This study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health directly observed the nutritional quality of meals served at 5 summer camps in the Boston, MA area, and reported some important results.
Applying for and implementing a federally-funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) award can be particularly challenging for low-income communities in need of safe and active transportation programming.
In a research brief released December 14, 2016, the CHOICES Project examined the cost-effectiveness and impact of a one cent per ounce city excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the 15 largest US cities (with the authority to implement such a tax).
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”
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]
A CHOICES paper reveals that adult obesity rates in the United States are higher than previously reported by the CDC. Adult overweight and obesity are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States—a problem depicted in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) well-known obesity maps. However these figures—which have … Continue reading “STUDY: Redrawing the U.S. Obesity Landscape”
An evaluation by the HPRC found nearly 90 percent of schools were compliant with competitive beverage guidelines nine years after the district-wide policy was implemented. In 2004, Boston Public Schools (BPS) was the first school district in Massachusetts to implement a mandatory nutrition standards policy for competitive foods and beverages—which include any snacks and drinks … Continue reading “STUDY: After nearly a decade, Boston Public School’s competitive beverage policy continues to sustain a healthier environment for students”
Eat Well & Keep Moving, Third Edition (Human Kinetics), is a school-based program that equips children with the knowledge, skills, and supportive environment they need to lead more healthful lives by choosing nutritious diets and being physically active. Designed for fourth- and fifth-grade students, its six interlinked components—classroom education, physical education, school-wide promotional campaigns, food services, staff … Continue reading “Third edition of award-winning, evidence-based curriculum released!”
An HPRC study that tested the effectiveness of OSNAP in increasing children’s physical activity levels in afterschool programs found that the intervention successfully made existing activity time more vigorously active.
A CHOICES study identifying cost-effective nutrition interventions with broad population reach highlights the importance of primary prevention for policy makers aiming to reduce childhood obesity.