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Coverage on the Blue Zones (the place where the highest proportion of people living over 100 years of age)-- What the PARCI lab is doing to bring these principles to others, across the lifespan. More at Virginia Living and


All movement counts

Run, walk, garden, group class... Dance breaks in your office. All movement counts. Click the image for the 3 min clip.

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Realistic Goals to Stay in Shape

Washington ABC7 — For 2023, getting in shape and staying in shape is a top priority for thousands of Americans and if you are struggling, we have some help for you. Dr. Samantha Harden, a Behavioral Psychologist & Associate Professor at Virginia Tech shared the importance of setting realistic goals. Click image for full video.

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Promoting health during COVID 19

Samantha Harden, through the Physical Activity Research & Community Implementation (PARCI) Lab, is offering weekly virtual physical activity meetups to help with physical and mental activity.


In partnership with the Family Nutrition Program, the Physical Activity Research & Community Implimentation Lab is offering recurring Mindful Meetups on Mondays at 9 a.m.

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Smartwatch app could inspire more frequent physical activity, Virginia Tech study finds

"As we hypothesized, engagement with the watches encouraged friendly competition within the groups we studied,” said Samantha Harden, an assistant professor of human nutrition, foods, and exercise. “When individuals could see what their counterparts were doing, it drove them to be more physically active, even if that was hopping on a basement treadmill as late as 10 p.m.” More at:

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5 Easy Ways to Get more Active

Becoming and staying active is not just about working your body. We all experience barriers such as scheduling issues, busy lives, a lack of confidence, choosing the wrong exercises, or not having anyone to go try that new class in the neighborhood. Knowing you are not alone in this struggle often helps us change our attitudes and we can begin, or try again, to be active. More at:

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The art, science, and application of yoga for health.

Invited presentation that links yoga principles and the Blue Zones lessons. Shared at the University of Costa Rica's 10th anniversary of the Center for Human Movement (CIMOHU).

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Finding the Why Behind Your Why

Weeks after New Years, our motivation may be waning. I share that we need to tap into what makes someone want to get healthy. Click the image below to watch full clip.

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How to build healthy habits this summer

“The most important thing is we need to move more everyday, no matter where, but outdoors is more enjoyable,” says Samantha Harden, an associate professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech.

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Advisory Appointee

Samantha Harden, an associate professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute as a member of its Advisory Panel on Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science. PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to fund research that will provide patients, caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions.


Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages physical activity through Move More, Virginia! campaign

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program, in collaboration with the Physical Activity Research and Community Implementation Laboratory of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, is excited to announce the availability of free video resources to help Virginians meet the physical activity recommendations of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The video resources are part of an initiative to help Virginians exercise by providing free video resources that make exercising at home more enjoyable and safe and is part of the Move More, Virginia! campaign.More at:

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