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 for 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
Dr. Sara della Bella
Nathaly Aya Pastrana, MSc
Iride V. Baranella
the SINC team
news and updates
“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[…]
Ms. Natalie Rangelov and team won the best poster award at the European Social Marketing Conference in Espoo Finland. Kudos to all the authors and thanks to the research participants, stakeholders, and funders for allowing this work to happen. Rangelov N., Della Bella S., Marques-Vidal P., Suggs L.S (2016). The effect of a Social Marketing[…]
Professor Suggs will lead a discussion on “Communication in healthcare: On-going lessons from the ICT revolution” at the APAC Forum in Sydney Australia, Sept 12-14. She will be joined by: Jerrill Rechter, CEO of VicHealth, Julie Leasks, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney Prof. Jaime Miranda, Director of CRONICAS Centre of Excellence[…]
Course taught by Professor Suggs in the SSPH+ Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management. Lugano Switzerland, 1-3 September 2016
Since the USI Press and local media ran the stories, some people from the community and beyond have been asking me and some of my team members if it is Prof. Suzanne Suggs who is the USI Communication professor that is under investigation for plagiarism. Answer: No, it is not Prof. Suggs.