W&M professor wants to make the world better through child’s play

Dr. KH Kim, a professor of educational psychology at William & Mary,

Children need to play and burn off energy. That’s what recess is all about. But as a College of William & Mary professor knows, children also need active play time every day to foster their creative sides and develop into productive, successful adults. That’s why she’s concerned about a recent decline in creativity among American children, which can be […]

Flu widespread in Virginia for second week in a row, state health official says

Woman caught cold , flue, running nose, selective  focus on hand and  tissue box

For the second consecutive week, the flu is “widespread” in Virginia, according to the state’s Department of Health. For the week that ended Dec. 31, flu was widespread in the commonwealth, according to data collected by the health department and released Thursday.  For the week that ended Dec. 24, Virginia was one of eight states with “widespread” flu […]

Local father overcomes stutter with help of family, community and ‘Goodnight Moon’

Brian Sellers, who spent most of his life challenged by stuttering, relishes his newfound ability to read bedtime stories to his children. (Courtesy Heather Sellers)

Four years ago, Brian Sellers couldn’t read “Goodnight Moon” to his two-year-old daughter. The harder he tried, the more he struggled. Finally, his daughter requested that her mother read to her at bedtime. It was a difficult reality for Sellers. The rejection by his daughter wasn’t based on Sellers’ literacy — it was because Sellers […]

Amidst national epidemic, Sentara emergency department updates opioid prescription policies

(Courtesy of Sentara)

Last year, 806 people died from opioid-related deaths in Virginia. This year, it’s estimated that more than 1,000 people will meet the same fate. In November, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared a national opioid epidemic. To limit the number of opioid prescriptions, Sentara emergency departments are changing the way the addictive drug is prescribed to […]

Prescription park program calls for a dose of nature

New Quarter Park is on the prescribed parks list for ParkRX. (Brian Jenkins/WYDaily)

In 1854, Henry David Thoreau penned in his book “Walden,” “We need the tonic of wildness…we can never have enough of nature.” He believed that human vitality hinged on having a connection to the natural world. One hundred sixty-two years later, a pilot program in the Park Research Lab at the College of William & […]