Informatics Research Seminar: Using Social Media to Promote Physical Activity
March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Speaker: Bhibha M. Das, PhD, MPH
Presented from ECU
Broadcast Link: Seminar
Despite the evidence that physical activity and proper nutrition are beneficial to a healthy lifestyle, many individuals struggle with adhering to these behaviors. As technology advances and becomes an ever-present part of today’s society, it is critical to understand how technology can be used to promote healthy lifestyles for chronic disease prevention and management and improvement of quality of life. One such strategy is the use of social media for dissemination of healthy lifestyles. This talk will focus on two interventions, Pirates for HEALTH and Project LIFT-Off, that use social media to promote healthy lifestyles.
Bhibha M. Das earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters in Public Health from University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Doctorate in Kinesiology and Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bhibha is employed currently at East Carolina University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Prior to her academic career, Bhibha worked in the field of public health, first at the Illinois Department of Public Health and then at Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc. Dr. Das’ research interests include physical activity promotion for improvements in quality of life in worksites and underserved populations.