HER has released a special call for proposals that aims to fund research that advances policy, systems, and environmental strategies that have the strongest potential to decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and/or increase access to and consumption of safe water among young children, ages 0 to 5 years, in the United States.
The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important than ever. This research brief focuses on how to strengthen WIC’s impact during and after COVID-19.
The Impact of Increasing SNAP Benefits on Stabilizing the Economy, Reducing Poverty and Food Insecurity amid COVID-19 Pandemic
New research brief provides evidence on the potential positive impact of a SNAP benefit increase on SNAP households and the economy.
Healthy Eating Research has released a comprehensive set of evidence-based guidelines in partnership with Feeding America to help the charitable food system improve the nutritional quality of items provided to individuals and families.
RWJF and Healthy Eating Research have released a Health Impact Assessment on USDA’s proposed changes to school nutrition standards. The analysis finds that the changes could have a detrimental impact on students’ health and academic performance and increase food insecurity.
Research shows that what children drink from birth through age five has a big impact on their health - both now and for years to come. The nation's leading health organizations agree that for most kids, the following Recommendations can help to set children on a path for healthy growth and development.Learn More
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The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen to levels greater than experienced during the Great Recession, and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important … More
Stories of Success: A Qualitative Examination of Contributors to Excellence in School Drinking Water Access
Drinking water instead of beverages with added sugar can help prevent obesity and cavities and promote overall health. Children spend much of their day in school, where they have variable access to drinking water. In 2010, federal and state law required California public schools to provide free potable water to … More
Policymakers worldwide are considering requiring warnings for sugary drinks. A growing number of experimental studies have examined sugary drink warnings’ impacts, but no research to our knowledge has synthesized this literature. To inform ongoing policy debates, this study aimed to identify the effects of sugary drink warnings compared with control … More
The objective of this study was to examine the impact front-of-package nutrition labels (FOPLs) have on decision-making abilities among low-income parents in a virtual supermarket. A 4-by-2 experimental design with 3 FOPLs (summary, nutrient-specific, hybrid) and a no-FOPL comparison was employed. The study took place using a web-based, 3-dimensional virtual … More