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February 15, 2024

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NEW EPISODE ALERT!! Dr. Rhea brings on early childhood educator and OLE! Texas leadership member, Cheryl Potemkin, to share her expertise on outdoor learning environments. Listen as they discuss the goals of OLE! Texas, the benefits and qualities of outdoor learning environments, and the abundance of resources in Texas and nationwide for the promotion of outdoor learning. Listen NOW on Spotify, Apple, or here: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/liink-project #rightmovespodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #outdoorlearningenvironment #outdoorlearning #wholehealth #wholechildhealth #play #OutdoorPlay #unstructuredplay ...
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February 7, 2024

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NEW EPISODE ALERT!! Dr. Rhea continues her discussion from a whole-health perspective and introducing more blurred lines between healthy and unhealthy habits. Tune in as Dr. Rhea discusses more about diets, healthy eating, and how to manage individual food issues.Listen NOW on Apple, Spotify, or here: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/liink-project#rightmovespodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #health #wholehealth #nutrition #play #unstructuredplay #OutdoorPlay #childhealth #AdultHealth #healthyeating ...
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January 31, 2024

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NEW EPISODE ALERT!! In a world that glorifies fad diets and “easy” weight loss trends, how do we keep from blurring the lines between healthy and unhealthy eating habits? Dr. Rhea dives into nutrition from a whole-health perspective, explaining the risk of blurring lines without realizing it and what considerations are needed to eat better and begin to create a healthier lifestyle moving forward.Listen NOW on Apple, Spotify, or here: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/liink-project #RightMovesPodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #wholehealth #nutrition #healthyliving #healthyfood #health #play #outdoorplay #child #wholechildhealth ...
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January 24, 2024

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NEW EPISODE ALERT!! Bethany Fort returns with Dr. Rhea to discuss one of the biggest challenges play advocates face when working to make play a priority – lack of funding – and why funding is necessary for the sustainment and accessibility of play.This is part 2 of a 2-part series with Bethany. Listen to both parts NOW on Spotify, Apple, or here: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/liink-project #rightmovespodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #nonprofitfunding #nonprofit #play #playadvocacy #OutdoorPlay #playforall #playdeserts #wholechildhealth #wholehealth ...
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January 23, 2024

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The LiiNK team is hard at work this week in the Hair Cortisol Lab, processing all the samples we collected in the fall semester! This study will allow us see stress levels of children receiving different amounts of recess time, as well as stress levels across different races and socioeconomic statuses. Shout out to Dr. Cheek for sharing his expertise and lab space!#lab #haircortisol #tculiink #liinkcenter #unstructuredplay #stress #childhealth #children #schools #wholechildhealth #recess #play ...
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January 18, 2024

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Right Moves Podcast is back with season 3!! Dr. Rhea kicks off this season with Bethany Fort, discussing play deserts and her non-profit organization, Out to Play. Unstructured play is necessary to all humans, especially children, but how easy is it to have unstructured play in our daily lives? We can play anywhere… right? Bethany explains the prevalence of play deserts, particularly in urban areas, and how ”Out to Play” is working to bring unstructured play to you!This is part 1 of a 2-part series with Bethany. Listen now on Spotify, Apple, or the link in our bio!www.outtoplaytx.com/#rightmovespodcast #tculiink #liinkcenter #play #outtoplay #unstructuredplay #wholechildhealth #riskyplay #OutdoorPlay #playdeserts #playspaces ...
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January 9, 2024

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December 7, 2023

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NEW PUBLICATION! Dr. Rhea, and TCU graduates, Dr. Farbo and Dr. Campbell-Pierre looked into outdoor play preferences of adults aged 18-80, and the importance of creating public play spaces for children AND adults. Read here: liinkproject.tcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/JKW-Rhea-et-al-Adult-Outdoor-Play-Preferences.pdf#tculiink #liinkcenter #newpublication #research #OutdoorPlay #playforallages #wholehealth #outdoordesign #nature #playspaces ...
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December 5, 2023

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The LiiNK team had a blast at Texas-AHPERD last week! Grad student, Rayna Webb, won first place for her poster presentation on social emotional health in students, and PhD candidate, Kate Webb taught physical educators and coaches the importance of testing muscular strength and control for all children.#tculiink #liinkcenter #TexAHPERD #convention #socialemotionalhealth #wholechildhealth #muscularstrength #muscularcontrol #research #play ...
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November 27, 2023

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NEW EPISODE ALERT!!Parents continue to enroll their children in sport at younger ages thinking this will give them a leg up on being a better athlete. Coaches have begun to require children to specialize in one sport at earlier ages in hopes of being more competitive. Are these practices healthy for our children and youth? Dr. Rhea brings back her PhD candidate, Kate Webb, to further discuss why focusing on specialized sports and competition at early ages may not be developmentally appropriate or healthy for children and can lead to limb imbalances, injuries, and decreased confidence.This is part 2 of a 2-part series with Kate. Listen to both parts NOW at Spotify, Apple, or here: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/liink-project #rightmovespodcast #newepisode #tculiink #liinkcenter #youthsports #sportspecialization #play #OutdoorPlay #wholechildhealth ...
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