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: 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”

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”

HPRC Research to Be Presented at APHA 2019

At the 2019 American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia, PA, James Daly will present on drinking water access in a large urban school district, and Erica Kenney will present on improvements in dietary intake due to a food policy change. Details are below. Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019 Time: 5:00-6:00pm Session: … Continue reading “HPRC Research to Be Presented at APHA 2019”

OSNAP to Be Presented at the 33rd National Child Nutrition Conference

At the 33rd National Child Nutrition Conference in Chicago, IL, Dr. Rebekka Lee will present on OSNAP and the evidence-base for practice recommendations for healthy foods, beverages and physical activity levels for children in OST care. Presentation details are below. Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Time: 11:00am-12:00pm OSNAP: Tools for Out of School Time Nutrition … Continue reading “OSNAP to Be Presented at the 33rd National Child Nutrition Conference”

CHOICES Research to Be Discussed at the Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement Symposium: Advancing Uptake of Evidence-based Practices & Policies for Healthy Child Weight

At the Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement Symposium: Advancing Uptake of Evidence-based Practices & Policies for Healthy Child Weight in Boston, MA, CHOICES research will be discussed. Event information is below. Date: Monday, October 1, 2018 Time: 9:00am-2:00pm Location: Linda K. Paresky Conference Center at Simmons University 300 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115   This symposium, hosted by … Continue reading “CHOICES Research to Be Discussed at the Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement Symposium: Advancing Uptake of Evidence-based Practices & Policies for Healthy Child Weight”

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”