Nutrition Policy Institute
Nutrition Policy Institute
Nutrition Policy Institute
University of California
Nutrition Policy Institute


CalFresh Fact Sheets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California, is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. CalFresh provides critical support to low-income families while strengthening the local economy.

See how CalFresh benefits California’s counties.

Research to Action News Brief

Research to Action, the Nutrition Policy Institute's news brief, provides information on research, policy, news, announcements, events, articles and action items focused on nutrition and healthy communities. View previous issues below and sign up to be added to the mailing list.


Volume 2, Number 4: Improving access to nutritious food in early care and education settings

Volume 2, Number 3: Support school nutrition programs

Volume 2, Number 2: Improving community health, one neighborhood at a time

Volume 2, Number 1: Prevent food waste


Volume 1, Number 4: Support rural food banks

Volume 1, Number 3: Medical and dental providers join forces to limit children's consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages

Volume 1, Number 2: Protect WIC from budget cuts and block granting

Volume 1, Number 1: Improve access to safe drinking water in California 

National Drinking Water Alliance

The National Drinking Water Alliance is a network of organizations and individuals across the United States working to ensure that all children can drink safe water in the places where they live, learn and play.

The National Drinking Water Alliance website is a nationwide clearinghouse for essential drinking water research and resources.

Measuring Beverage Intake in Children and Adolescents

Promoting healthy beverage intake, particularly among children and adolescents, has emerged in recent years as a policy and research priority. Because different dietary assessment methods are subject to specific and unique limitations that could influence study findings, it is important to understand what assessment methods are available, what properties they have and what methods are typically used in the scientific literature. A new report, Assessing Beverage Intake in Children and Adolescents: State of the Science, Recommendations, and Resources for Evaluation and accompanying systematic review begin to address these issues.

The report provides guidance on using five main types of assessment methods for measuring beverage intake, including a description of how to implement the method, recommendations for use, and advantages and limitations. The systematic review (forthcoming) describes the state-of-the-science in measuring children's beverage intake and points toward future research needs in this area. Improved measurement techniques will help establish whether progress is being made toward ensuring that all children in the U.S. have healthy beverage consumption habits. Given the important role that beverage intake plays in a range of children’s health and developmental outcomes, researchers and practitioners from a variety of areas should be invested in developing and applying thoughtful measurement techniques for assessing children’s beverage consumption.

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