Bennett’s research aims to improve the health and well-being of individuals navigating the current sociocultural and environmental barriers to eating well and developing a positive body image. To advance this mission, she works to identify the ways in which digital technology negatively impacts the health of its users and determine how technology can be used instead to expand the reach of and enhance evidence-based care for all people.
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Finds that food service directors reported that the pandemic-related regulatory waivers were very helpful in allowing them to increase flexibility and be more creative in solving problems. Reports that they believe the waivers increased participation in the USDA's summer meal program, suggesting that permanent changes to the summer meal program regulations may be appropriate.
Elaborates on how USDA's summer meal program was well-received by participants as participants reported that the program helped them worry less about ensuring their children are eating nutritionally balanced meals. Tells that participants also reported looking for information about the summer meal program on social media or in digital communication directly from their children's schools.
Suggests that researchers should use caution when recruiting participants through online portals like Amazon's MTurk.
Demonstrates that messages portrayed by the media may be strengthening the relationship between people's internal feelings about their weights and their outward stigma towards others.
Predicts willingness to track health behaviors online and with smartphone applications. Mentions people who believe they are in control of their own health are more likely to use a form of technology to monitor or change their own health behaviors.