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Cafeteria Man

The USDA estimates 32 million school kids consume up to 50% of their calories at school, contributing to the obesity epidemic among young people. What does it take to reform school lunch programs and provide healthful, tasty meals to our nation’s kids? Cafeteria Man takes a behind the scenes look at Tony Geraci’s sweeping, tenacious efforts to kick start school lunch reform in Baltimore’s schools, a large urban district that serves 83,000 students, and later in Memphis schools, with 200,000 kids. As the newly hired Food and Nutrition Director of the Baltimore’s public school district, Geraci hatches an ambitious, multi-faceted plan to feed students healthy, locally-sourced meals, teach them nutritional awareness, and offer them training and vocational opportunities in the world of fo [...]
Online
2016; 2011
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Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood tells the true story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa and the global south in the 1990s -- leading to the preventable deaths of at least ten million people -- and how a remarkable coalition of people came together to stop them. Shot on four continents and featuring contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, and Joseph Stiglitz, the film offers devastating insights into the lethal decisionmaking process that led to this humanitarian catastrophe. And it shows how, if not for the passion and tactical ingenuity of a group of courageous and relentless activists, millions of more people would have died. The result is a gripping look at corporate greed, government collusion, t [...]
Online
2016; 2013
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Western Yoga

Explore the roots of hatha yoga, the form of yoga widely practiced in the West. Focus on the three principles of hatha yoga - breath exercises, physical postures (called asanas), and meditation - which promote a healthy mind and body. Get started with some simple yoga exercises.
Online
2018; 2014
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The Balance Within: Health and Emotions

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Esther Sternberg, M.D. (Chief, Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior and Director, Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH, Bethesda, Maryland and author of "The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions) gave a presentation that included the history of the concepts between emotions and health, the biology and psychology of stress, the functions of cytokines and interleukins as hormones, the role of glucocorticoids and innate immunity, and the ways to limit unhealthy stress. Randolph J. Canterbury, M.D. (Wilford W. Spradlin Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia) commented on the positive effects of the "fuzzy and touchy feely" aspects surrounding interpersonal communication, listening, understanding, and be [...]
DVD
2003
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person

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Diane D. Cole, M.P.H. (Education Coordinator, Cancer Center, University of Virginia) introduced the Jeremy Geffen. Jeremy R. Geffen, M.D., FACP (Founder and President, Geffen Visions International, Director of Integrative Oncology, P4 Healthcare and Caring4Cancer.com, Boulder, Colorado, and author of "The Journey through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person"). Dr. Geffen described the wave of change facing the United States regarding an aging population, baby boomers, cultural awareness, medical advances, the Internet, and the increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine. He defined and traced the history of complementary and alternative medicine and his "seven levels of healing: a whole person approach to medicine for the 21st century." These seven stages [...]
DVD
2008
Health Sciences (Service Desk)
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Health and Happiness: The Mind-Body Connection

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Sri Swami Satchidananda is founder, director and spiritual leader of Yogaville (Buckingham, VA), and has a degree in Homeopathic Medicine. He discusses the mind-body connection and his philosophy of undoing dis-ease and retaining health (at-ease). Diet, exercise, breathing, and the mind are explored.
DVD
1994
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Lyrical (Life) Lines: Poetry as Survival

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Gregory Orr, Ph. D. (Professor of English, Department of English, Creative Writing, University of Virginia) addressed the nature and function of lyrical poetry in relation to personal experiences and emotions such as trauma, shame, fear, escape, ecstasy, etc. Dr. Orr focused on the "ordering" and "transformative" powers that lyrical poetry can have regarding experience and the "self" and read selections of his poetry from, "Poetry as Survival" (University of Georgia Press, 2003).
DVD
2003
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Writing and Talking About Emotional Events: The Health Benefits of Narrative

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James W. Pennebaker, Ph. D. (Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin Texas) discussed his research on determining the efficacy of narrative in relieving stress and promoting healing. Dr. Pennebaker studied word level and text analysis (LWIC) for the presence of positive emotional words and increases in cognitive word use and word pattern analysis (LSA) for the use of and shifts in the use of pronouns indicating social perspectives and changes in perception. David Morris, Ph. D. (University Professor, Department of English and Program of Humanities, University of Virginia) commented on Dr. Pennebaker's work and highlighted the importance of the "process" of writing narrative and the positive benefits of increasing learning in general by utilitizing this type o [...]
DVD
2003
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Generation Rx [electronic resource]: Resisting the Culture of Overmedication

At the 1991 FDA Prozac hearings, scores of impassioned victims described how the drug pushed them to the brink of suicide. But the pharmaceutical industry succeeded in getting its own message out, ushering its products into the mainstream while voices on the opposite side of the debate have largely faded. This film reawakens many of the arguments made against the culture of psychotropic prescription. Assembling a plethora of leaked memos, flawed studies, and previously unseen conference footage, the documentary points to a pattern of collusion between drug manufacturers and the regulatory watchdogs at the FDA. Meanwhile, many experts believe that our society is in the grip of an epidemic of doping and drugging. Has an era of mercenary medication dawned, in which we'll forget what it [...]
Online
2008
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Ivan Oransky - Are We Over-Medicalized?

Reuters health editor Ivan Oransky warns that we're suffering from an epidemic of preposterous preconditions - pre-diabetes, pre-cancer, and many more. In this engaging talk from TEDMED, he shows how health care can find a solution...by taking an important lesson from baseball.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Maurizio Seracini - the Secret Lives of Paintings

Art history is far from set in stone. Engineer Maurizio Seracini spent 30 years searching for Leonardo da Vinci's lost fresco The Battle of Anghiari, and in the process discovered that many paintings literally have layers of history hidden underneath. Should they be part of the viewing experience too? This TEDTalk explores that question.
Online
2012
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Life and Death [electronic resource]: Medical Ethics of the Schiavo Case

Many who followed the Terri Schiavo case struggled to make sense of the flurry of opinions it generated. This NewsHour program, recorded during the last days of Terri Schiavo's life, presents two opposing yet thoroughly reasoned perspectives on the issues. Beth Israel Medical Center neurologist Dr. Russell Portenov explains the medical justification for removing the feeding tube, while Dr. Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, raises legal and moral questions surrounding the decision. Keeping its focus on the Schiavo controversy, the program also explores implications for other potential end-of-life situations.
Online
2005
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Globesity [electronic resource]: Fat's New Frontier

Not so long ago, countries like Mexico, India, and China counted malnutrition as a major health concern. Today, hundreds of millions of people in these countries are coping with obesity and its associated diseases, growing fatter, and at a faster rate, than Americans. This program explores the shocking explosion of global obesity and examines its links to increasing wealth and changing diets. The video travels to Mexico, where two-thirds of the population is overweight due to the popularity of soft drinks; to Brazil, where cheap, highly processed foods are found in even the most remote areas; to India, where a combination of better wages and genetic predisposition has experts predicting a diabetes epidemic; and to China, where a new middle class consumes more sugar and fat, and far m [...]
Online
2012
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Science in the Arena [electronic resource]

Since the first Olympic Games, 2600 years ago, the goal of athletes has been to win; however, methods of winning have changed. This program shows three contributions of modern science to the feats of athletes: sports psychology, which uses various psychological techniques, such as autosuggestion, rituals, mental imagery, and relaxation, that enable athletes to extend their physical limits; better health through more careful training, with adequate periods of rest and recuperation; and genetics, which can lead to the pre-selection of athletes who are genetically likely to be winners.
Online
1993
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Peter Saul - Let's Talk About Dying

We can't control if we'll die, but we can "occupy death," in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. In this TEDTalk, he calls on us to make clear our preferences for end-of-life care - and suggests two questions for starting the conversation. Over the past 35 years, Saul has been intimately involved in the dying process of more than 4,000 patients and is passionate about improving the ways we die.
Online
2012
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Pills, Powders, and Balms [electronic resource]: The Cultural History of Medicines

How does a functioning health system bring about a stable society? What were and are the great evolutionary steps in the development of new medicines and what are the challenges for the future? From the herbal gardens of the Middle Ages and Paracelsus to the great researchers of the 19th and 20th centuries, the cultural history of medicine reflects the history of mankind.
Online
2012
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Planet Yoga [electronic resource]

Yoga is the fastest-growing spiritual practice around the world. This documentary explores the dynamic encounter between Western seekers and the Eastern philosophy born centuries ago, transforming both yoga and practitioners. Traveling across three continents, the film examines a collective inward journey during a materialistic era.
Online
2011
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Concierge Medicine [electronic resource]: Greater Access-for a Fee

NewsHour's health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser looks at a new health care trend called concierge medicine that involves offering specialized care for those who can afford the price tag. Origina?
Online
2012
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Welcome to the World [electronic resource]: Born Poor, Die Poor?

Every year 130 million babies are born, but their outcomes in life depend on where, how, and to whom they are born. In Cambodia, new arrivals are likely to belong to a family that scavenges the streets to survive, while in Sierra Leone, chances of making it past the first year of life are half those of the worldwide average. American babies fare much better, although there are now more than 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S. and the country's infant mortality rate is one of the worst in the developed world. Through the stories of mothers and their babies in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and the U.S., this program looks at how poverty affects childbirth and childhood. Some content may be objectionable. Contains nudity. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online.
Online
2012
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CDC Disease Detective Camp [electronic resource]

Get an inside look at the Centers for Disease Control's or CDC's Disease Detective Camp. The camp exposes high school juniors and seniors to epidemiology-the field of public health-and the career opportunities in that field.
Online
2010