Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

Between Empire and Infinitely Polar Bear, bipolar disorder seems to be having a moment in popular culture right now…which is awesome! As a graduate student in the early 1990s, I was taught about stigma associated with mental health issues. Hopefully, people with bipolar disorder and their family and friends will see themselves in these portrayals and… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

AP Encore! Features Movie that Also Raises Alzheimer Awareness

Next on my list of movies to see is “Still Alice.” I have heard great things about this movie, including rave reviews about Julianne Moore’s performance. I have to admit that I have been avoiding it, in part, because I am guessing I will be pretty emotional for parts of it. I am a professor.… Continue reading AP Encore! Features Movie that Also Raises Alzheimer Awareness

NPR reports on a California program, The Bigger Picture, that seeks to change the narrative on diabetes.

Poets Give Voice To The Toll of Type 2 Diabetes” by Lydia Zuraw on NPR.org on 9-13-14.

“Young poets Monica Mendoza (clockwise from top left), Erica Sheppard McMath, Obasi Davis and Gabriel Cortez have written about how Type 2 diabetes affects their families and communities.” (credit: caption and image copied from the NPR post noted above)

Jackman Marks the Cancer Prevention Advice Spot

Starting with a fan woman moment, I LOVE X-Men. I enjoy the comic books and the movies. I started reading the comics one summer in Greensboro, NC in between attending summer school classes in chemistry and working at McDonalds. As a college-aged initiate, I appreciated the dark side of the characters and their stories. Ok,… Continue reading Jackman Marks the Cancer Prevention Advice Spot

Research on Kids’ Movies Tackles Childhood Obesity

If you have children or young siblings or enjoy animated movies, you have probably seen a scene like these: From the movie Happy Feet “Mumbie, a penguin trying hard to impress a new group of fellow penguin friends, shouts ‘See you fatty!’ at a leopard seal. The friends laugh with great amusement.” From the movie Alvin… Continue reading Research on Kids’ Movies Tackles Childhood Obesity

Top 10 Tuesday: A Creative Campaign to LEGO® of Heart Disease (Get it?)

Heart disease in women is one of those health issues that has a “perfect storm” of features that warrants creative communication approaches. The Lego Movie Raises Heart Disease Awareness explains why.  First, millions of women are affected by cardiovascular disease. “One out of every three deaths among women in the U.S. each year is attributed to… Continue reading Top 10 Tuesday: A Creative Campaign to LEGO® of Heart Disease (Get it?)

An Inspiring Short Tale, Featuring Community and Gardens

In late November, I had the pleasure of attending the 8th Annual Carrboro Film Festival in North Carolina. A friend and I saw 31 films in eight hours and 15 minutes over two days. Yes…whew! In addition to being a tad overwhelmed by the sheer volume of what I saw, I was impressed by how much… Continue reading An Inspiring Short Tale, Featuring Community and Gardens

Top 10 Tuesday: Featuring Theater Helping People Cope with Alzheimer’s

Today’s Top 10 feature focuses on the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.: Alzheimer’s disease. According to data from the CDC, more than 83,000 people die from this disease each year. Because there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s disease or a way to prevent it, some Alzheimer’s-related resources and ideas have… Continue reading Top 10 Tuesday: Featuring Theater Helping People Cope with Alzheimer’s