by | Jul 29, 2015

In the Spotlight

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad

The two UD juniors spent the month of January 2013 as interns on the Projects Abroad Nutrition Program, which is aimed at helping families identified as being at risk of malnutrition in the Urubamba Valley.Read more >

Spice Kitchen

“Spice Kitchen”

“The Spice Kitchen: Taste the Flavor,” a new one-credit course, is aimed at encouraging people to throw away the salt shaker and grab the spice shaker. Read more >


Making health fun

Mike Peterson believes that the best way to bring about changes in health behavior is to take an approach that’s fun, positive, and motivational. Read more >

Bruce Geryk

Medicine and the Media

Bruce Geryk, a fifth-year resident in neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina, shared medical perspectives on the media with the UD community on Nov. 5 in a lecture sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition.Read more >

Vive Tu Vida

Vive Tu Vida

Getting exercise csan be as simple as dancing to some fast-paced music, and preparing healthy meals can be easy and inexpensive. Those were the messages shared by a team of University of Delaware health sciences faculty and students who volunteered at Vive tu Vida, an annual Hispanic family physical activity and healthy lifestyle event.Read more >

Health Coaching

Health Coaching

The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance has awarded a $20,000 educational grant to a team led by Michael Peterson, chair of UD’s Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, to develop a post-baccalaureate health coaching certification program at the University of Delaware. Read more >

Public health Week Kick-off

A healthier America

Led by Mia Papas, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, nine teams of students at the University of Delaware shared information aimed at getting the UD community to join that movement as National Public Health Week was kicked off on Monday, April 2. Read more >


Wii technology gets older adults moving

Video games have been blamed for weight gain and lack of fitness in children and adolescents, but Beth Orsega-Smith is finding that the right games used the right way can actually improve health and well-being. Her target population, however, is about 60 years older than the typical video game player. Read more >


Seniors connect with Kinect

Video games. They’re not just for kids any more. Prof. Beth Orsega-Smith at the University of Delaware has spent the past several years investigating the role of “exer-games” in increasing physical activity among older adults. Read more >

Fitness for life

Health behavior science major at UD in line with new national focus

A headline in the March 2011 issue of The Nation’s Health, published by the American Public Health Association (APHA), reads “Public Health Council Shifts National Focus to Prevention.” Read more >

Edible Fruit

UD students tout the power of fruit

Margaret Murray, a resident at the Millcroft senior living community north of Newark, plucked grapes off a skewer and ate them as she sat with other seniors during a demonstration about making edible fruit arrangements. Read more >

Canine partners with Kids

Canine partners help kids with autism spectrum disorder step up the pace

The two are participants in a pilot program at the University of Delaware to examine how the presence of therapy dogs in an afterschool physical education program affects activity levels and social behavior in children with ASD. Read more >

UD World Cup Students

UD students experience first African World Cup

The 12 UD students who spent five weeks in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup all had life-changing experiences during their travels, but when they returned to the U.S., everyone asked them the same question: “Did you bring back a vuvuzela?” Read more >