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October 8, 2018

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program Findings

A new report from the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition presents findings from an evaluation for the USDA FINI grant program. The results can inform the future of healthy food … More

September 1, 2018

HER Releases 0‑5 Beverage Consumption Research Agenda

Despite the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommendation to limit added sugar intake to less than 10 percent of daily calories for children 2 years and older, almost two thirds … More

August 11, 2018

School Wellness Committees Beneficially Linked to Child BMI and Nutrition

Attending a school with an active wellness committee is associated with having a lower BMI, eating breakfast more frequently, and consuming less sugary drinks, according to a recent study. The … More

July 18, 2018

Strategies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption Among Young Children

A new systematic review examined strategies to reduce sugary drink consumption among 0- to 5-year-olds. Successful strategies included in-person individual education, in-person group education, passive education (e.g., pamphlets), use of technology, … More

June 13, 2018

Sugary Drinks in America: Who’s Drinking What and How Much?

A report from Healthy Food America describes the consumption and sales of sugary drinks in the United States over time and among demographic subgroups. Using a variety of national datasets, HFA … More

May 11, 2018

A New Video Series by 1,000 Days: How to Introduce Solid Foods

Good nutrition during a child’s earliest years sets the foundation for lifelong health. It provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. However, … More

January 31, 2018

Voices for Healthy Kids: 2017 Progress Report

Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  has released its 2017 Progress Report,  Making Each Day Healthier for All Children. The report … More

January 29, 2018

RWJF Statement on USDA’s Proposed Changes to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), issued a comment in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole … More

October 31, 2017

Strategies to Limit Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Young Children: Proceedings of a NASEM Workshop

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board convened a workshop exploring policies and programs at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels to limit sugar-sweetened beverage … More

March 21, 2017

New Connections 2017 Call for Proposals

New Connections: Increasing the Diversity of RWJF Programming, is a program for early career investigators that supports research grants and career development opportunities for researchers from diverse, underrepresented and historically disadvantaged … More