CMCH Director Meets with Surgeon General

by CMCH | CMCH | November 8, 2005



Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, met with Surgeon General Richard Carmona on November 8th to urge him to put media effects on the national public health agenda as a critical environmental health issue of the Information Age.
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Smoking in the Movies

by Frances Rivera | WHDH TV | November 7, 2005

A new study suggests smoking is something kids may learn to do by watching movies. Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed about the study:

“Movie exposure stood independently as a primary risk factor for smoking. Kids learn from the television shows, they learn from the video games they play. So this doesn’t surprise me at all.”

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Reel Life

by Matthew Cyr | Dream Magazine | October 20, 2005

Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), a project of CMCH that uses video diaries to learn more about the illness experience, makes the cover story of Dream Magazine.
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Messages in the Music

by Denene Millner | Essence Magazine | October 1, 2005

In October’s Essence magazine, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, weighs in on what children learn from music lyrics.

“Children look to popular music, movies and TV shows to help them figure out who they should be.”

“Given that many children spend more time with some form of media than they do at school or with parents, they’re more likely to be influenced by the likes of Nelly or Eminem.”
Read the full article at Essence Magazine.

Director of CMCH Wins AAP Award

by American Academy of Pediatrics | AAP News | October 1, 2005

Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, is the recipient of the Holroyd-Sherry Award, given in recognition of “outstanding contributions in the field of children, adolescents and the media by an AAP member.”

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Edutainment: Smart programming?

by Thomas K. Arnold | USA Today | August 23, 2005

With an onslaught of TV shows aimed at toddlers, and the Baby Einstein series taking in more than $170 million in sales last year, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, weighs in on whether or not this “edutainment” is beneficial for children.

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Safe Games Illinois Act Signed Into Law

by Governor Rod Blagojevich | Illinois Governor's Office | July 25, 2005

In March 2005, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, testified before the Illinois legislature on the effects of video games. On July 25, 2005 Illinois became the only state in the nation to protect children from violent and sexually explicit video games by prohibiting the sale or rental of these games to minors under age 18.

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Read the full article at Illinois Governor's Office.