When she enrolled at UCLA School of Public Health, Schweitzer Fellow Patience Afulani—a native of Ghana, where breastfeeding, she says, is “the norm”—was surprised to discover that here in the U.S., it wasn’t. After all, the health benefits of breastfeeding have been well-documented—and several weeks ago, an Institute for Social and Economic Research study found that breastfeeding has cognitive … [Read more...] about Promoting Health By Promoting Breastfeeding: Five Questions for a Fellow with Patience Afulani
Katia Vaisberg is well aware that comprehensively addressing America’s obesity epidemic will require large-scale social and systemic change: “How can we expect mothers to allow their children to run around and play outside if there are no parks, and if there were reports of gang violence one street down from their house last week?” the Schweitzer Fellow asks. “How can we urge families to stop … [Read more...] about “Working Together Towards Healthier Lifestyles”: Five Questions for a Fellow with Katia Vaisberg
On Nov. 21 in Playa Del Ray, California, more than 100 people laced up their sneakers for an all too urgent cause: suicide prevention. The STRIDES 5k Run/Walk -- orchestrated by Schweitzer Fellows and UCLA Master of Public Health candidates Ashley Roberts and Anne Sutkowi -- marked the culmination of a STRIDES, a 10-week running-focused suicide prevention program orchestrated by Schweitzer … [Read more...] about Striding Across the Finish Line to Prevent Suicide: STRIDES 5k a Success!
Over the past few weeks, a string of heart-wrenching suicides by bullied LGBT youth has shocked the country -- and shone a national spotlight on the need to address the mental health and self-worth of young people who are marginalized and vulnerable. As we told you in August, Schweitzer Fellows Ashley Roberts and Anne Sutkowi recently launched STRIDES, a running-focused program in Los Angeles … [Read more...] about LA Suicide Prevention Program Hits Full STRIDE
Each week, Beyond Boulders delivers a new installment of “Five Questions for a Fellow” – an interview series with Schweitzer Fellows across the country and in Gabon, Africa who are leading the movement to eliminate health disparities. For an archive of previous “Five Questions for a Fellow” interviews, click here. For Anne Sutkowi and Ashley Roberts (above), running is more than just a … [Read more...] about Five Questions for a Fellow: Ashley Roberts and Anne Sutkowi Take STRIDES Towards Empowering Vulnerable Students in Los Angeles