Addressing the double burden of disease: improving health systems for Noncommunicable and Neglected Tropical Diseases
Social setting & behavior
Examines eating behaviors and nutrition patterns of children in Ticino, Switzerland, and the influence of social settings
Swiss National Study of Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Children and Youth
A social marketing project promoting physical activity and nutrition to children and their parents.
The Sustainability Incubator. A place to study and promote sustainable behaviors
part of the Institute of Public Communication (ICP), Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (aka: University of Lugano). BeCHANGE conducts Social Marketing research, one of the five core areas of the ICP. Within this area, we focus on behavior change communication delivered through appropriate ICT and based on formative and community based participatory research methods. The primary focus of our work is on health related behaviors, but we also examine behaviors related to environment and sustainability.
We are BeCHANGE
Prof. L. Suzanne Suggs
Natalie Rangelov, MA
Nathaly Aya Pastrana, MSc
Iride V. Baranella
the SINC team
news and updates
“How food is produced and consumed has consequences for ecosystems, such as resource use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission among others. The Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) was proposed as a sustainable dietary model, due to its nutritional, environmental, economic and sociocultural dimensions. However, further evidence is needed. Thus, our objective was to evaluate the impact on[…]
Here is an appropriate way for an institution to publicly address academic misconduct by one of its professors
Researcher at Japan stem cell institute falsified nearly all images in 2017 paper In the university’s official statement, Yamanaka said: I am saddened to report that our internal investigation has concluded that a specially-appointed assistant professor at CiRA falsified and fabricated the data used in a 2017 research publication for which he was the first[…]
Congress Is Demanding Answers About Why Federal Grants Are Given To Harassers In Science https://www.buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi/lamar-smith-investigates-sexual-harassment?utm_term=.eu41QvX9m#.xka3YGLrb (text below copied directly from link above. follow link to read full text. The text in bold is because BeCHANGE wants you to notice it. ) “On Thursday, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology asked the US Government[…]
BeCHANGE researchers say KUDOS! to the Dutch Science Academy Text below is copied from: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/make-replication-studies-normal-and-essential-part-science-dutch-science-academy-says. For full text, go to the webpage “Make replication studies ‘a normal and essential part of science,’ Dutch science academy says By Matt WarrenJan. 16, 2018 , 6:30 AM Scientists, universities, funding agencies, and journals alike should be doing much more[…]
“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society”. (L.D. Fink, 2018)
This is about the future: copied from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/business/dealbook/blackrock-laurence-fink-letter.html “Laurence D. Fink, founder and chief executive of the investment firm BlackRock, is going to inform business leaders that their companies need to do more than make profits — they need to contribute to society as well if they want to receive the support of BlackRock. Mr.[…]
Suggs, L.S., Della Bella, S., Rangelov, N., and Marque-Vidal, P. (2018). Is it better at home with my family? The effects of people and place on children’s eating behavior. Appetite. 121: 111e118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.11.002.
On the 6th of November 2017, the newly appointed Coordinator of the Communication Science Doctoral College, Prof. Suggs addressed graduates, staff, family members and community members in a speech to the outgoing doctoral students. You can read the speech here: here.
BeCHANGE doctoral student, Ms. Nathaly Aya Pastrana, won the best student paper award at the World Social Marketing Conference 2017. Held this May in Washington DC, the WSMC brought together approximately 550 academics, practitioners, and policy-makers for mutual learning about social change. Ms. Aya Pastrana had 3 presentations at WSMC17 (2 academic research and 1[…]
The BeCHANGE team just published our work on Online Games to Improve Children’s Knowledge of Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines in the Global Journal of Health Sciences, published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education. See the full text at: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/html/gjhs/articles/65519.html Online Games to Improve Children’s Knowledge of Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines –[…]
Ms. Nathaly Aya Pastrana, Ph.D. student of Social Marketing, joined the Center for Excellence in Chronic Diseases (CRONICAS) at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia located in Lima, Peru, to conduct qualitative research for the COHESION Project and for her Ph.D. dissertation. Nathaly is working with the COHESION project team in Lima doing field research about community[…]