13 June 2016
New NPI webinar about Healthy Foods in Food Banks - Date moved
NPI researchers Liz Campbell, Laura Vollmer, and Karen Webb will host a free webinar, "Fostering Partnerships: Supporting Healthful Foods in the Charitable Food Network" on Monday, June 23, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30 am PDT. They will discuss nutrition guidelines and policies for food banks, and how Cooperative Extension, Public Health Departments, and others can work collaboratively with food pantries and food banks to support improvements in healthful food procurement and distribution.
*This event has been moved from Monday, June 13th to Thursday, June 23rd.
9 June 2016
NPI Case Studies on School Kitchen Grants from USDA
A new report from The Pew Charitable Trust includes results from 6 case studies conducted by NPI about the benefits of USDA kitchen-equipment grants to improve the school meal operations and nutrition quality of school meals. The case studies examine the benefits to school meal quality from small improvements to the school kitchen space. Thirteen more case studies will be released later this summer.
24 May 2016
NPI researchers found that online delivery of education is an acceptable addition to traditional in-person education for WIC participants with online access. High-quality online education platforms represent an important avenue to promote continued satisfaction with nutrition education.
22 April 2016
Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD, NPI's Director and CE Specialist at the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a support letter upon the release of the Final Rule containing new nutrition standards for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
18 April 2016
New NPI Study of Intra-Household Gender Dynamics and CalFresh Enrollment
NPI, in collaboration with the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, the UC Berkeley Law School, the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, the University of San Francisco and the California Association of Food Banks, was awarded one of two 2016 Berkeley Food Institute seed grants. The research will explore intra-household gender dynamics among immigrant Latino households in California as a barrier to CalFresh enrollment. Anecdotal data suggests that male head of household opposition to CalFresh enrollment has contributed to lower uptake rates. The research will explore the nature and extent of this issue and develop program, outreach and policy recommendations.
13 April 2016
Nutrition Standard for Family Child Care Settings
Researchers at NPI developed nutrition standards for family child care settings. The nutrition standards are based on evidence, feasibility and input from practice-based advisors so they are realistic and impactful on health.
13 April 2016
WIC food changes improve children’s diets
Researchers at UC ANR’s Nutrition Policy Institute participated in a study that assessed the impact of 2009 changes in the WIC food package for young children.They found that children in WIC households were 5 times more likely than other comparable children to have eaten vegetables in a two-day period. Eating other healthful foods also increased among the WIC children, although not as dramatically as green vegetable and bean consumption. This study shows that modifying the WIC food package was an important and effective policy change, improving children’s diets and, potentially, their future health.
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