Recent blog posts by Aliya
Jan 21, 2013
Childhood obesity lessons: The E.R. looked overwhelming. Then I remembered to approach my first night one step at a time.
The big take way from recent good news about childhood obesity rates is this: Don't get overwhelmed. Put one foot in front of the other and just go.
Oct 26, 2012
Sometimes, health advocacy has nothing to do with using our voices; we advocate with our wallets, too. We can be demand agents, purchasing, using and frequenting healthy options (be they parks or sidewalks or fresh fruits and vegetables) with abandon.
Oct 18, 2012
Everyone working in public health knows that the obesity crisis in America is about much more than personal responsibility. (Hopefully much of America has made that leap by now.) But we also know that even the biggest changes start at home with one small step.
Aug 23, 2012
An important part of our role as a public health community is translation - making our data compelling, relevant and actionable to the people who will ultimately determine the success or failure of our efforts: parents, teachers, cafeteria managers, mayors, school district leaders, business owners, and others.
May 14, 2012
You may have heard that if you’re doing public health well, no one really knows you’re doing it. Not true. The key to public health is community participation.The Weight of the Nation brings that lesson to life, and gives you the tools to take action against for obesity your kids, your family and the nation.
Apr 02, 2012
A recent study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that if we want sustainable and meaningful changes in health, we’re going to have to slow down and wait for the results that really matter.
Jan 13, 2012
Americans are eating too much and too often, and not getting enough physical activity. Unhealthy foods, such as soda, chips and candy, have become relatively less expensive, while more nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables have become relatively more expensive. What’s more, access to healthy food is a challenge for many communities.
Nov 28, 2011
We’re living in a world where industry profits often trump the health of kids. When I read about industry reaction to USDA proposals to strip pizza sauce of its status as a lunchtime vegetable, all I can do is say, “Enough, already. It’s time to get back to common sense.”
Oct 21, 2011
What if grocery stores were more than a food sources? What if they were instead community hubs – places where people shopped, banked, got clinical care and more? Sure that’s a big idea, but one Philadelphia grocer has figured out that it also makes good business sense.
Sep 29, 2011
Rather than approaching healthier strategies en masse and giving up when they seem too tough, we try taking a stab at addressing the small, specific obstacles that stand in the way.