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  • Hoelscher appointed to serve on national committee to advise the development of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines

    Hoelscher appointed to serve on national committee to advise the development of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines

    Published: January 29, 2023

    The Committee will be tasked with reviewing the current body of science on key nutrition topics and developing a scientific report that includes its independent assessment of the evidence and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as they develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (the Guidelines).

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  • Moving Toward Transportation Justice

    Moving Toward Transportation Justice

    Published: January 19, 2023

    Researchers from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living recently published a case study on the City of Austin’s process of dividing and prioritizing $27.5 million dollars for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) improvements from the 2016 Mobility Bond. To the authors’ knowledge, this was the largest amount of money allocated to SRTS improvements within one municipality to date. Council members chose to split the money equally across city council districts, so that improvements could be implemented across the city; however, data show that there might have been a better way to distribute the funds to more adequately address areas with greater need.

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  • TX SPAN Data Explorer

    TX SPAN Data Explorer

    Published: January 17, 2023

    The population of Texas is a bellwether for the larger demographic shifts we have seen nationwide. Texas’ young, diverse population can tell us a lot about the health status of children in both the state and the nation, especially since one of every 10 children in the U.S. lives in Texas. The Texas School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (Texas SPAN) is a statewide serial cross-sectional surveillance study that measures the health status of school-aged children by collecting state-representative data about their diets, activity levels, and other related behaviors.

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  • Creating and Maintaining Healthy Habits in 2023

    Creating and Maintaining Healthy Habits in 2023

    Published: January 12, 2023

    Dolores Woods, RDN, spoke to Univision Houston Channel 45 about creating and maintaining healthy habits in 2023.

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  • Reintroducing the Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration

    Reintroducing the Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration

    Published: December 21, 2022

    With the 2022 Texas general election completed and the legislators and legislators-elect beginning to file bills for the 88th Legislative Session, it is essential to have a data-driven, reputable source for public health policy. The Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration Project (TX RPC) serves as a resource for legislative offices, advocates, and constituents interested in policies that make Texans healthier.

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  • Healthy options for holiday meals

    Healthy options for holiday meals

    Published: December 21, 2022

    Dolores Woods, MA, RDN, appeared on FOX 26 News to talk about healthy alternatives to popular holiday treats. The interview was shared online.

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  • Study finds link between patient satisfaction and likelihood of bariatric surgery

    Study finds link between patient satisfaction and likelihood of bariatric surgery

    Published: December 19, 2022

    Patients who are satisfied with their physicians are more likely to follow through with metabolic or bariatric surgery (MBS) regardless of racial or ethnic group, according to a study led by Center faculty member Dr. Sarah Messiah.

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  • Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

    Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

    Published: December 19, 2022

    As the holiday season gets into full swing, many of us are excited to spend some much-needed time with family and friends. Whether your holidays consist of gathering with the entire family or relaxing with a hard-earned vacation, we all want to enjoy happy and healthy celebrations. Here are some tips to make the holidays the most wonderful time of the year!

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  • Reflecting on our Language: Stakeholder

    Reflecting on our Language: Stakeholder

    Published: December 16, 2022

    The Austin Campus Diversity & Inclusion Committee is committed to sharing best practices that foster an inclusive environment and encourage open and honest communication. This includes confronting the systems and policies that have perpetuated generational injustice and health inequities. One way to approach this is by addressing the language we use daily, both in our professional work as researchers and in our personal interactions outside of work. The words and phrases we use matter and shape the interactions we have within our communities and work spaces. For the first Reflecting On Our Language series, we explore the term stakeholder.

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  • A Conversation with Dr. Ethan Hunt

    A Conversation with Dr. Ethan Hunt

    Published: December 15, 2022

    Dr. Ethan Hunt, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Austin, recently sat down for an interview during which he shared the experiences that helped shape his interests as a student and public health professional.

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