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Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center

Healthy Beverages Initiative

Principal Investigator: Steven Gortmaker, Ph.D.
Deputy Director: Angie Cradock, Sc.D.

Policy Continuum Category: Policy Identification, Policy Development, and Policy Evaluation and Products

Project Description:
As the coordinating center of NOPREN, the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC) coordinates local and national efforts among the NOPREN members, national partners, and the CDC to advance science and practice regarding policy approaches to improve nutrition and reduce obesity.

Current research activities include evaluating the impact of Boston Mayor Menino’s new Healthy Beverage Executive Order banning sugar sweetened beverages on municipal property, and also working with the Boston Public Schools to monitor efforts to increase water access. This work addresses four areas of policy research:

  1. Identification of policies relevant to beverage access and availability;
  2. Policy development process;
  3. Beverage-related policy content, intent and enforcement; and
  4. Outcomes, direct and indirect, of policy implementation.

Research will be used to develop, promote, and disseminate model healthy beverage policies in a variety of community settings.

Journal Articles:

Posters, Presentations, & Conferences:

  • Cradock, AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker S (2012, October 30).  Getting Up to Code:  The costs associated with providing access to drinking water during the school day”.  Presented at American Public Health Association Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gortmaker, Steven (2012).  COMNet: A network of obesity modelers- beginnings, accomplishments, future ideas.  Presented at COMNet: Network Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Gortmaker, Steven (2012).  Promotion of Water in Schools and Early Education Settings.  Presented at the CDC Expert Panel on Drinking water Availability in Early Care and Education Settings, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gortmaker, Steven (2012, May 3).  The Cost Effectiveness Research on SSB Taxes.  Presented at University of New England 11th Annual Obesity Workshop, Hallowell, Maine.
  • Gortmaker, Steven (2012).  Lack of Water for Children in America: A Hidden Problem with Clear Solutions.  Presented at the Weight of the Nation, Washington, DC.
  • Gortmaker, Steven (2012).  The Impact of Sugary Drinks in Communities of Color.  Participated in panel at the Sugary Drink Summit, Washington, DC.
  • Long MW, Cradock AL, Subramanian SV, Blendon RJ, Gortmaker SL (2012).  Glass Half Full: Access to Drinking Water and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Boston Public Parks, 2001 to 2011. Presented at the Weight of the Nation, Washington, DC.
  • Cradock, AL (2012).  Using Applied Research to Build the Evidence Base for Obesity Prevention: NOPREN. Presented at the Weight of the Nation, Washington, DC.
  • Cradock, AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker S (2012).  Cost Analysis of Drinking Water Access in Massachusetts Schools during Mealtimes.  Presented at the CDC Expert Panel on Drinking Water Availability in Early Care and Education Settings, Atlanta, Georgia.

Terms of Use

NOPREN Project Period: 2011-2014 NOPREN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946.  The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent that official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.