Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Blog


  • Research Spotlight: 5% of Teenagers Meeting Physical Activity, Sleep, and Screen Time Guidelines

    Research Spotlight: 5% of Teenagers Meeting Physical Activity, Sleep, and Screen Time Guidelines

    June 12, 2019

    In 2018, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 27% of high school students are meeting the guidelines for physical activity and sleep.

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  • Bike to Work Spotlight: Kevin Lanza

    Bike to Work Spotlight: Kevin Lanza

    May 17, 2019

    Kevin Lanza, PhD, MCRP, is the Michael & Susan Dell Center Post-Doctoral Fellow and helps to promote physical activity of children. In his spare time, you can find Dr. Lanza running on the hike-and-bike trail or eating tacos. In celebration of Bike to Work Day, Dr. Lanza shares how he got started biking to work and some tips for beginners.

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  • Spotlight on Forest Creek Elementary’s Diversity Project: Sculpting Social Connections

    Spotlight on Forest Creek Elementary’s Diversity Project: Sculpting Social Connections

    May 6, 2019

    Forest Creek Elementary is a one of a kind school that showcased their unique community of culturally diverse families by launching a ceramic art project. They utilized their mini-grant to implement their school wide installation, the “FCE Diversity Project.” The project was geared towards enriching their students’ social emotional skills through art and opened dialogue centering on tradition and identity.

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  • Workplace Spotlight: Valley Baptist Medical Center, Brownsville

    Workplace Spotlight: Valley Baptist Medical Center, Brownsville

    April 30, 2019

    Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas, provides comprehensive services to the greater Brownsville community and is part of the Valley Baptist Health System that serves the Rio Grande Valley. VBMC was designated as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite in July 2018.

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  • Spotlight on Saturday Sweat Sessions: Picking Up Weights and Putting Down Screens

    Spotlight on Saturday Sweat Sessions: Picking Up Weights and Putting Down Screens

    April 24, 2019

    Central Texas Table of Grace’s mission is to create a loving, nurturing, home-like environment for displaced youth in the Central Texas area. They utilized their mini-grant to launch a new program called “Saturday Sweat Sessions” that teaches sustainable healthy life skills to youth so they can use their skills as a way to build resilience and take control of their physical and emotional health.

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  • Lectureship Spotlight: Ross C. Brownson, PhD

    Lectureship Spotlight: Ross C. Brownson, PhD

    April 9, 2019

    Dr. Brownson is the Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies the translation of evidence to public health practice and policy, with a content focus on environmental and policy determinants of chronic diseases. As a teaser for the Lectureship, we asked Dr. Brownson a few questions.

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  • National Nutrition Month: Salad Dressing Competition

    National Nutrition Month: Salad Dressing Competition

    March 28, 2019

    March was National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to promote healthy food options and eating habits. Here at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, we wanted to celebrate National Nutrition Month with our faculty and staff by hosting a Salad Swap and homemade salad dressing competition.

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  • National Nutrition Month: What are your eating habits?

    National Nutrition Month: What are your eating habits?

    March 22, 2019

    If you are one of the countless Americans who made a new year’s resolution to eat healthier in 2019, you might be needing some motivation by now. Worry not, National Nutrition Month is here to offer up some great tips and encourage you to keep your resolve.

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  • A New Way to Look at Resolutions: 19 Healthy Things to Do in 2019

    A New Way to Look at Resolutions: 19 Healthy Things to Do in 2019

    January 3, 2019

    Happy New Year! Are you someone who is looking for a new start in the new year? The beginning of the year is a great time to start healthy habits, since 2019 is a clean slate.

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  • Three Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat That Are Healthy

    Three Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat That Are Healthy

    November 6, 2018

    It’s Sunday and you are planning your meals for the week. You start a grocery list and begin with: chicken, potatoes, green beans…. and then you realize- you are tired of eating the same foods! What do you do? When food boredom strikes, try incorporating one of these three unique plants into your next meal

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