A new study describes the evaluation process and outcomes of intervention strategies to reduce sodium in foods and sugar in beverages as part of a collaborative partnership between state public health, academic, community, and healthcare partners in Massachusetts, US. Lower sodium diets and lower levels of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption are linked to better health outcomes. However, … Continue reading “STUDY: Evaluation of efforts to reduce sodium & ensure access to healthier beverages in four healthcare settings in Massachusetts”
A new study from researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Stanford Medicine Division of General Pediatrics, University of California Nutrition Policy Institute, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was published today in the Annual Review of Nutrition. Plain water is recommended to replace sugar-sweetened beverages to support health yet concerns about … Continue reading “STUDY: Drinking Water in the United States: Implications of Water Safety, Access, & Consumption”
A new study coauthored by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health assessed the factors associated with infrequent plain water intake among U.S. high school students. The authors found infrequent plain water intake was associated with younger age, poor academic grades, poor dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity. Adolescents are the highest consumers … Continue reading “STUDY: Correlates of Infrequent Plain Water Intake Among US High School Students: National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2017”
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”
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”
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”
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.”
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 study by HPRC and Boston Public Schools found that a low-cost intervention to promote the convenience of drinking water in schools nearly doubled the percentage of students drinking water, and increased the amount of water consumed.
An HPRC study increases children’s water intake during snack time with stronger effects for programs with kitchens, low child-to-staff ratios, experienced directors, and improved school support.