Recent Summer Nutrition Research

While food insecurity is a year-round issue for many low-income families, summer can be a particularly challenging time as the school year ends and with it the food assistance provided by school meals. Recent research has examined this issue and what we know about summer nutrition programs that aim to provide nutrition assistance: A research More

HER Announces 2019 Call for Proposals Funding

On June 19, 2019, Healthy Eating Research released a call for proposals for research that identifies strategies that advance health equity and sheds light on the drivers of inequities related to nutritional disparities, dietary quality and patterns, and food security. We are looking for research studies focused on improving access to good nutrition, healthy foods, and More

2019 County Health Rankings

The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the annual County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings show us where we live matters to how well and how long we live. An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within each state, the Rankings provide information on factors communities can More

State Policies on Testing Drinking Water for Lead in U.S. Schools

Currently, there is no uniformity in states’ approaches to create and oversee programs to test for elevated lead in school drinking water. Many students in the U.S. attend public schools in states where not all taps are tested for lead. In states where water was testing and data were publicly available, nearly half of the More

National and State by State Obesity Rates, Youth Ages 10-17

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a brief reporting new national and state-by-state obesity rates among 10- to 17-year-olds from the 2016 and 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). Key findings include the persistence of racial and ethnic disparities with Black and Hispanic youth having the highest rates of obesity (22.5% and 20.6%, respectively.) More

Integrating Healthy Eating into Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models: An Analysis of Programs and Opportunities for Dietetic Practice

Home visiting interventions have been extensively studied and demonstrated to be effective in improving many maternal and child health outcomes. Early childhood nutrition education and obesity prevention has largely not been implemented within the context of home visiting, but holds potential for impacting children’s health, development, and learning. This article provides new insights into specific More

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 incentive programs. FINI is a program that can improve food access, reduce food insecurity, decrease health care costs, support local food systems and stimulate local More

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 of children ages 2 to 5 do not meet this recommendation, with the largest source of added sugars in their diet coming from sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). More