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Thomas J. O’Grady, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a data minded professional who is an avid runner, hiker, and lover of the outdoors.
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At the Olympic Games, Simon Biles brought to light the high levels of stress that elite athletes face when performing at high levels and the potential detrimental effects that this stress can have on mental health. Tennis star Naomi Osaka is another example of a gifted but troubled athlete. Unfortunately…


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Forty years ago in June 1981, a short medical report was released in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) outlining five young men from Los Angeles who all had cases of pneumocystis pneumonia. That report is now known to be what was…


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June 5th is a big day in the world of public health and medicine as it marks the 40th anniversary of the first clinical reports of HIV/AIDS in the United States.

On June 5, 1981, a report title “Pneumocystis Pneumonia — — Los Angeles” was received by clinicians, public health…


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There are so many stories about hard-partying rock stars that it can be easy to slap a stereotype on the entire group and call their lifestyle and bad-boy antics living “the good life”. The 1980s was an interesting time period of political conservativism coupled with breathtaking technological advances and extravagant…


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The key to health and fitness is to keep it as simple and fun as possible. We tend to complicate things before we ever even start a program. One way to escape the paralysis of choice is to pick a basic exercise and take action. …


Two examples of activities that connect people to the environment and world around them to create climate consciousness

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I’ve been on a bit of a hiking spree lately. A hiking and trail-running spree would be a more appropriate assessment. In 2020 I finally completed a long-standing personal goal of completing…


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Some of the most rewarding conversations that I have about fitness are when I’m reminded of the killer workouts that even the most basic exercises can provide. When most people think of Memorial Day, their thoughts likely go to picnics and spending some relaxing time with family. Those are the…


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“Many decisions are made in our lifetime, Most relatively insignificant while others life altering” — Jon Krakauer in Where Men Win Glory

In addition to honoring the memory of fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for American freedoms, Memorial Day weekend is a great time for reflection about life…


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While earning my master's degree in public health and then going on to earn my Ph.D. in epidemiology, it should be no surprise that I had frequent and lengthy conversations with my primary mentor. There were several topics outside of the classwork and research I was working on that we…


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Twenty years ago today on May 28, 2001, Alan Webb stole the show at the Prefontaine Classic without even winning the race he was entered in. At the start of the race, Webb was a high school senior going up against the fastest men in the world over a 1-mile…

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