Public Health

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When “healthy” is unhealthy: Tips for making the right choice at the store

Take a stroll around your local grocery store and it’s evident that healthy is “in.” As the public becomes more aware that overall health starts with what we put into our bodies, food producers and manufacturers have begun marketing their products with enticing labels such as “good source of fiber,” “low fat” and “sugar free.” While these words seem like good indicators that we’re making health-conscious choices, they can also be red herrings.

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Behavioral health interventions: The importance of communication and new technology

As we move toward a more patient-centered form of health care and physicians begin to focus more on specific patient behaviors it has become all the more evident that patient lifestyle choices contribute significantly to our overall health.

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Texas A&M researchers confirm value of statewide health and wellness program

A team of researchers led by Regents and Distinguished Professor Marcia G. Ory, Ph.D., examines the effectiveness of Texercise Select on physical functioning and quality-of-life outcomes. Researchers collected information on 220 participants 65 years of age and older from eight Texas counties.

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Nourished bodies, active minds: Keys to healthy aging

Men and women in the U.S. are living longer and enjoying active lifestyles well into their 80’s and 90’s. Numerous studies have confirmed that eating nutritious foods, drinking plenty of water, getting an adequate amount of sleep and staying physically active can make a remarkable difference in the quality of life for older adults. Place yourself on a path to healthy aging with these key recommendations.

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Center for Community Health Development awarded funding to evaluate Texas smoking cessations programs among Hispanic and LGBT populations

The Department of State Health Services has selected the Center for Community Health Development (CCHD) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health to develop outreach and evaluation strategies for a program aimed at lowering the disproportionately high rates of smoking among Hispanic and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) populations.

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Griffith named Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Department Head for Public Health Studies

The Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health announced that Jennifer M. Griffith, Dr.P.H., has been named Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Department Head in the Department of Public Health Studies.

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Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D. , assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health

The body and the brain: The impact of mental and physical exertion on fatigue development

Do you ever notice how stress and mental frustration can affect your physical abilities? Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, conducted a study evaluating the interaction between physical and mental fatigue and brain behavior.

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Texas A&M Health Science Center celebrates largest graduating class in history

Texas A&M Health Science Center graduated 639 students at commencement ceremonies across the state last month. This is the largest graduating class to date, and is indicative of Texas A&M’s commitment to educate exceptional health care leaders in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical sciences.

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Dean Jay Maddock appointed to Department of State Health Services committee

Jay Maddock, Ph.D., Dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, has been selected to serve as a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Public Health Funding and Policy Committee established by Senate Bill 969 in the 82nd Texas Legislative Session.

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