Feb. 9, 2010

What's News - 3 home routines lower risk of childhood obesity; Reminder: Panel discussion to examine science behind local author's novel
Faces and Places - HSMP alumnus opens registered nurse call center; Media Mentions
Tip of the Week - CPH-themed flyers
Useful Tidbits - CCTS pilot grants for community engagement in health-related research; APPA Annual Meeting, March 4-6
The World We Live In - Poll finds most Americans think H1N1 pandemic is over; Olympic security gears up for possible public health threats
Photo Finish - Tracking tobacco

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3 home routines lower risk of childhood obesity

Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, is the lead author of a new national study that suggests preschool-aged children are likely to have a lower risk for obesity if they regularly engage in one or more of three specific household routines: eating dinner as a family, getting adequate sleep and limiting their weekday television viewing time.

In a large sample of the U.S. population, the study showed that 4-year-olds living in homes with all three routines had an almost 40 percent lower prevalence of obesity than did children living in homes that practiced none of these routines.

"The routines were protective even among groups that typically have a high risk for obesity. This is important because it suggests that there's a potential for these routines to be useful targets for obesity prevention in all children," Anderson said.

The study appears online and is scheduled for publication in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics. It was funded by the Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. Read more > (Also see Media Mentions below.)

Sarah Anderson

Reminder: Panel discussion to examine science behind local author's novel

Two College of Public Health faculty members served as expert sources for a local author whose new novel follows a Columbus family facing a fictional deadly pandemic that paralyzes their community. Frank Holtzhauer and Armando Hoet, and Veterinary Medicine Professor Richard Slemons, were interviewed by Carla Buckley for her debut novel The Things That Keep Us Here. All three professors are members of Ohio State's Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases initiative. Some of you may know that Carla Buckley is the wife of EHS Chair Tim Buckley.

Hoet, Slemons and the author will participate in a panel discussion about the science behind the novel at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Barnes and Noble The Ohio State University Bookstore, 1598 N. High St. The discussion will be heard on "All Sides with Ann Fisher," which airs on WOSU-AM. For more information, contact Communications Director Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu. Read more >

Read an interview with the author that appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 7 >

HSMP alumnus opens registered nurse call center

Ted Merhoff (MHA '94) of Nashville-based HCCA International has opened a registered nurse call/contact center and is interested in connecting with fellow MPH or MHA alumni who have an interest in acute care readmission prevention, chronic disease management, patient satisfaction programs and telephonic nursing for public health campaigns. For more information call Merhoff at 615-255-7187 or e-mail tmerhoff@hccaintl.com.


Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, was recently featured in a variety of national and international news media for her research on childhood obesity prevention. The Columbus Dispatch published an article titled "Family routines cut the risk of childhood obesity" on Feb. 8; U.S. News & World Report ran an article titled "3 habits help youngsters stay slim" on Feb. 8; Time.com posted an article titled "Obesity in Kids: Three Lifestyle Changes that Help;" msnbc.com posted a story titled "3 simple steps can cut child obesity.;" and CNN posted "How to fight childhood obesity in 3 steps." Other news coverage included NPR and News Talk 610 WTVN.

Jeff Caswell, associate professor emeritus in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was quoted in an articled titled "Higher co-pays backfire, study says" that published in the Columbus Dispatch Feb. 8. Read more >

Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research in the Division of Epidemiology, was a featured expert in an article titled "Experts stress need for colon-cancer tests" in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 5. Read more >


CPH-THEMED FLYERS -- Blank flyer templates are available on the transfer drive here: T:\Communications Office\CPH Templates\New CPH Flyer Templates. The standard CPH lecture flyer template is still available as well. This tip is brought to you by the CPH Communications Office.

CCTS pilot grants for community engagement in health-related research

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has created a Community Engagement Program to increase and improve two-way partnerships between researchers and communities. The purpose of this RFA is to support Ohio State faculty doing health-related research in developing sustainable community partnerships and conducting rigorous research with community involvement. Deadline is March 15. Click here for more information >

APPA Annual Meeting, March 4-6

The American Psychopathological Association will hold its 100th annual meeting March 4-6 at the Grand Hyatt New York hotel in New York City. This year's meeting, themed "Mental Health in Public Health: The Next 100 Years," will address mental health disparities and populations at risk for illness; shifting demographics; changes in mental health from youth to older age; issues that shape the debate about public mental health; and new approaches to including mental health in public health. For more information and to register visit http://www.appassn.org.


Poll finds most Americans think H1N1 pandemic is over

Most Americans do not intend to get the swine flu vaccine, assume the pandemic is over and think the flu threat was overblown according to a poll released Feb. 5 by the Harvard School of Public Health. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Olympic security gears up for possible public health threats

There are plans to deal with worst-case scenarios during the Games: the detonation of a radioactive "dirty" bomb; an anthrax attack; a crippling blizzard; a mass evacuation from Canada triggered by a public health crisis. (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >

TRACKING TOBACCO -- Loren Kenda, a PhD student in geography, is lending his expertise of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to a public-health study on the marketing of smokeless-tobacco products in Ohio's Appalachian region. Last week Kenda traveled with Professor Mary Ellen Wewers to southern Ohio where they looked for volunteers to carry the units, which look like mini cell phones. The researchers are interested in tracking what kind of tobacco advertising that people are exposed to while going about their daily routines. The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Photo Request:
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FEB. 11

The Science of Fiction: Panel discussion featuring College of Public Health faculty, 4 p.m., Ohio State Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 1598 N. High St. Armando Hoet joins veterinary Medicine Professor Richard Slemons and local author, Carla Buckley, to discuss the science behind her debut novel "The Things That Keep Us Here." The panel will be moderated by WOSU's Ann Fisher for her program "All Sides with Ann Fisher." For more information, e-mail comalley@cph.osu.edu.

FEB. 24

Opportunities Fair: 3-5 p.m., Recreation and Physical Activity Center. The College of Public Health event provides an opportunity for students to visit with recruiters who are seeking graduate-level students for practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. For more information, contact Dawn Williams, coordinator of academic advising and professional development, at 614-366-0953 or Williams.3388@osu.edu.

Tales from the Field: "Going Green," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. College of Public Health Alumni Society presents its quarterly lunch-n-learn featuring John Remy of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. RSVP is not required, but encouraged at buckeyes@cph.osu.edu. Lunch will be provided.

FEB. 27
Alumni and Student Bowling Night: 7:30 p.m., Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd. Presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. with free appetizers at Roosters, 2454 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., and continues across the street with bowling at 9 p.m. Cost is $4 per game and includes shoe rental. RSVP by Feb. 25 to buckeyes@cph.osu.edu.
Public Policy Institute: The Ohio Public Health Association and the Center for Public Health Practice present "Putting the Public in Public Health: Using public dialogue to make informed policy choices" at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. Cost: $80 for OPHA members; $110 for non-OPHA members; and $50 for students. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ohiopha.org, call 614-635-0207 or e-mail lhall@ohiopha.org.
ACHE Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., location to be determined.
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