Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

3Qs: Too much on MyPlate?

Last Thursday, the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture unveiled MyPlate, a straight­for­ward symbol of proper nutri­tion that replaces the orig­inal food pyramid, which USDA offi­cials have called too com­plex for easy under­standing. Katherine Tucker, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Health Sci­ences in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern, weighs in on whether the new model of dietary guide­lines will combat obe­sity by making it easier for Amer­i­cans to eat healthfully.