Center for Healthy Living Events

  • Oct 6

    Philip R. Nader Legacy of Health Lectureship

    October 6, 2022 11:30 to October 6, 2022 1:00

    Applying a Liberation Nutrition Research Lens to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Dietary Behaviors and Related Health Outcomes: Implications for Research, Practice, and Training

    Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) disproportionately bear the diet-related chronic disease burden in the United States, experiencing higher rates of morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and various types of diet-related cancers. Although these disparities have been well documented, over the past two years, the unprecedented death toll and economic burden associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the increased awareness of structural racism linked with the murder of George Floyd has underscored the multiple ways in which systemic factors, specifically racism and poverty significantly impacts the quality of life in BIPOC communities. While a growing body of research has focused on examining the social and structural drivers of disparities in dietary quality and related health outcomes, theories examining the complex mechanisms linking structural oppression and diet have been limited. This presentation explores the use of a liberation nutrition lens to improve dietary outcomes in BIPOC communities, promote nutrition equity and justice, and advance an anti-racist praxis in nutrition research practice and training. 


    Keynote Speaker:


    Dr. Angela Odoms-Young

    Associate Professor, Food and Nutrition Education
    Director, Food and Nutrition Education
    Equity Visiting Scholar at Feeding America
    Cornell University, Communities Program
    Dr. Angela Odoms-Young is an Associate Professor and Director of the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities Program at Cornell University. Her research centers on understanding the social and structural determinants of dietary behaviors in low-income populations and black, indigenous, and people of color and identifying culturally appropriate programs and policies that promote health equity, food justice, and community resilience. Dr. Odoms-Young has over 20 years’ experience partnering with communities to improve nutrition and health and she has served on numerous advisory committees and boards including the Institute of Medicine committees to revise the food packages provided for WIC, and the Council on Black Health. Dr. Odoms-Young also currently serves as the inaugural Equity Visiting Scholar at Feeding America

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  • Oct 13

    Creating Healthier, More Resilient Kids Through Recess (Outdoor Play)

    October 13, 2022 11:30 to October 13, 2022 12:30

    Sedentary lifestyle choices and inactivity are very common among this generation of elementary aged children, which increases their chances of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, asthma. The school environment may contribute to this problem by offering no more than 20 minutes of recess daily in many elementary schools, while spending the majority of the day focused on classroom content. The LiiNK Project, a whole child intervention, is focused on schools offering four 15-minute recesses, defined as outdoor, unstructured play, during each school day. This webinar will focus on how recess can be highly beneficial to the whole child when offered throughout the day every day. Speaker: Deborah Rhea, EdD

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  • Oct 25

    Cost-Effectiveness Calculators for SUD: A Pilot of Peer Recovery Support Services and Bystander Naloxone Distribution

    October 25, 2022 12:00 to October 25, 2022 1:00

    With funding from the Recovery Research Institute’s pilot grant program, we conducted a preliminary cost-effectiveness analysis of long-term, post-treatment peer recovery support services for substance use disorder. We converted that analysis and an existing analysis of bystander naloxone distribution cost-effectiveness into components of a free, web-based calculator for cost-effectiveness. This presentation will cover the development of the project to date and will introduce participants to the calculator.

    H. Shelton Brown, III, PhD - Associate Professor, Management, Policy & Community Health, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus
    Sierra Castedo de Martell, MPH - Doctoral Candidate, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus
    Margaret B. Moore, MPH - Doctoral Candidate, UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus

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  • Nov 2

    Improving Health Through Nature

    November 2, 2022 12:00 to November 2, 2022 1:00

    This talk will examine the growing body of evidence examining the relationship between improved health and well-being and time spent in nature. Topics will include dose, measuring nature exposure, health benefits and potential pathways through which nature improves health. The development of evidence-based interventions to increase time in nature particularly those that address health disparities will also be covered.

    Speaker: Jay Maddock, Ph.D., FAAHB, Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Texas A&M University; Director for Center for Health and Nature

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