OBESITY: Susan Babey, project director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health, was featured in the Oct. 11th Washington Post regarding her research suggesting that the prominent placement of unhealthy food items in stores contributes to chronic health problems like obesity.
AIR QUALITY: Corsair reported Oct. 10th on a study by Yifang Zhu, associate professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, that found that air quality improved dramatically in the Los Angeles area during the weekend closure of the 405 freeway in July 2011. Zhu was quoted.
HIV/AIDS DISPARITIES: Reuters Oct. 10th, and WebMD and Science Codex Oct 9th highlighted an Archives of Internal Medicine editorial by Dr. William Cunningham, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of medicine, about racial disparities in mortality rates for AIDS. The editorial accompanied a study finding that while overall death rates from AIDS have fallen dramatically, rates for less educated blacks remained the highest.
OBESITY: KPCC-89.3 reported Oct. 8th about a $20 million grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded to the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health to battle obesity in minority neighborhoods. The aim is to make it easier for people to drop sedentary habits and poor diets and embrace healthy living. Dr. Antronette Yancey, professor of health policy and management, was referenced for her development of "Instant Recess," a strategy designed to bring 10-minute dance and sports-themed exercise breaks into the daily routine at work, in the classroom or even at Sunday church services.
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor of health policy and management at the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in the Oct. 9th Los Angeles Times about close ties between health insurer Blue Shield and labor unions. Separately, Kominski was quoted in an Oct. 9th Canadian Medical Association Journal article about problems facing Medicare in the U.S.
Dr. Antronette Yancey, a professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in the Oct. 6th US News & World Report about ways we can break our sedentary habits for better health.
William McCarthy, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of psychology, was quoted in a Sept. 5th New York Times article about student reactions to the mandatory transition to healthier servings in U.S. public school lunches.