University of Minnesota School of Public Health adjunct associate professor Dr. Gary Schwitzer was recently named to the inaugural Rodale 100 list of people, companies, and products producing positive change in communities and contributing to the wellbeing of people.
[Photo: Dr. Gary Schwitzer]
Dr. Schwitzer was named to the list under the category of Health Advocacy-health fact-checking for his work as publisher of HealthNewsReview.org (HNR). Rodale selected HNR for its efforts evaluating and grading daily health news reporting by major U.S. news organizations and calling out misleading headlines and badly reported health articles.
HNR began in 2006 and in 2015 received new funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to increase the number of systematic reviews done of health news stories and media releases. HNR bases its operations in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where Schwitzer serves as director of the school’s Center for Media Communication & Health.
The Rodale 100 list was assembled from open nominations from the publisher, Rodale Inc.’s, international network of journalists, experts, and activists in the fields of health and wellness. Honorees were selected based on work in 2015 and placed in the overall categories of social outreach, fitness, health, food, and the environment.