Study – Early Adopters: State Approaches to Testing School Drinking Water for Lead in the United States

A study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health conducted in conjunction with researchers from the Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California describes the features of statewide initiatives in operation between January 1, 2016 and February 28, 2018 in 24 states and the District of Columbia to conduct testing for … Continue reading “Study – Early Adopters: State Approaches to Testing School Drinking Water for Lead in the United States”

STUDY: Community-Based Policies and Support for Free Drinking Water Access in Outdoor Areas in the U.S.

This authors of this study examined community-level characteristics associated with free drinking water access policies in U.S. municipalities using data from a nationally representative survey of city managers/officials from 2,029 local governments in 2014. Outcomes were 4 free drinking water access policies. Explanatory measures were population size, rural/urban status, census region, poverty prevalence, education, and … Continue reading “STUDY: Community-Based Policies and Support for Free Drinking Water Access in Outdoor Areas in the U.S.”

STUDY: Industry-Related Research Appears Biased to Underestimate the Adverse Health Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs)

Objective: The authors of this study sought to determine the extent to which financial conflicts of interest involving the food industry may have biased nutrition studies. To explore this question, they conducted research involving sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) as a test case, focusing on a period during which scientific consensus about the adverse health effects of SSB emerged from … Continue reading “STUDY: Industry-Related Research Appears Biased to Underestimate the Adverse Health Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs)”

STUDY: Predictors of Nutrition Quality in Early Child Education Settings in Connecticut

Objective: This study assessed the dietary quality of lunches and feeding practices (family-style service, teacher role modeling) in Connecticut child care centers and made comparisons by center participation in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Design: Plate waste methods and visual observation of lunches served and consumed. Setting: A total of 97 randomly … Continue reading “STUDY: Predictors of Nutrition Quality in Early Child Education Settings in Connecticut”

STUDY: Are U.S. Schools Employing Obesity Prevention Programs that Further Weight Stigma?

A study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health – which appears in the CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) – explored the breadth of dissemination of evidence-based obesity prevention programs throughout public schools in the United States and also researched the possibility that such programs may be unintentionally furthering weight stigma and disordered weight-control … Continue reading “STUDY: Are U.S. Schools Employing Obesity Prevention Programs that Further Weight Stigma?”

STUDY: Simulation of Growth Trajectories of Childhood Obesity into Adulthood

A CHOICES study finds that the obesity epidemic is far from over and is likely to become much worse, as study results predict that 57% of today’s children will have obesity at age 35. Public health professionals need to re-double their efforts to prevent such an outcome. The CHOICES Project has identified cost-effective interventions in … Continue reading “STUDY: Simulation of Growth Trajectories of Childhood Obesity into Adulthood”

STUDY: How Individual- & County-Level Factors Are Associated with Public Support for Active Transportation Policies

A study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) assessed the predictors of stated support for policies promoting physically active travel, and found that such support is higher in areas where larger investments are made in active travel infrastructure, public transit is accessible, … Continue reading “STUDY: How Individual- & County-Level Factors Are Associated with Public Support for Active Transportation Policies”