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July 17, 2021

The COVID/Obesity Link & the Importance of Citizen Science
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The COVID/Obesity Link
Recent research shows a strong connection between COVID 19 and obesity, especially in younger people. We’ll talk with Carmen Piernas, MSc, PhD, University Research Lecturer at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, who says one simple calculation can assess your risk of hospitalization or death.
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The Importance of Citizen Science
Citizen science has become a global force, as millions of amateurs contribute vast amounts of data on the natural world. But scientists have been reluctant to use the data. We'll talk Rebecca Johnson, PhD, Co-Director of Citizen Science and Research Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology at the California Academy of Sciences. She has devised a way to merge professional and amateur data, in order to answer important questions about our planet's biodiversity and how it is changing.
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Surprising Benefits of Family Meals
89% of Americans believe it's important for families to have as many family meals as possible each week. Shannon M. Robson, PhD, from the University of Delaware, led a study that showed that more frequent family meals were associated with better dietary outcomes and improved family relationships.
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