THINK program teaches students how to eat healthy and exercise

Originally published Feb. 28, 2019 by the University of Miami.

By Barbara Gutierrez

The exercise was simple enough. University of Miami professor Arlette Perry asked a roomful of seventh graders: “How much sugar is in a McDonald’s smoothie?”

With the help of Isabella Rios, a 13-year-old student, she measured a whopping 16 teaspoons into a clear glass full of water.

“That is gross,” said Rios, as her classmates giggled around her. Learning the perils of too much sugar in their bodies is only one of many lessons for this class of 7th graders at Henry S. West Laboratory School (West Lab). They are participating in a Translational Health in Nutrition and Kinesiology (THINK) program, sponsored by the University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development. Read More

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Knowing the specific benefits of exercise linked to exercising more

Originally published Dec. 4, 2018 by Journalist’s Resource.

By Chloe Reichel

New research suggests that people who know more about the benefits of physical activity spend more time doing it.

The paper, published in PLOS ONE in November 2018, looked at survey data from 615 adults in Australia. In a phone interview with Journalist’s Resource, author Stephanie Schoeppe, a research fellow in the Physical Activity Research Group at Central Queensland University, said that it was difficult to say whether the findings could be generalized to the U.S. population, but suggested it would be interesting to attempt to replicate the finding in other populations. Read More