Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Conference

The Health Equity SIG Presents: Pilot of Appetite Awareness Intervention to Improve Weight Loss Maintenance for Racially Diverse Adults with Emotional Eating (SATISFY Study) The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 44th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions happened in Phoenix, AZ, from April 26-29, 2023. The theme of the meeting was “Translating Science into Impact.” Meeting sessions showcased success stories in translating behavioral science into real-world impact and prepared attendees to overcome barriers and increase the impact of their work. The world needs behavioral medicine now more than ever. On April 27, 2023, the LFL team presented our SATISFY study by the


Unpacking Diabetes Medications: Uses and Misuses  

Approximately 11.3% of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, a condition in which insulin resistance results in blood sugar dysregulation, with symptoms including vision loss, delayed healing of sores, and heart disease.1 Preventing disease progression and identifying effective treatments can be challenging for those who receive this diagnosis.2 However, medication advancements have eased many people’s difficulty navigating a diabetes diagnosis.  If misused, however, these medications can be dangerous. While there are many diabetes medications, glucagons (e.g., Ozempic) and insulin are among the most common.3  Ozempic   Ozempic is an injectable glucagon medication to help type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients lower their


From Binge Eating to Type 2 Diabetes: Understanding the Potential Link 

Over 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), comprising the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.1 In recent years, researchers have observed a relationship between eating disorders, most commonly binge eating disorder (BED), and T2D, with up to 40% of T2D patients reporting disordered eating behaviors.2  Binge eating has been found to have a complex relationship with T2D, with research suggesting that it can act as both a risk factor for the development of T2D and a potential challenge to T2D management. Studies have shown that individuals who suffer from BED have a higher


Healthy Heart Expo … Love Your Heart

On February 25, 2023, the Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc held a community service initiative to bring heart health awareness to the Charlotte area. The event was open to the public and included many community platforms such as Mecklenburg Public Health Department, the YMCA, American Heart Association, Atrium Health, and more. The Living FREE Lab’s project manager Dr. Ramine Alexander was personally invited to share her knowledge and work with nutrition and heart health at the event. Accompanied by one of the lab’s project coordinators, Tyisha Harper, they created a heart-healthy display about how everyday food affects our health. This display was interactive for


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