An HPRC study found that children consumed more salty and sugary foods and nearly twice as many calories when they brought their own after-school snack, as compared to when they consumed only program-provided snacks. Continue reading
Check out Dr. Steve Gortmaker’s Food Revolution Day guest blog on the importance of getting kids excited about healthy eating and living, and the work the HPRC is doing to create tools for change: Continue reading
The recent launch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Partnership for a Healthier America’s “Drink Up” campaign has made H2O a focus of national conversation.
Water access and consumption is one of HPRC’s five identified key targets for obesity prevention. From the national down to the local level, we have plenty of resources to contribute to the discussion:
Out of School Time Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP) Resources:
- Water tip sheet
- Water fast map
- Water pitcher sanitation guide
- Working with school food service
- Policy writing guide for beverages
NOPREN Water Access Working Group
The Water Access working group focuses on policies and economic issues regarding free and safe water access.
Cradock AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker G. Getting Back on Tap: The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S95-101.
Giles CM, Kenney EL, Gortmaker SL, Lee RM, Thayer JC, Mont-Ferguson H, Cradock AL. Increasing Water Availability During Afterschool Snack: Evidence, Strategies, and Partnerships from a Group Randomized Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S136-42.
(Reuters Health) – Children who exercise at school don’t make up for the extra effort by being less active at home, according to a new U.S. study that used accelerometers to track kids’ activity levels.
“What this argues for is we should be increasing activity in schools,” said Michael Long, the lead author of the new study and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
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The Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative’s (MYOC) toolkit, “Keep ME Heatlhy” has now been included in the National Cancer Institute’s online community “Research to Reality (R2R).”
“Some major U.S. public health problems are perpetuated and exacerbated at least in part by lifestyle choices and individual behavior. Policymakers at all levels of government are struggling to find ways of intervening to promote wellness and reduce unhealthy behaviors without overstepping the limits of their authority or infringing on personal liberties. What can and should government do to reduce obesity and tobacco use?”
Watch experts Thomas Farley, Steven Gortmaker, and Cass Sunstein address these and other questions about health promotion and the state in this video roundtable discussion
Check out Michael Long’s paper, “Public support for policies to improve the nutritional impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” and “Identifying whole grain foods: a comparison of different approaches for selecting more healthful whole grain products” by Rebecca Mozzaffarian.
(The Boston Globe) — “Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston and public health authorities unveiled a public awareness campaign…that urges residents to reduce consumption of sweetened beverages…The campaign, which will include a media blitz, premieres a month before an executive order by Menino phases out the sale, advertising, and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages in all city buildings…The…federally funded campaign will blanket Boston…[and] focus on black and Latino neighborhoods.”
(The Boston Globe) — “The seven-year-old policy restricting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in Boston Public Schools appears to be paying off: Consumption dropped among high school students…The drop in Boston compares with very little change…among teenagers nationally…The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, at the direction of state legislators…proposed instituting a similar policy in all the state’s public schools that would take effect in the 2012-2013 school year.”