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Study finds association between adolescent overweight/obesity and snacking habits

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend that children eat nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day to meet their nutritional needs. But are teens snacking in ways that lead to better health—or unwanted weight?

A new study led by College of Public Health researchers and published in Nutrients has found that adolescents with normal weight had fewer snacks daily and smaller snacks per occasion (i.e., fewer calories per snack) than teens classified as overweight or obese. 

Posted:  October 1, 2019

On the News: Making successful New Year's resolutions

New Year ResolutionsThe start of a new year can feel like a good opportunity to reset unhealthy behaviors. But while many people will resolve to “exercise more” or “eat healthy” in the new year, evidence suggests that most will have abandoned these resolutions by early February. With the end of January 2019 nearing, we asked faculty members at the College of Public Health to weigh in on popular resolutions.

Posted:  January 30, 2019

Tripicchio named winner in first phase of challenge to prevent childhood obesity

A new project by Gina Tripicchio, assistant professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was selected as one of 10 winners in the first phase of the Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities Challenge by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Posted:  January 17, 2019

2018: Our Year in Review

Over the past year, Temple’s College of Public Health has continued to redefine the boundaries of public health education, research and practice. Our faculty stand at the forefront of a shifting health landscape, making innovative connections across disciplines and reimagining clinical education.

Our digital Year In Review magazine includes top stories from across the Temple University College of Public Health in 2018:

Posted:  October 18, 2018

Training a different kind of dentist

A child receives a dental exam. For a child, a visit to the dentist is a routine affair: Playing with toys or coloring in the waiting area, a gentle call back to see the dentist, growing anxiety as the tools are prepared, and a series of questions: “Have you been brushing? Have you been flossing?” Then, the dentist asks about the child’s diet and has them step on the scale.

Posted:  September 28, 2018

On WHYY, Sarwer talks early impact of soda tax

David Sarwer, associate dean of research and director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), was quoted in WHYY’s The Pulse, a weekly health and science radio show and podcast. In the story, which looked at the impact of the City of Philadelphia’s decision to tax 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened drinks, Sarwer comments on the promising public health impact of the controversial soda tax.

Posted:  June 25, 2018

New study to help kids to healthier snacks and smiles

The most common—and preventable—chronic disease of childhood is dental caries, or tooth decay, and developing healthy nutritional habits is a key to prevention. In a new five-year study, Temple’s College of Public Health, the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry and the Monell Chemical Senses Center are joining forces to tackle the challenges of children’s oral health and eating behaviors. 

Posted:  February 22, 2018