Wednesday, May 22, 2013
video game demo
Microsoft made headlines this week as it unveiled its newest video game console, Xbox One, and significant improvements to its peripheral, Kinect. Kinect is a motion-sensing device that allows gamers to use their bodies in place of handheld controllers, and is a popular means of playing active-play video games. Microsoft's news coincided with the release of an article in the Journal of...
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Practitioners Guide Infographic
What makes a childhood obesity prevention or intervention program successful? To answer this question, the Resource Center for Obesity Prevention at the Clearinghouse recently assessed data about the obesity prevention and intervention programs included so far in its database. (To view the report describing this assessment, visit
Friday, May 10, 2013
High School Students Smiling Widely
A new study published recently in Psychology of Women Quarterly examined how attitudes about math and science affect achievement in adolescent boys and girls of different ethnic groups. Else-Quest, Mineo, and Higgins (2013) found that while boys and girls did not differ in their end of the year science and math grades, girls reported lower self-concept and lower expectations of success in math....
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Graphic describing Piaget’s Water Conservation Task
Jean Piaget contributed much to the scientific study of child cognitive and social-cognitive development, not the least of which were a number of simple yet ingenious tasks that were used to assess children's understanding of the world. One of his better-known tasks is the water conservation task. In this task, children are asked to judge whether, prior to and after displacement of the water from...
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Marine walking away from wife
Deployment creates challenges for everyone in a family, and each person's challenges are unique. Effective communication during deployment requires that we recognize and acknowledge what each person might deal with before the deployed family member actually leaves. The service member is likely preoccupied with the military mission and the need to stay focused and concentrate on the job ahead....
Thursday, April 18, 2013
soldier with iPad talking to family
When it comes to balancing career and family life, the members of our armed forces face some tough challenges. One of them is staying involved with their children during deployments. A study by Willerton, Schwarz, Wadsworth, and Oglesby (2011) found that when faced with parenting challenges brought on by deployments, some parents defer to the non-deployed spouse in most family matters and...
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
distraught woman holder her head
Implementing programs and practices that are found to make a difference is important for so many reasons. First, we want to make sure that we are investing our time, resources, and efforts into programs and practices that work. Second, our funders and policy makers want to know that they are funding effective programs and practices. Finally and most importantly, we want to make sure that we are...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Metabolic Equivalents Chart
In early 2012, the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (SBRN) updated the definition of sedentary behavior, not to be confused with a lack of physical activity. That is, a person can meet the established physical activity guidelines and still participate in too many minutes/day of sedentary behavior. Examples of sedentary behavior include: watching television, playing video games, using the...
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Soldier hugs his daughters
Have you ever seen emotional military parent and child reunions on the news or on YouTube? These typically intense and heartwarming stories often take place at schools or in childcare settings. As moving and touching as these reunions are, cautions have been raised in recent years. School and childcare administrators and staff, in concert with PTOs and family members, can be proactive in...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Military Family
Has your child ever brought home information about a parenting or family program being offered at school or in your community, or have you ever seen flyers advertising such a thing while you're out and about? Have you ever thought about implementing a program like this yourself? If so, it's likely that these programs fall under the umbrella of what are commonly called "universal, family-based...