The best of intentions: Prenatal breastfeeding intentions and infant health

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 […]

A qualitative investigation into the U.S. Department of Agriculture 18‐item Household Food Security Survey Module: Variations in interpretation, understanding and report by gender

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.

Client Preferences for Nutrition Interventions in Food Pantries

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.

Food and beverage TV advertising to young children: Measuring exposure and potential impact

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, […]

Hispanic Youth Visits to Food and Beverage Company Websites

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.

Student Acceptance of Plain Milk Increases Significantly 2 Years after Flavored Milk Is Removed from School Cafeterias

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.

Announcement of CSCH Grant Awardees

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) […]

A Low Cost Portable Device for Breastfeeding Diagnostics

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 […]