Entries by Monique Cuvelier

Why Teaching About Health Disparities Transforms Communities (Guest Post)

As an instructional designer, I use my expertise in teaching and learning to create learning experiences on a wide variety of health topics. Whether I’m developing a course on breast cancer genetics  or oral health, a significant part of the process is partnering with experts in the field to develop courses that are informative, engaging and effective.  Since many of these courses are written for frontline health workers, they must also motivate participants to make positive changes in their communities.

How to Actually Succeed at Behavior Change

Here’s a harsh bit of reality for you: there is no magical method to making healthy lifestyle changes. Fad diets and exercise crazes might make it seem like there is, but they’re wrong. Sad news for the members of your community who want to change thier behavior. The truth is that the secret to meeting […]

Free Ebook: America’s Walking Renaissance

Everybody knows they need to exercise more and eat less. They probably even know that getting some physical activity—even walking for 20 minutes—can reduce the chance of getting diseases like heart disease and hypertension, controlling stress and keeping the brain engaged. Plus, studies show that people who spend more time each day sitting (watching TV, […]

Popular Healthy Community Courses Now Available in Spanish

Release Date: Aug. 1, 2016 Learners can learn about diabetes, health literacy and health insurance in Spanish or English WOBURN—Talance, Inc., today expanded the reach of its popular courses in health education and promotion. Now, three of the most popular courses are available in Spanish as well as English: Health Literacy: A Start, Navigating Health […]

Exercise for Disease Management Is a Bitter Pill To Swallow

Many find the advice of exercise for disease management a bitter pill to swallow, even when faced with a scary diagnosis like diabetes or hypertension. Thinking of exercise as doctor-ordered medicine makes it seem too tedious and boring. Simply “exercising for 30 minutes a day” can feel like too much of a time commitment. Sitting […]

4 Summer Reading Picks That Are Good for You

If you like your summer reading to reaffirm the work you do building healthy communities, we’re here to help. Here’s your professional development reading assignment that’s actually fun. Some are learner favorites from our courses and others just deserve attention. Read on for picks for the summer reading season, which we hope will inspire you […]

How Stereotypes Are Bad for Your Health: Guest Post

Think you’re immune to stereotyping the people in your community? That you never notice a person’s skin color, what they’re wearing, what their gender is? Then look at this cartoon and think about your reaction: It comes via the article “The Bubbles Inside Our Heads,” by Marilyn Gardner, educator, nurse, trainer, thinker, “third-culture kid” (and […]

Sneak Peek at Our Course Diabetes and Prediabetes

Diabetes affects more people today than ever before. In the US, 29.1 million people have diabetes, and that number is on the rise — up four million from 2010. Alarmingly, more than 8 million of those people are untreated. They may not even know they have the disease. Community members might generally know they need […]

You Spoke, We Listened: What You Want To Learn

Whether it’s hearing about outstanding programs that build healthy communities or free toolkits and downloads, it’s clear you have an appetite for improvement.

Thanks to all of you who participated in our survey, telling us what kinds of information you’d like to learn in the coming weeks, months and years. We’re thrilled with the feedback and suggestions that help identify the most pressing challenges you face, so we can create resources to help you learn and improve.

A big takeaway from the experience is that you all want more inspiration and resources that will help you build healthy communities—whether it’s for a team of community health workers going door to door or pushing for policy change in neighborhoods or encouraging healthy living in workplaces.

We’ll be responding to your suggestions in future articles (remember, suggestions are always welcome!) but in the meantime, we found a few all-star articles that correspond to your top responses in the poll. Read on to find out what these are and pick up tips you might have missed in the past.