Branching Out

On a day-to-day basis, most of the research we do relates to managing and preventing obesity in children. However, a number of years ago, one of my mentors gave me advice to ‘branch out’ a bit to develop additional research interests and projects, especially ones that were complementary to the studies I spent most of my time on. Continue reading

What Do YOU Value?

The clinical and research work we do day-to-day includes a basic goal – to help families live their healthiest, happiest lives possible. For us, this includes working with families to make and maintain healthy lifestyle, behavioral, and cognitive (LBC) changes to prevent or manage obesity. There are a number of factors that determine the LBC decisions and choices families make to work towards this goal, factors that are usually based on their values and core beliefs.

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What Do You Mean By That?

At a basic level, researchers and health care professionals are in the business of communication. Our target audiences (e.g., other researchers + students versus patients + families) may differ somewhat, and the way that information is shared (e.g., academic papers or seminars versus clinician-to-patient or family conversations) can vary; however, we share common goals in our work to inform and educate.  Continue reading