Applied Research

CROET Director Steve Shea publishes study that explains what triggers late-night snack cravings

A study published in the most recent version of the journal Obesity found that the body’s internal clock, the circadian system, increases hunger and cravings for sweet, starchy and salty foods in the evenings. While the urge to consume more in the evening may have helped our ancestors store energy to survive longer in times of food scarcity, in the current environment of high-calorie food, those late night snacks may result in significant weight gain. … Read More

Oregon Student’s Poster Selected in SHADE Contest

  Congratulations to Catherine L. of Bonny Slope Elementary School in Beaverton upon the selection of her poster as the top entry from Oregon in this year’s SHADE contest! Catherine’s entry resulted from CROET outreach into the schools. The SHADE contest is a collaborative program between the SHADE Foundation of America and the Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise Program. SHADE and SunWise sponsor this contest, along with other educational programs, in efforts to educate children, their … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Seeks Pilot Project Applications

  The Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center seeks applications for two Pilot Projects that will expand our portfolio of research on programs that improve occupational health, safety, and personal wellness. A maximum of $50,000 for the first pilot and a maximum of $25,000 for the second pilot is available for a 1-year project beginning in August, 2013. The proposal must address a strategic goal in a NIOSH NORA sector area. For the $50,000 award, the Principal … Read More

Wellness at GOSH: What are you waiting for?

Don’t wait until the last minute! Join us at the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference short course on wellness – Thursday, March 7 at the Oregon Convention Center. Register online and select course # 706 (Excellence in Wellness: Taking your program to the next level). And what can you expect? Learning about what works – networking with others with great ideas. Here’s a few highlights: Keynote presentation Sharing Data and Evidence about … Read More

Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Staying safe as we become fit

We always seek feedback from our stakeholders while exhibiting at events. Last week’s Northwest Agriculture Show was no exception. One of the more emotional requests to us as a way to make a difference in safety was a plea to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to become more visible to motorists in the dark. Here in Portland and in many of our neighboring cities, we pride ourselves on how many of us get exercise during our … Read More

What is CROET Really About?

We know that many of you see us primarily at educational events. Perhaps it’s at a health and safety conference, a meeting, or at one of our symposia. We often don’t have an opportunity to effectively share all of the pretty cool research that is happening in our labs and in the field. Researchers at CROET are eager to learn more about what is important to you and your workplace, as well as to share … Read More

Giving Thanks to our Unsung Heroes

We face so many challenges within our healthcare system. And here at CROET we are working to understand how to help make our community’s caregivers healthier and safer on and off the job. We are aware of issues many caregivers face day after day – sleep deprivation, stress, shift work, and workplace violence. Sometimes we forget to reflect on the amazing work done by real people caring for real patients that we love. Please consider … Read More

Work Stress and Focused Coping

As a way to help members of CROET, OHSU and the community get to know and meet our staff at CROET, we have been holding regular seminars to showcase their research. One of the seminars within our Young Investigator Highlight series was given by Rob Wright, a Postdoctoral Researcher working with CROET’s Ryan Olson, on January 9th.  Rob recently completed his PhD in Social Psychology and Occupational Health Psychology at Portland State University and has … Read More

Wellness@Work Strategic Planning Meeting

The planning committee to Oregon’s Wellness@Work program, now located in the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI), met Monday (January 14) to confirm and extend its mission, objectives, and organization. Pictured is the group meeting at Kaiser Permanente in Portland; others are on the phone.  Dawn Robbins, program manager, lead the meeting. Wellness@ Work provides tools to: Assess your company’s wellness culture and environment Tailor model policies to meet your organization’s needs (in wellness) Inspire other … Read More

Total Worker Health in Portland (OR) Parks and Recreation

Critical to workforce health is the safe and healthy work and home practices of the nation’s youth.  An innovative program developed by the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence, offers both safety and health training as well as healthful lifestyle information to summer workers in Portland (Oregon) Parks and Recreation pools that is subsequently reinforced by messaging on social media sites such as Facebook and Pintrest.  Depicted are focus group and study … Read More

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