Center for the Advancement of Public Health Blog

Being Natural

This is the time of year that’s all about “being natural." The temperature is becoming more moderate most of the time; it’s the time when we can enjoy living without artificial temperature modification, when we can turn off the heat and not turn on the air conditioning.

Happy New Year!

The transition from one year to the next provides an opportunity every year to refresh, to renew, to recharge and to reorient ourselves. That’s often what happens with the resolutions people make as January comes around each year. What have you done? What did you resolve? And, several weeks after the start of the New Year, what is the status of these resolutions for you??

Autumn is Upon Us

It's the time of year when a lot of change in nature surrounds us. The evenings get cooler, the days are not as hot, the humidity drops, and the colors surrounding us change from a vibrant green to a multitude of shades or orange, yellow, and red. It’s a glorious time of year – it makes me want to package the weather and save it!

Summer Reflections

With the heat of summer upon us, the warmth is something we can use. Whether we warm our spirits, kindle the fire within us, or let the sun shine on some new ideas, summer is a time when we can renew our energies and our passions. This is the case with this new website for George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health (GMU’s CAPH).

David Anderson

Dr. Anderson combines scholarly research with applications at the local, state and national level. As Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health [], he directs numerous research and community service projects. His research emphasizes college students, school and community leaders, youth, program planners, and policy makers.

Dr. Anderson co-authors national surveys on drug/alcohol prevention efforts, at the college, community college and secondary school level. He is co-director of the Understanding Teen Drinking Cultures in America project, a research initiative involving quantitative and qualitative strategies [see]. He co-authors the College Alcohol Survey, the nation's longitudinal survey of four-year college efforts addressing alcohol, drug, tobacco and violence (1979 - 2014). He co-directed the Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies project which includes a family of resources (Sourcebook, Task Force Planner, and Action Planner) [see]. His award-winning project Healthy Expectations, with COMPASS: A Roadmap to Healthy Living, emphasizes life health planning and healthy transitions to college; this has resulted in a resource guide [COMPASS Roadmap: Destination Health] helpful for organizations seeking to replicate the initiative [see]. He recently publlished Best of CHOICES: Alcohol Education 1998-2008 with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Prior to arriving at Mason in 1987, he served as a student affairs administrator at Ohio University, Radford University, and The Ohio State University.

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