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Tolan revfinal conf_2013

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  • 1. Integrating and Promoting Health and Well Being with Positive Youth Development Patrick Tolan, Ph.D. Youth-Nex Center, University of Virginia pht6t@virginia.edu
  • 2. Most complex problems have a simple solution…. …it just happens to be wrong! - Mark Twain
  • 3. Lessons Learned • • • • Priorities-70% no Recess Early and Often-Habits Multiple Opportunities Built In OpportunityNudges • Health Care, Education, Commu nity/After School • Messaging Challenges • Clear Goals-Mantras • Get it Right vs. Get It Done • Agency Needs, Agenda vs. Collaboration Roles • Role of Evaluation • Usability • Type of Evidence “Coopetition”
  • 4. Types of Scientific Evidence • Inferences from Descriptive Studies • Prescriptive Rosters of Programs • Summarize Best Practices Guideposts • Benchmarks for Practice • Methods of Managing, Evaluating • Adaptability/Usability
  • 5. Recognizing Models are Not Actions It is one thing to call for, as did the prophet Amos, “Let justice roll down like mighty waters,” ….and quite another to work out the irrigation system. -William Sloane Coffin
  • 6. Key Opportunities • Fitness May Promote Brain Health • Eating as Health Behavior-Must Eat • Connection to Self-Control • Parental Aides/Empowering • Youth Capability • Quick Fix Lifestyle • Micro Environments/ Retrofits • Community Messaging • Choice Nudges • Practitioner Guidelines • Empirically Based Tool Boxes • Business - Food Supply, Employee Health as Cost
  • 7. TJ The facts are coming! The facts are coming!
  • 8. Scientific Information is Our Best Hope for Good Practice/Policy

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