A Killer Tan

Using Sociology 101 to Execute a Successful Teen Health Education Campaign As summer officially draws to a close, it signals the end of lounging by the beach or pool and working on your tan.  However, for more than 30 percent of Caucasian high school girls, tanned skin is a not just a summer phenomenon.  With [...]

The Fear Factor: Getting Americans to Choose Vaccination over the Flu

By Kim Blake (@kimkblake) If you are like many Americans, you’re watching the news in a panic because the flu is rampant and you didn’t get your flu shot.  It’s not like this is the first time it’s happened – the flu comes around every year just like birthdays and anniversaries.  But, like a bad [...]

Nutrition Activism for Healthier Kids – Does it work?

By April Sciacchitano (@aprilcs)  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued millions in grant money to 25 states to fight obesity. While access and education are the typical weapons in the anti-obesity arsenal, some dollars are being applied to nutrition activism – essentially lobbying for policy changes around nutrition. Lobbying isn’t the intended [...]

Can Hospital Quality Data Be Social?

By Jenn Riggle What would you do if your doctor handed you the results of a medical test and walked away? Without a medical degree, the results would be jibberish, forcing you to either find someone else to interpret the information or turn to the Internet and try to make sense of it yourself. The [...]