Dr. Jason Block spoke with Mindy Todd, host of On Point on WCAI, local NPR for the Cape, Coast & Islands. The piece, "Looking at the Increasing High Rate of Obesity", discussed the growing rates of obesity, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Jason Block was quoted in a Washington Post opinion piece: "The deadly covid-19 pandemic is obscuring another - obesity".
Project Viva resumes in-person visits! After pausing in-person data collection in March 2020 due to COVID-19, Project Viva staff worked hard to both pivot to remote data collection where possible and plan for how to safely resume in-person participant visits. After developing new safety measures to keep staff and participants safe, in September, Project Viva began to see participants again in their Boston office while continuing to offer remote options when needed. Thanks to dedication, creativity, and flexibility of the Viva staff, data has been collected continuously throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Emily Oken makes recommendations on choosing a prenatal vitamin in this Lifehacker article.
A study by research fellow Josh Petimar and Associate Professor Jason Block published in The BMJ received coverage in The New York Post. The study evaluated whether calorie labeling of menus in a large United States restaurant chain was associated with a change in mean calories purchased per transaction.