Research to Action News Brief
Research to Action, the Nutrition Policy Institute's quarterly news brief, provides information on research, policy, news, announcements, events, articles and action items focused on nutrition and healthy communities.
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- Volume 5, Number 1: Supporting improved food security during the pandemic
- Volume 4, Number 4: University students struggle with basic needs
- Volume 4, Number 3: Implementing healthy vending guidelines for college campuses
- Volume 4, Number 2: Nutrition and physical activity resources during emergency times
- Volume 4, Number 1: Promising approaches for healthy food retail interventions
- Volume 3, Number 4: SNAP is under attack: our largest food assistance program needs your help
- Volume 3, Number 3: The science behind sugar sweetened beverages
- Volume 3, Number 2: Turn to the tap!
- Volume 3, Number 1: Ten-year study reveals that what communities do impacts child health
- 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
Interactive roadmap for Indigenous communities to support increased healthy beverage consumption and reduced sugar-sweetened beverages
The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation has released a new interactive resource for Indigenous communities and all communities interested in increasing consumption of drinking water in place of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). The resource, Increase...
Corner store owners share their experiences with the CDFA Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program
The California Department of Food and Agriculture's Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program provides grants to corner stores in disadvantaged neighborhoods to purchase energy-efficient refrigeration units...
California Department of Public Health's CalFresh Healthy Living program evaluation strategy presented at Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators 2021 conference
The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) works in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local health departments (LHDs) to evaluate CDPH's CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) program, which is known federally as the...
Call for proposals for the Biomigrations: Food Justice, Security, and Sovereignty in the Americas conference, April 2-3, 2021
The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) Graduate Student Council is inviting graduate student scholars, community members, and artists to submit proposal abstracts of speeches, scholarly papers, or in-progress film/mixed media works to discuss at their...
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports NPI and National WIC Association to explore WIC program adaptations during COVID-19
Nutrition Policy Institute's (NPI) Lorrene Ritchie was awarded $50,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to examine participant perceptions and satisfaction with the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program...
San Francisco Chronicle op-ed by NPI's Wendi Gosliner advocates for increased access to mental health services in schools as they reopen
"The U.S. pandemic mitigation strategies have profoundly disrupted young people's education, daily life, health, and well-being. During 2020, the number of young people visiting emergency rooms for mental health-related issues rose by...
Approximately 2 of every 3 children in the US spend time in child care settings where they consume much of their daily nutrition. Improving the foods and beverages offered in child care settings is a known childhood obesity prevention strategy....
New guide on disaster response and preparation for the UC ANR community highlights NPI COVID-19 response efforts
The scale and pace of disasters impacting communities across California is increasing, in part due to human-caused climate change. The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) received funding from USDA National...
New research brief shares what Los Angeles County WIC participants are saying about WIC during COVID
The USDA granted states multiple operational waivers to continue to deliver the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services during the COVID-19 pandemic and these waivers have enabled our ability to...
The University of California, Davis' World Food Center will co-host the virtual student summit 2021 of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) alongside the University of California Global Food Initiative and the Nutrition Policy Institute, University...
Water safety in California public schools following implementation of school drinking water policies
A new study, Water Safety in California Public Schools Following Implementation of School Drinking Water Policies, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease in December 2020, provides findings from an investigation of drinking water...
Call for Posters: Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit hosted virtually by UC Davis, March 25-26, 2021
Call for Poster Abstracts for the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit Has Been Extended to January 15, 2021 We hope you will submit a poster abstract to the 16th annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit, a virtual meeting that...
Nutrition Policy Institute submits comments to USDA in opposition of returning flavored milks to school meal program
The UC Nutrition Policy Institute submitted comments to the USDA on December 27, 2020 in opposition of a proposed rule to return flavored milk to school cafeterias. In their comment, NPI argues that reintroduction of chocolate milk into...
Measuring childhood obesity prevention policies and practices using self-report from key informants in diverse settings
The National Collaboration on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) released the third and final white paper based on a series of workshops on advancing measurement for childhood obesity. The white paper, titled “Advancing Measurement of Environmental...
Children's perception of the neighborhood environment is associated with higher levels of physical activity in Hispanic children
Only four in ten US children engage in the recommended amount of physical activity on a weekly basis, making a lack of physical activity among children a serious public health concern. Researchers at the University of Michigan, Batelle Memorial...
Child care sites, schools, and out-of-school programs are important targets for health promotions and practices to support children in healthy eating and physical activity. Cooperative Extension programs often partner with these settings to implement the...
Nutrition Policy Institute submits comments to FDA on public health harms of "transition formula" and "toddler milks"
Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption during the first five years of life is not recommended as this can lead to long-term health risks. Toddler drinks – marketed as "transition formulas" and "toddler milks" – are a relatively new product...
NPI Brown Bag: Structural barriers influencing food insecurity, malnutrition, and health among Latinos in the San Joaquin Valley during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, mass unemployment and loss of income have contributed to rapid increases in food insecurity in the US. Latino households, in particular, have faced multiple health, social, and economic...
Research brief shares findings from an evaluation of the California Nutrition Incentive Program at Farmers’ Market
The California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) provides CalFresh shoppers a dollar-for-dollar match when purchasing California-grown fruits and vegetables at participating Certified Farmers Markets and small food stores. Over 4.6 million Californians...
Donate on #GivingTuesday to support NPI in conducting policy-relevant research to fight food insecurity and support nutrition programs for California’s most vulnerable populations
#GivingTuesday invites you to join a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the holiday season. SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 - this year's #GivingTuesday. Your support can really make a difference...