The power of policy; what happens when sweetened beverages are taxed & school meals are legislated to be more nutritious?

A review of two implemented policies—an excise tax of 1.81 cents/ounce on sweetened beverages in Philadelphia, and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010—shows that both policies had a positive impact on health and health behaviors. Authors of the studies include Harvard Pop Center faculty affiliates Sara Bleich and Steven Gortmaker, and former post-doctoral fellow … Continue reading “The power of policy; what happens when sweetened beverages are taxed & school meals are legislated to be more nutritious?”

Study points to marked increase in marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages in grocery stores when food stamps are dispersed

Faculty member SV Subramanian, PhD, and former RWJF Health & Society Scholar Christina Roberto, are among the authors of a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that has received coverage in The Washington Post. Photo: Karl Norling on Flickr

Christina Roberto honored with research grant during Obesity Week in Boston

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, was recently awarded The Obesity Society’s (TOS) 2014 Early-Career Research Grant. Currently an Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Roberto was honored with the grant during Obesity Week, the annual scientific and educational conference for obesity … Continue reading “Christina Roberto honored with research grant during Obesity Week in Boston”