Weekly Edition – February 21, 2012
In this week’s edition
:: Beyond romance and betrayal, new soap opera delivers colon cancer message
Beyond romance and betrayal, new soap opera delivers colon cancer message
Story originally published by Kim Chriscaden on Colorado Cancer Blogs
Like traditional telenovelas or Spanish-language soap operas, “Encrucijada: Sin Salud No Hay Nada” or “Crossroads: Without Health, There Is Nothing” is full of romance, conflict and suspense. But there’s a twist. The overly dramatic plot also carries important health messages.
Building off the success of Encrucijada’s first season, which aired in 2009, the Colorado Health Foundation decided to fund a second season to help combat the state’s health disparities and call viewers to action.
Between family fights and love triangles, the show’s main characters confront issues pertaining to heart disease, mental health, colon cancer, obesity and teen pregnancy, among others. Unlike traditional public service announcements, Encrucijada packages health messages into a thrilling format that’s widely popular among Latinos.
“We know that telenovelas are one of the best ways for Latinos to get health information,” says Cristina Bejarano, health content director for Encrucijada 2. “While not every episode can be very dramatic, the telenovela format allows us to deliver health messages in a compelling way.”
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Save the date – MAP ERC 2nd Annual Energy Summit April 12, 2012
Join MAP ERC on April 12, 2012 for the 2nd Annual Energy Summit: Promoting Occupational Health: Recognizing and Controlling Risks during Natural Gas Development.
This conference will bring together academic and government researchers, engineers, industry experts, medical professionals, occupational health and safety professionals to discuss and share strategies for evaluating the risks, solutions and research areas that will enable natural gas exploration and production companies to reduce potentially hazardous exposures to their employees. This platform will provide an opportunity for leaders in the field to highlight occupational health and safety “best practices” in natural-gas development as an attractive topic to target with research funding, policy development, education and prevention programs.
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April 12th, 2012 | 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Save the date – 2012 Research Conference: The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health
Join The Children’s Environmental Health Network from May 30 – June 1, 2012 in San Francisco, CA for the 2012 Research Conference: The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health. The conference will highlight the role of epigenetics in determining the impact of the environment on pediatric disease and children’s current and future health.
This conference is intended for research scientists in the fields of environmental health, epidemiology, and environmental toxicology, as well as for public health professionals. Students in these disciplines are encouraged to register. Register now at: www.regonline.com/CEHN.
For more information visit the conference website at www.regonline.com/CEHN.
Bistro Elaia to Take the Guessing Game Out of Healthful Eating on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Story originally published by the Colorado Center for Health and Wellness Press Room
Bistro Committed to Offering Its Customers Good Nutrition with a Surprisingly Great Taste
Bistro Elaia, an exciting addition to the Colorado Center for Health and Wellness, which opens its doors on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in April, promises to eliminate the everyday dilemma of compromising good taste when eating healthfully. Whether patrons eat at the Colorado Center, grab-and-go or use their catering service, the Bistro will focus on real food that provides the campus community with healthy offerings each day.
At the helm of the new Bistro is a group of experts – Chef Paolo Neville and his culinary team, Dr. Holly Wyatt, Associate Director of the Colorado Center, and the area’s leading dietitians – who have developed a menu of sensible, wholesome foods that are better for you and taste surprisingly great. This winning lineup will compliment the Colorado Center’s healthy living goals.
Filling an Unmet Need
A recent survey of the Anschutz Medical Campus community conducted by KRC Research suggests that Bistro Elaia will fill an unmet need. Nearly half of the students, faculty and staff surveyed (48 percent) indicated that the healthfulness of food was the most important factor when deciding what to order from on-campus restaurants. Yet at the same time, the study noted that meal and snack options designed to meet specific dietary needs, as well as an item’s nutrition information, have rarely if ever been available on campus.
“The menu puts our customers’ eating woes to rest. Whether you’re gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, have other dietary restrictions, or just want to eat healthfully, you’ll be able to find an array of satisfying and wholesome foods at the Bistro that taste great,” says Chef Neville. “We will also ensure nutrition information is accurately portrayed, and readily apparent. What we eat shouldn’t be a guessing game.”
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