A Definite Encore! for “The Hunger Games”

Yes, I read the Hunger Games trilogy and yes, I enjoyed all of them!! I read them back-to-back to back within two weeks so that I could see how it ends. Even with connections to real events (such as the Olympics) and television shows (such as CBS’s Survivor), I was transformed to this particular world and I was… Continue reading A Definite Encore! for “The Hunger Games”

A Real Message Skirmish: Bears vs Bears

Advertising messages are some of the most frequent and powerful communications people see each year. Organizations spend billions of dollars on creative music, stories, characters, etc. with the goal of influencing consumer behaviors. And, it works. Of course, some of the products promoted with ads are part of our diets and affect our nutrition and… Continue reading A Real Message Skirmish: Bears vs Bears

One Woman Shows Personal Dimensions of Healthcare

When I taught health policy and politics to master’s degree students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, one of my challenges was conveying the complexity of the issues while at the same time holding their attention and perhaps, providing some inspiration. I used cartoons, pictures and videos as much as I could,… Continue reading One Woman Shows Personal Dimensions of Healthcare

Artfully Healthy Intentions

The one poem I read at least once a day is on a magnet close to eye level on my refrigerator. Whatever her intentions, Mary Anne Radmacher’s Live with Intention reminds me to pay attention to my own well-being. Her succinct pocket-sized philosophy package also helps me stay connected to how to do that. And, yes, sometimes… Continue reading Artfully Healthy Intentions

Disney Nutrition: Good Business Coincides with Good Citizenship

In recognition of the impact they have on the world, media organizations have begun to step up support of initiatives aimed at directly benefitting their audiences and communities in different ways. These “corporate responsibility” or “citizenship” programs range from reducing the carbon footprint of film production to recycling and wellness programs at corporate headquarters to… Continue reading Disney Nutrition: Good Business Coincides with Good Citizenship

An Atypical BULLY Informs and Inspires

My guess is that all of us can relate in some way to the experiences, issues and reactions showcased in the documentary film BULLY, directed by Lee Hirsch. [thebullyproject.com] It is hard to imagine many households escaping the fact that millions of children in the U.S. are bullied each year. BULLY demonstrates the power of sharing… Continue reading An Atypical BULLY Informs and Inspires

Beyoncé on How “A Little Sweat Never Hurt Nobody”

Though I LOVE to dance, I have to admit I am not usually the “let’s all do the same moves to this particular song” kind of dancer. Perhaps the fact that I don’t learn dance moves easily…ok, if at all….makes me reluctant to keep trying. That said, I have had a lot of fun with… Continue reading Beyoncé on How “A Little Sweat Never Hurt Nobody”

‘Breaking Bad’ on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

I have to admit that I am late to the Breaking Bad bandwagon. A friend recommended the AMC television series to me last summer. (Thanks, Xian!) I watched episodes for Season 1-4 back-to-back to catch up, which is one my tests of the quality of a show, i.e., that is motivates me to watch episodes back-to-back to… Continue reading ‘Breaking Bad’ on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The Anatomy of an Encore!… and Public Health

Each ENCORE! post starts with inspiration from arts and entertainment. Contributors (including me and soon to be more than me) share reactions to what they have seen, heard, felt, i.e., experienced. Perhaps a contributor read a book with a character struggling with a mental illness or watched a movie in which a character rides a… Continue reading The Anatomy of an Encore!… and Public Health