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photo of ME's childhood obesity guest, Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson has spent her career trying to untangle the individual, family and community factors that contribute to overweight children and adolescents and childhood obesity. An assistant professor in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development (Department of Kinesiology), Daheia has put that research into practice in family-focused interventions, including an…

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photo of ME's school start times and sleep guest, Kyla Wahlstrom

The quantity and quality of sleep a person gets is important to health, safety and well-being at every age. But recent research highlights the unique sleep needs of adolescents and the high cost when those needs are not met – from poorer school performance to depression to greater risk of car accidents and more.  …

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photo of ME's talking with children about disturbing events guest, Dr. Abi Gewirtz

Every day there are stories in the news that are frightening or upsetting to both adults and children. The 24/7 news cycle, with constant repetition of these stories, can magnify the emotional impact on people of all ages. But talking with children about disturbing events can be done in a way that protects their emotional…

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photo of ME's bridging the digital divide guest, Jill Hornbacher

For low income families, “equal opportunity” is missing in many aspects of their lives, including access to high-speed internet and the devices necessary to use that connection. This gap in access to the Internet and computers is known as the digital divide. In today’s technology-driven world, how does a student do homework without access? How…

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photo of ME's early puberty in girls guests, Julianna Deardorff & Louise Greenspan

The average age of the onset of puberty has dropped significantly in recent years. But research on probable causes of early puberty in girls yields some surprises that defy popular beliefs.   Dr. Louise Greenspan and Dr. Julianna Deardorff, authors of The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls, join Marti &…

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