A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that severe childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States. The study may come as a surprise to some, given an earlier report from the Centers for Disease Control that showed obesity rates falling among children between ages 2 and 5.
So, in light of that, here's the topic of this week's #dchat: How might we design for better nutrition?
What methods have you seen work? Have you applied design thinking to your own nutritional regimen? What are potential entry points you see for design thinking? This is an opportunity to think more broadly about the role of design in nutrition, share resources, routines, recipes, challenges, and system improvements with an eye towards design thinking.
Our special guest this week is Matt Rothe (@mattrothe). Matt is an alum of the d.school fellows program (2012-2013) and currently serves as a lecturer at the d.school. He is also a co-founder of the FEED Collaborative, which combines social entrepreneurship, design thinking and experiential education to radically design local food systems. Matt is also a born farmer, and a graduate of Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Prior to the d.school, he was the Sustainable Food Program Manager for Stanford Dining. He spends his free time tending to his garden and chickens at the Stanford Community Farm.
We'll convene on Twitter around #dchat at 6pm and go until 7pm, per our usual schedule. We look forward to seeing you there!
Update: And here's our recap for this week!