Optimal nutrition is critical for children’s short- and long-term health including maintaining a healthy weight and prevention of chronic diseases, as well as infant, child, and adolescent physical development, cognitive development, early learning, and academic success. Having a high quality diet relies on the ability to consume a diversified, balanced, and healthy eating pattern, which provides all the essential nutrients for growth and development and a healthy and active life. Research in this area focuses on monitoring and improving eating patterns and dietary intakes, and understanding how individual’s food and beverage choices are impacted by larger policies, systems, and environments.
of children ages 2-5 consume more than the recommended daily amount of sugar
Research & Publications
This research brief summarizes findings from an exploratory study of a diverse sample of juvenile justice residential facilities in North Carolina conducted by RTI International. The study examined food service operations, agency and facility level policies and practices pertaining to nutrition, participation in federal school nutrition programs, and additional food … More
Researchers and advocates have drawn attention to the public health consequences of mass incarceration and its contribution to racial health disparities in the United States. The conditions within juvenile justice facilities may influence long-term health outcomes for African-American, Latino, and Native American populations, who are more likely than white youth … More
How Much Can Product Reformulation Improve Diet Quality in Households with Children and Adolescents?
Improvements in the healthfulness of packaged foods and beverages through reformulation could help reduce the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents through improved diet quality. This study assessed changes in calories and four nutrients (saturated fat, total sugars, sodium, and dietary fiber) from 2012 through 2014 for packaged products … More