Fitter, better rested, more appreciative: research reveals the positive changes experienced by some during lockdown

Lynn Williams, University of Strathclyde National lockdowns have been the most profound and significant public health interventions within living memory. They have been difficult socially and economically, and have negatively affected people’s health in many different ways. But for some people lockdowns have provided an unexpected opportunity to make positive changes to their lives, running …

How to calmly navigate personal interactions during COVID-19

Laura Rees, Queen’s University, Ontario Thanks to COVID-19, we’ve slowly built new routines centred on being at home. But as we start to enter various phases of reopening and increased contact, we may feel uncomfortable interacting in person again. Treating each interaction as a type of micro-negotiation provides a helpful road map for navigating these …

An ode to mac and cheese, the poster child for processed food

Jeffrey Miller, Colorado State University In January 2015, food sales at restaurants overtook those at grocery stores for the first time. Most thought this marked a permanent shift in the American meal. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, that trend took a U-turn. Restaurant revenue cratered, while shoppers emptied grocery shelves stocking up on food to …