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Assistant professor Kacie Ho (HNFAS) recently co-authored two articles that highlight how processed foods can be used to meet nutritional needs. One describes how processing strategies in alignment with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) have been used to improve the nutritional quality of foods, and the second discusses compositional differences between whole fruit and processed 100% fruit juice and how both can align with health goals.
When grad student Michael Wong (PhD, Nutrition Science) submitted his first paper—ever!—to the Journal of Obesity, he didn’t know what he was setting in motion. Not only was it accepted for publication; it was selected as one of the top five submissions of the year, praised as a study that “significantly furthers our scientific understanding of obesity.”
Now his paper, titled “Children and Adolescent’s Anthropometrics Body Composition from 3D Optical Surface Scans,” is going to be published and featured in the November issue of Obesity and will appear prominently in a press release that the Obesity Society will issue then. In addition, he has been asked to attend the society’s ObesityWeek event in Las Vegas in November to present the paper in person in a special session.
The Center on the Family, the state grantee for the nationwide KIDS COUNT project, has released the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, an annual data study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that examines trends in child well-being. The Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains—economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. This year it shows that Hawai‘i ranks 24th of the 50 states in overall child well-being.
Crucial learning can happen in a classroom. But in a newly published article, two CTAHR scholars are showing that’s not the only place it happens. Kent Kobayashi and Kauahi Perez (both TPSS) wanted to introduce more student-centered, active learning to supplement lectures and to promote and enhance student engagement. So they turned to approaches such as the flipped classroom, BYOD (bring your own device), and virtual field trips, which promote peer teaching and allow students to take ownership of their learning.
Suicide is the leading cause of fatal injuries among Hawai‘i residents, outpacing unintentional poisoning, drowning, car accidents, and homicides. To alert the community to the dangers of suicide and ways to help, Thao Le (HDFS) discussed teen suicide prevention and intervention and potential harmful consequences of overconsuming digital social media on two panels at the recent Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival.