STUDY: Drinking Water in the United States: Implications of Water Safety, Access, & Consumption

A new study from researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Stanford Medicine Division of General Pediatrics, University of California Nutrition Policy Institute, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was published today in the Annual Review of Nutrition. Plain water is recommended to replace sugar-sweetened beverages to support health yet concerns about … Continue reading “STUDY: Drinking Water in the United States: Implications of Water Safety, Access, & Consumption”

Scientific Advisory & Policy Statement on Built Environment & Active Transportation from AHA

A new Scientific Advisory and Policy Statement on the built environment and active transportation from the American Heart Association was published today in Circulation. Dr. Angie Cradock of the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health contributed specifically to “Creating Built Environments That Expand Active Transportation … Continue reading “Scientific Advisory & Policy Statement on Built Environment & Active Transportation from AHA”

STUDY: Impact of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act on Obesity Trends

A new study from the CHOICES Project, “Impact Of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act On Obesity Trends,” was published today in Health Affairs. The study’s research team, led by Erica Kenney, examined the impact of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on child obesity risk. The legislation strengthened nutritional standards for meals and beverages provided … Continue reading “STUDY: Impact of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act on Obesity Trends”

STUDY: Implementing the New Child and Adult Care Food Program’s Nutrition Standards in Boston

A new study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health studied the implementation of the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s new nutrition standards in Boston Family Child Care Homes, and found that the majority of these providers did not receive training or technical assistance regarding these updated standards, and few had knowledge … Continue reading “STUDY: Implementing the New Child and Adult Care Food Program’s Nutrition Standards in Boston”

STUDY: Correlates of Infrequent Plain Water Intake Among US High School Students: National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2017

A new study coauthored by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health assessed the factors associated with infrequent plain water intake among U.S. high school students. The authors found infrequent plain water intake was associated with younger age, poor academic grades, poor dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity. Adolescents are the highest consumers … Continue reading “STUDY: Correlates of Infrequent Plain Water Intake Among US High School Students: National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2017”

CHOICES Story from the Field: Oklahoma Takes Action to Improve Child Health

The CHOICES Project released the first in its series of Stories from the Field today. The CHOICES Stories from the Field seek to capture the successes that partners have achieved after working with the CHOICES team. Through the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership, partners in Oklahoma worked with the CHOICES Team to see what would happen … Continue reading “CHOICES Story from the Field: Oklahoma Takes Action to Improve Child Health”

STUDY: Impact of Changes to the CACFP on Children’s Dietary Intake in Family Child Care Homes

A new study, “Impact of Changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program on Children’s Dietary Intake in Family Child Care Homes,” was published today in the Public Health Nutrition. Abstract OBJECTIVE: To estimate the impact of recent changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern on young children’s diets … Continue reading “STUDY: Impact of Changes to the CACFP on Children’s Dietary Intake in Family Child Care Homes”

STUDY: Projections of U.S. State-Level Prevalence of Adult Obesity and Severe Obesity

A new study from the CHOICES Project, “Projected U.S. State-Level Prevalence of Adult Obesity and Severe Obesity,” was published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. This study finds that about half of the adult U.S. population will have obesity and about a quarter will have severe obesity by 2030. Severe obesity—once a rare condition—is … Continue reading “STUDY: Projections of U.S. State-Level Prevalence of Adult Obesity and Severe Obesity”

STUDY: Assessing the Effectiveness of OSNAP Scaled-Up Nationally

A new study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health looked at the effects and costs of two training models to scale-up the Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical Activity (OSNAP) Initiative at a national level, and noted some promising findings. In this group-randomized trial, authors studied implementation of the Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical … Continue reading “STUDY: Assessing the Effectiveness of OSNAP Scaled-Up Nationally”

STUDY: Cost-Effectiveness of Water Promotion Strategies in Schools

A new study from the CHOICES Project at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health found that installing chilled water dispensers on school lunch lines could be a relatively low-cost strategy to help children drink more water and prevent future cases of childhood obesity. Increasing access to and promotion of drinking water in … Continue reading “STUDY: Cost-Effectiveness of Water Promotion Strategies in Schools”