BOLSTER COLLABORATIVE

 

EVIDENCE-BASED RESOURCES TO SUPPORT POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 
 

Dr. Duffey is a regular contributor to Bolster Collaborative's Practice Briefs, which provide insight into key findings on current, high-quality, innovative research on youth development topics. Kiyah's Practice Briefs use her expertise in nutrition science to focus on ways that schools can strengthen their commitment to positive and healthy youth development both in and out of the lunchroom. 

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BREAKFAST CONSUMPTION AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

In this Practice Brief, Bolster Collaborative contributor Kiyah Duffey discusses how breakfast contributes to success in school and how brain function is affected by regular breakfast consumption

 

 

 

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Empower Resilience Intervention Provides Powerful Tools Among Teens Experiencing ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) - defined as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction - are often chronicand are a key risk factor for negative health outcomes. Scores of articles have long demonstrated a relationship between exposure to childhood adversity and a range of negative outcomes throughout the life span. But a new intervention seeks to empower young people to overcome these experiences through resilience training. Author Kiyah Duffey tells us more about what works and how you can help.

LIKE! USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROMOTE POSITIVE BEHAVIORS

Social media has been linked to many negative behaviors involving young people.  But can it have a positive effect?  Author Kiyah Duffey explores some of the research on this topic and provides hope and ideas on how it can be a positive influence.

 

OBESITY PREVENTION IN SCHOOLS: GOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE

Obesity remains a significant health concern for school-aged children. This is especially true in the United States where an estimated 17% of 2-19 year olds are defined as obese (i.e., having excess body fat given their height, as measured by Body Mass Index [BMI]). Author Kiyah Duffey looks at the recent research and sheds light on the comparable aspects of successful obesity prevention work, suggesting that there are some evidence-based best practices that can help you promote positive change. 

 

FOOD AND HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AS A MEANS OF ENGAGEMENT

What role do schools and youth-serving organizations play in supporting children’s mental and emotional health around the holiday season? Author Kiyah Duffey provides us the latest insight into family engagement, traditions and the connection to food. 

 

FEEDING THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN

Adolescence is a time of immense change for an adolescent brain. In this Practice Brief, we explore the emerging research on the impact of nutrition on cognition and brain development. Author Kiyah Duffey explores the current science on the topic and offers recommendations for action.

 

BRING YOUTH TO THE TABLE: FOSTERING CONNECTIONS THROUGH MEALS

School lunches are getting a make over but improvements in what kids are served in the school lunch line still leaves room for improvement in how they eat while at school. Author Kiyah Duffey discusses the vital role teachers and school staff can play.

 

ENGAGING YOUTH, EMPOWERING HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES

The ways in which we interact with children can have profound effects on their self-regulation: the ability of a child to govern him/herself in very specific ways. Research has also shown that children who have the opportunity to practice self-regulation, as they do when making their own food decisions, fair better later in life: they have higher self-esteem, better test scores and are more resilient. Author Kiyah Duffey explains what we can do to help children of all ages to becoming better at self-regulation.

 

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH: BEGINNING & CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION

Author Kiyah Duffey brings our attention to National Nutrition Month and lists multiple suggestions on where to go to keep this conversation on the front burner. 

 

INCREASING SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-EFFICACY THROUGH SCHOOL GARDENS

Author, Kiyah Duffey reviews the research to find a possible connection to self-esteem and gardening programs.  Read how the two are connected. 

 

STUDENT ATHLETES: HYDRATION & BEVERAGE GUIDELINES 

We all know exercise is important and more students each year are participating in sports. The issue of dehydration should be on the minds of everyone. Based on recent research author Kiyah Duffey tells us why and what can be done.