UConn study: Weight-related bullying leads to poor health outcomes for LGBTQ youth – June 2, 2019
When did GMO become a dirty word? – May 14, 2019
Climate change, hunger, obesity need collective solutions, according to new report – April 14, 2019
Taxing soda would help make kids healthier – March 26, 2019
CT food pantries pushed to offer more nutritional items – March 13, 2019
Junk Food Ads Target Minority Kids: Study – January 15, 2019
Ickovics, Duffany, Shebl, Peters, Read, Gilstad-Hayden, & Schwartz. (2019) Using a cluster randomized trial, this study looks at the effectiveness of implementing school-based nutrition and physical activity policies on student BMI trajectories.
Is Juice on School Menus a Problem? – December 26, 2018
Puhl, R. and Himmelstein, M. (2018) The study assessed weight bias internalization in a weight loss treatment-seeking sample of adolescents.
At School Lunch, Healthier Options are Overlooked When Juice is Available – November 15, 2018
Boehm, R., Read, M. and Schwartz, M. (2018) Researchers used lunch register data to compare juice and non-juice days for average daily selections of meal components and water and juice sales.
Fleming-Milici, Harris, and Liu (2018) Researchers used an online survey to examine parents’ support for policies to reduce unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents.
Raissian, K. and Houston Su, J. (2018) Authors used the Infant Feeding Practices Study (IFPS) II (n = 1008) to examine mothers who intended to breastfeed but did not actually breastfeed. Results suggest that mothers who intended to breastfeed had infants with fewer infections compared to infants whose mothers did not intend to breastfeed, irrespective […]
Cooksey-Stowers et al (2018) In this study, focus groups with food pantry staff and volunteers were conducted to assess their views on implementing a nutrition rating system
Himmelstein, M. and Puhl, R. (2018) This study examined four sources of stigma and their respective coping responses among 148 adolescents enrolled in a national weight loss camp.
Foster, Schwartz, Grenier, Burke, Taylor, & Mobley. (2018) Pairs of low‐income and food‐insecure mothers and fathers of children participated in one‐on‐one interviews to answer questions from the USDA 18‐item Household Food Security Survey Module measure using the think‐aloud method. Findings suggest that gender is related to interpretation of key concepts relevant to food insecurity.
Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’ – October 3, 2018
More Kids are Eating Fast Food – and Not the Healthy Options – September 27, 2018
Cooksey-Stowers, K., Martin, K. & Schwartz, M. (2018) Researchers surveyed a sample of food pantries clients about: (a) their level of support for interventions designed to promote healthy food choices in pantries; (b) why they select specific items in pantries, and (c) how shopping at the food pantry fits into their monthly food acquisitions.
Andreyeva, T. and Henderson, K.(2018) This study evaluates the food environment for preschool-age children in CT child care centers through a survey of center directors and describes center-reported adherence to the CACFP nutrition regulations.
Puhl, Rebecca M. and Himmelstein, Mary S. (2018) Using a weight loss treatment-seeking sample of adolescents, the study assessed adolescents’ emotional reactions to words their parents use to describe their weight and preferred language for these interactions.
Consumer Food Decisions Can Cut Climate Pollution – July 23, 2018
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T. Andreyeva et al (2018) Researchers assessed the dietary quality of lunches and feeding practices for preschool-age children at 97 licensed child care centers in Connecticut, and made comparisons by participation in a federal food assistance program.
Pediatricians look for the best language to discuss weight with children – April 22, 2018
CSCH Steering Committee member Ruth Lucas, PhD, discusses how breastfeeding takes effort on the part of both the baby and the mother ï»¿
‘The $12 Potato Chip – and Other Horrors – April 10, 2018
R. L. Pearl and R. M. Puhl (2018) Researchers reviewed 74 studies assessing the relationship between Weight bias internalization (WBI) and health and interventions de-signed to reduce WBI and improve health.
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Presentation at the ASCD Empower 18 Conference (Boston, MA) by Chafouleas, S., M., Femc-Bagwell, M., Brooks, A. M., & Edmondon, B. – March 2018 Click to View & Download
R.M. Puhl and M.S. Himmelstein (2018) Adolescents enrolled in a national weight loss camp completed an online survey about their preferences for words that health providers use to refer to their body weight.
Will Holding the Cheese and Chocolate Milk on Happy Meals Make a Difference? – March 2, 2018
Healthy Drink Can Pack a Punch in Preschooler’s Lunch – February 22, 2018
Think Little Kids are Safe from Food Ads? Think again – December 15, 2017
Jennifer L. Harris and Svetlana S. Kalnova (2017) This paper describes two studies: the first uses Nielsen advertising exposure data to compare pre-schoolers’ and older children’s exposure to food advertising in 2015. The second study exposed young children in a child-care setting to child-directed food ads, measured their attitudes about the ads and advertised brands, […]
Jennifer L. Harris et al (2017) This study examines the effects of health messages promoting nutrient-poor foods in child-directed advertising.
Maia Hyary and Jennifer L. Harris (2017) This observational study compared time spent visiting food/beverage websites for Hispanic and non-Hispanic children and youth. It found that Hispanic children and youth were less likely to visit the Internet overall, but more likely to visit food/beverages websites, compared with their non-Hispanic peers.
Fast-food restaurants pledged to offer healthier options for kids. How have they done? – August 10, 2017
Marlene B. Schwartz et al (2017) This longitudinal, observational study measured plain milk selection and consumption the first year flavored milk was removed in a school district and two years later. the study found that school-wide per-student consumption of plain milk increased over time.
No Chocolate Milk? No Problem, Kids Get Used to Plain Milk – July 14, 2017
CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the two awardees of our FY2017 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) […]
Parents Concerned About Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children – April 19, 2017
Rebecca M. Puhl et al (2017) This longitudinal study examines weight-based teasing in adolescence and its potential health consequences in adulthood, including obesity, unhealthy weight-control and eating behaviors, and poor body image.
Rhema Fuller, Jennifer McGarry, et al (2017) This case study chronicles research on campus-community partnerships over the thirteen-year existence of Husky Sport.
Marlene B. Schwartz, et al (2017) This article describes an observational experiment that looked at whether a local campaign to reduce consumption of sugary drinks was associated with a decrease in grocery store drink sales.
Jennifer L. Harris, Maia Hyary, and Marlene B. Schwartz (2016) This article describes the results of study in which students and parents viewed and rated different kinds of snacks in four experimental conditions.
Marlene B. Schwartz (2016) This invited commentary discusses an ongoing debate about whether to use incentives or restrictions in improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to support healthy eating and nutrition. Please note that a JAMA Internal Medicine subscription account is required to view the full article.
Big money spent marketing unhealthy baby, toddler foods – November 1, 2016
The state’s version of Healthy People 2020 provides a framework for health promotion and disease prevention in the current decade, with overarching themes of health equity and social determinants of health.
The 2016 CT School Breakfast Report Card lists the percentage of schools that participate in the program.
Publications include brief reports on subjects such as mental health, obesity, and asthma.
This BCAC annual report provides information on juvenile justice and safety; poverty; economic insecurity; early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and adult education; and health and well-being.
Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, local foundations, AmeriCorps and private donations, Husky Sport is a sport based youth development program operating as a community-campus partnership between Hartford’s North End and UConn’s Neag School of Education. Husky Sport emphasizes nutritional education, physical activity, transferrable life skills, and academic enrichment with K-12 grade students both in school and […]
Two new projects at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity are evaluating the food environment, policies, and nutritional quality of meals in both USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) child care centers (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research program) and non-CACFP child care centers (funded by the […]
Dr. Ruth Lucas and Dr. Bin Feng have created a device that allows for measurement of an infants’ sucking microstructure during breast and bottle feeding in the home setting. A Connecticut Bioscience Pipeline Grant will allow researchers to test the device in home settings for reliability, tolerance and acceptance during feeding. For more information, contact […]
Junk Food Makers Market Look-Alike ‘Smart Snacks’ In Schools To Mislead Kids, Study Claims – September 1, 2016
Look-alike ‘Smart Snacks’ Confuse Students, Parents – August 31, 2016
Study: “Copycat Snacks” in Schools Confuse Parents and Kids – August 31, 2016
Rebecca L. Smith and Ruth Lucas (2016) This article describes research evaluating nurses’ knowledge regarding the early initiation of breastfeeding in preterm infants.
S. Megan Berthold & Kathryn Libal (2016) This article addresses the rights of migrant children to rehabilitation, health, and well-being, particularly when held in US detention.
Eating Two Breakfasts Is Better Than Eating None – March 23, 2016
Fight Childhood Obesity In Preschools, Child Care Centers, New Report Says – March 22, 2016
2 Breakfasts May Be Better Than None For School Kids – March 17, 2016
Kids who eat two breakfasts are less likely to be overweight than those who eat none – March 17, 2016