Prevention Research Center on Nutrition & Physical Activity News & Events

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”

Resources for Children & Families to Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. [Last update: June 11, 2020] Although we are all practicing universal social distancing, we can still laugh, play, learn, and grow closer outside of class and work. As such, it’s important to adhere to local government, department of public health, and CDC guidance in order … Continue reading “Resources for Children & Families to Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

CHOICES Project Continues Collaborations with Health Departments Nationwide for the Fifth Year

The Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) Project at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is working to help reverse the U.S. obesity epidemic by identifying the most cost-effective childhood obesity strategies. The CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership aims to build capacity among state and local decision-makers to choose and implement cost-effective strategies to reduce childhood … Continue reading “CHOICES Project Continues Collaborations with Health Departments Nationwide for the Fifth Year”

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”

HPRC Research to Be Presented at the 2019 Conference on Health and Active Transportation

On December 11, Dr. Angie Cradock, Deputy Director of the HPRC will present a poster featuring findings from a recent report commissioned by the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) at the 2019 Conference on Health and Active Transportation at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. About the Conference The purpose of the Conference … Continue reading “HPRC Research to Be Presented at the 2019 Conference on Health and Active Transportation”

Leaders in Health 2019: Annual program brings community health leaders to campus to hone skills

November 18, 2019—A leadership development program for frontline workers at the Boston Public Health Commission and a community hydroponic gardening initiative at Sociedad Latina in Mission Hill were two of the projects recently presented by participants in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Leaders in Health program. This eight-week course held at the School provides … Continue reading “Leaders in Health 2019: Annual program brings community health leaders to campus to hone skills”

New Study Analyzes the Cost-Effectiveness of Mexico’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax

A new paper, “Cost-Effectiveness Of The Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax in Mexico” was released today in Health Affairs. In 2014, Mexico imposed an excise tax of 1 peso per liter on sugar-sweetened beverages. Ana Basto-Abreu of Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health is the lead author, along with Steve Gortmaker of the Harvard T.H. Chan … Continue reading “New Study Analyzes the Cost-Effectiveness of Mexico’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax”