Find inspiration to help you close the gap between where you are today and where you want to be. Kathryn Scoblick interviews experts of all things health and wellness including MDs, PhDs, C-suite executives, researchers and, psychologists, as well as nutrition and fitness experts. Hear their transformational personal stories and how their work helps others create positive health changes in their lives. Each podcast leaves the listener with action steps that can be applied today, leading you to clarity to create a clear vision and create the life you have imagined.
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Baker Harrell, PhD
Founder of It's Time Texas
Baker’s background and expertise in new media, social movement theory, and health marketing drive the efforts of the nonprofit organization, IT’S TIME TEXAS. In less than 3 years, IT’S TIME TEXAS has become the preeminent community health organization in the Lone Star State. This year, IT’S TIME TEXAS will impact the health of 1 million Texans in over 500 communities across the state.
Baker’s prior ventures in the public health arena have received the Best Practices Health and Fitness Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services and a Most Promising Initiative award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Before founding IT’S TIME TEXAS, Baker completed a Master’s in Health Education with a concentration in childhood obesity. His philosophy of empowering people to initiate pro-social change is demonstrated throughout IT’S TIME TEXAS’ efforts and supported by Baker’s interdisciplinary, doctoral research, which focused on the intersection of social movement studies, social marketing, and public health.
Barry Popkin, PhD
W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Barry M. Popkin, PhD, is the W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from Cornell University. He established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC and later established and led the UNC Interdisciplinary Obesity Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition, the study of the dynamic shifts in dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends around obesity and other nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases (NCD). His research program focuses globally (both in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries) on understanding the stages of transition and is currently focused on working with the impact of programs and policies meant to improve the health of the population during their time of transition (see www.nutrans.org).
Having played a central role in placing the concerns of global obesity, its determinants and consequences on the global stage, Popkin is involved now in work on the program and policy design and evaluation side at the national level, including collaborative sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB)/junk food tax evaluation research in Mexico (with the National Institute of Public Health) in evaluating the impact of the Mexican SSB and nonessential food taxes, and in conducting similar work with the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile in evaluating an SSB tax and regulatory policies to create healthier diets and prevent obesity and other nutrition-related NCDs. Similar collaborations with the University of Western Cape and Wits Universities Priceless research team on evaluating the sugar-sweetened tax in that country and working on other obesity prevention activities, and related programs collaborating with the University of Sao Paulo and Javeriana University in Colombia and Brazil, respectively. His group also is actively involved in research in the US and other countries on policies to improve our global diets with the Global Food Research Program of UNC(see globalfoodresearchprogram.org)
Popkin was an original member of the G-7 ("Group of 7") Food and Nutrition Security Initiative, the first mission to work with the former Soviet Union. The G-7 nations originally included the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. They later became known as the G-8 when Russian was added. He has also participated in an array of international initiatives related to food, hunger and obesity, including directing longitudinal surveys in China and Russia and involvement in the survey research in Brazil, Mexico, China and several countries in Southeast Asia. Popkin has noted that the ways people eat, drink and move have changed drastically since World War II, contributing to the increase of obesity. This was the premise of his widely popular book, The World is Fat (January 2009, Avery-Penguin Publishers), which was translated into 11 languages.
He has received a dozen major awards for his global contributions, including the 2016 World Obesity Society: Population Science and Public Health Award--for top global research in public health with also significant service contributions; 2015 U.K Rank Science Prize; and The Obesity Society's Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. He has published more than 545 refereed journal articles, and is one of the most cited nutrition scholars in the world, with more than 90,000 citations. He has chaired the dissertation committees of nearly 60 doctoral students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and has served as principal investigator on grants totaling more than $135 million, many funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Popkin was selected to deliver the prestigious 2017 Foard Lecture at the UNC Gillings School and plenary talks at European Obesity Congress, the AHA Epidemiology-lifestyle conference, the Aust-New Zealand Obesity Congress and the South Korean Obesity congress, among others in 2017-18.
Executive Director at Susan G. Komen® Greater Central & East Texas
Jeannine joined Komen in 2010 passionate about empowering women and providing resources to the most vulnerable in our community. Like so many, she has lost friends to breast cancer and seen countless lives and families forever changed. She brings experience in sales and operations leadership to the Affiliate, 10 years with a Fortune 200 company and 13 years in the non-profit sector, most recently as VP Operations and Walk Director for Komen Austin and Komen Greater CETX. Jeannine is most excited about connecting and empowering work teams, stakeholders and organizations to make their highest contribution. She believes strongly in Komen’s foundation of grassroots activism to elevate and expand Komen’s contributions as a thought leader, impact maker, and critical catalyst for everyone in the breast cancer space.
A life-long learner, she is a proud alumnus of Leadership Austin and the Seton Cove Leadership Pilgrimage. She has served with several community organizations, most recently as VP for Young Men’s Service League. A Midwest native, with 3 children, she enjoys everything Austin and Hill Country.
Executive Director NAMI Central Texas
Karen Ranus is the Executive Director of the Central Texas affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Central Texas). She sits on the Travis County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, the Steering Committee of the Austin State Hospital System Redesign and the Advisory Council for the Center on Youth Mental Health. She is a 2020 Frank McBee Fellow and a frequent speaker in the community on mental health topics. She is the mother of college-age daughters who live with mental health issues and often shares her story in the community to help dispel myths and start positive mental health conversations.
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