Q&A with Dr. Angela Trude: Online and In-store Grocery Shopping Behaviors among Low-income Households

“Most shoppers eligible for SNAP reported ordering groceries online at least once. However, we found that they bought fewer healthy foods (like fruits and vegetables) online than in physical stores.” Angela Trude, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Nutrition Program at NYU Steinhardt, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Her work examines the systemic roots More

2022 Virtual Annual Meeting: Research Posters

As part of the HER 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting, nine research teams were selected to develop a scientific poster highlighting their current research project. Poster topics include COVID-19 relief and federal nutrition programs, food retail, and creating healthy food environments for children. Scroll through and download each poster below!

2021 Research Highlights

This year our grantees published important findings focused on timely, policy-relevant topics including COVID-19 relief programs and policies, school meals, nutrition assistance programs, food retail, food banks, and more. Here we revisit five of our most popular research products from 2021. 1. The Importance of Healthy School Meals Healthy School Meals for all, also known More

Supporting Food and Nutrition Security Through the Charitable Food System

Written by Kirsten Arm, MPH, RDN, Research Analyst, Healthy Eating Research During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people receiving charitable food assistance in the United States increased by 50% (2019 vs. 2020) according to estimates from Feeding America. The charitable food system – a network of food banks, food pantries, and meal programs – More

WIC Online Ordering in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Opportunities and Challenges

Written by Dr. Harry Zhang, Old Dominion University During the COVID-19 pandemic, online ordering surged in popularity as an alternative method of grocery shopping to reduce the risk of virus infection. But participants in the USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) have historically not been able to participate in online More

New Report Provides Recommendations for Fostering Healthy Eating Habits in Young Children

Leading Nutrition Research Program Offers Best Practices that Promote Autonomy, Structure, and Repetition for Feeding Kids 2-8 (Durham, NC) October 20, 2021 — Autonomy, structure, and repetition are key to helping young children develop healthy eating habits according to new research-based recommendations that offer actionable tips for parents and caregivers on how to feed kids More

A Strategy to Improve SNAP Impact Through the Next Farm Bill

In July, Healthy Eating Research published a report entitled “Strengthening the Public Health Impacts of SNAP: Key Opportunities for the Next Farm Bill.” The report identified the evidence-based changes that have the greatest potential to improve SNAP participants’ nutrition and their overall health. On a new episode of The Leading Voices in Food podcast, HER’s More