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”

STUDY: Youth access to drinking water in schools may be limited

An HPRC study found that many Massachusetts middle and high schools did not meet state or federal policies for minimum student drinking water access. Access to safe, clean drinking water is essential for health, yet research has found that over half of all children and adolescents in the US are not adequately hydrated at any … Continue reading “STUDY: Youth access to drinking water in schools may be limited”

Examining the cost-effectiveness and impact of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Philadelphia

A CHOICES analysis of the proposed sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax in Philadelphia, PA, found that the policy would prevent thousands of cases of childhood and adult obesity, prevent new cases of diabetes, increase healthy life years, and save more in future healthcare costs than it would cost to implement. [Read the Full Brief]