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 study used a sample of around 5,000 children from more than 400 schools. The authors suggest that, given this beneficial association, schools should encourage more More

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, training for childcare/healthcare providers, and changes to the physical access of beverages. What is needed from future studies? The authors call for more methodologically rigorous More

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 reports that sugary drink consumption varies by age, race/ethnicity, and income. For example, adolescents and young adults consume the most sugary drinks. Nearly a third More

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, too many children in the U.S. are not getting a healthy diet – fewer than half of children eat a vegetable on any given day. More

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 highlights the evolution of progress that has been made, as well as examples of policy successes related to physical activity and access to healthy food.

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 Grains, and Sodium Requirements” interim final rule. “The implementation of the current school nutrition standards has been a remarkably successful endeavor. We applaud the school More

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 consumption in children ages 0 to 5. Topics included prevalence and trends in beverage intake among young children; beverage intake guidelines applicable to the age More

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 backgrounds. Grants of up to $50,000 are available through the program, whose deadline for applications is May 16, 2017. Learn more and apply here.

New Online Health Equity Resource

Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity (ARCHE), a collaborative partnership between the Center for Global Policy Solutions and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to advance equity-centered strategies that strengthen families and communities and build a culture of health. Visit their new website for more information, stories, and resources.