote healthy eating is hard to miss.
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How can legislative strategies such as increasing the minimum wage improve the nutritional status of a society’s poorest members? FSPH researchers are investigating.
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In China’s tobacco heartland, FSPH professor emerita Virginia Li showed how a crop substitution program could address food security concerns while increasing farmers’ profits.
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FSPH students Tyler Watson and Hannah Malan are leading an effort to understand barriers to healthy eating among college students, and to promote sustainable solutions.
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FSPH’s Nutrition Club improves food literacy and students’ access to quality food.
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As part of the effort to prevent childhood obesity, FSPH is partnering to create tools to help elementary school teachers bring key messages to young children.
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What began as a personal mission to save her family from chronic disease led to Jocelyn Harrison enrolling at the Fielding School. Now she’s made it her mission to help improve nutrition for all.
Q&A
FSPH adjunct associate professor Marion Taylor Baer reflects on strategies to encourage healthier eating, and on the role of policies, for better or worse, in nutrition outcomes.
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Transformative Investments
As an undocumented student set to graduate from UCLA’s three-year dual master’s program in public health and public policy, Regem Corpuz has been motivated by his experience immigrating to the United States as a child, when a clerical error rendered him undocumented.
This Honor Roll gratefully acknowledges gifts and private grants made to the school from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016.

Alumni Hall of Fame

The Fielding School's 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees all have spent their careers working to eliminate health disparities in their communities.

School Work

A look at some of the news happening at the Fielding School.
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Fielding School students who were the recipients of academic awards, scholarships, internships, grants or fellowships during the 2016-17 academic year.