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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
When compared to service members of previous conflicts, today’s active duty military personnel are more likely to be parents.  A recent RAND report investigated how the deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have affected U.S. service members and their families.  The authors cited a RAND Children on the Homefront study that was designed to collect data from 1,500 military children and their...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Two popular news stories on the obesity front this week highlight the importance of control as a factor to address the obesity epidemic – but from very different angles.  The first reveals the newest insight gleaned from studying self-control in a cohort of children over the course 30 years, and the second examines government control of school foods. A classic study from the 1960s and 1970s...
Monday, August 20, 2012
The 2012 Summer Olympics have now come to a close and it’s a good time to congratulate all of the U.S. Military and military family Olympic competitors.  Active duty Olympians and coaches came from the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy.   The United States was also represented by veterans and spouses and children of soldiers.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice, and for making us...
Friday, August 17, 2012
Finding a civilian career after life in the military can be a difficult task. Transitioning veterans often need to translate their military experience into civilian job skills and then find civilian jobs to match their unique skills. When it comes to translating these skills and finding civilian equivalents My Next Move for Vets and the O*NET Online Military Occupational Crosswalk can help. My...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
How are the deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan affecting U.S. service members and their families? According to a recent report by RAND on the topic, this is an important question for the armed forces as well as the policymakers who are concerned about the well-being and readiness of our service members and their families. The overview report summarizes six of RAND’s earlier studies on the health...
Monday, August 13, 2012
There’s good news from the obesity front this week.  A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that serum lipid concentrations (i.e., total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol, non-high-density lipoprotein or non-HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides) in U.S. youth improved between 1988 and 2010 in all...
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Top Child Health Priorities
Childhood obesity and bullying were recently identified as the top two child health concerns that US adults want the presidential candidates to address.  This finding is the result of the most recent University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.  The poll, conducted three times per year, measures national public opinion and perceptions related to a...
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
When you use an evidence based program you want to make sure that you implement it the way it was intended. This is called fidelity of implementation. Last year, several researchers examined over 20-years of research on fidelity (Gearing, et al., 2011). They concluded that there are four core aspects of fidelity: a) Design: This outlines all the steps that must be taken to conduct the...
Friday, August 3, 2012
The Clearinghouse is excited to announce the launch of our new mobile website! Simply access the Clearinghouse site from your mobile device (www.militaryfamilies.psu.edu).  You’ll find many of the features of the mobile site convenient, useful, and mobile friendly.  The mobile site offers a brief description of who we are and what our mission is (to provide you with the right tools and...
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Research with military families has shown that the process of family reintegration after long periods of separation can be quite difficult. Some military fathers have reported that they feel out of step with their spouse and family. In particular, some fathers find it very tricky to reconnect with the kids. There is no sure fire answer for how best to help military dads get back in the swing with...

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