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 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
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...
Fewer state regulations exist for family child care homes compared to child care centers on supporting breastfeeding and healthy beverages according to latest NPI study
Nearly half of young children in the United States participate in licensed child care settings, where they can consume up to two-thirds of their daily dietary intake. Thus, these are important settings in which young children are provided beverages that...
Nutrition standards in family child care settings published in 95th Nestle Nutrition Institute Workshop Series proceedings
Not all child care settings have nutrition standards for infants as they transition to toddlerhood. Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) researchers, in collaboration with Nourish California (previously known as California Food Policy Advocates), convened a...
NPI study about perceptions and use of the Earned Income Tax Credit is presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Conference
Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) can provide up to $10,000 annually for qualifying California families, but estimates suggest that about 20% of eligible families do not receive the benefits. Wendi Gosliner, a researcher at the Nutrition...
Lorrene Ritchie quoted in UPI and The Washington Newsday articles on how to increase pre-school children’s interest in fruit and vegetables
Lorrene Ritchie, director and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) specialist at the Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), was quoted in an article on November 6, 2020 in UPI titled "Mindfulness-based program boosts preschoolers' interest in fruit,...
Save the date: Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit hosted virtually by UC Davis, March 25-26, 2021
We hope you will join us virtually for the 16th annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit on March 25-26, 2021. Universities Fighting World Hunger is a network of global universities working in partnership to amplify the voice of the rising...
Infographic on increasing drinking water availability in schools during COVID-19 and beyond released by Alliance for a Healthier Generation and National Drinking Water Alliance
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires schools to make potable water available at no charge to students, wherever lunch is served, and when breakfast is served in the cafeteria. For school year 2020-2021, the United States Department of...
Fact sheet on boosting school meal participation released by NPI, Stanford Pediatrics and School Nutrition Association
School meals are an essential source of nutritious food for many children, particularly low-income children, across the nation, whether schools are providing in-person, distance or hybrid education during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many districts...
Systematic review and meta-analysis of childhood obesity interventions for preschool children aged 2-5 years
Extensive efforts to review the evidence of childhood obesity prevention programs have been made by the scientific community. However, most meta-analyses have included only randomized, control trials, do not allow for examination of...
New NPI study shows WIC participant preferences align with national recommendations to increase fruits and vegetables in the WIC food package
In 2017, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released comprehensive recommendations to update the food packages provided by the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants...
The Notah Begay III Foundation is holding their annual “Zero to 60” Challenge over the month of November. Can you drink more water (60 oz.) and eliminate all sugary drinks daily for one month? Sign up here to register, and check out...
Nutrition Policy Institute researchers present at the American Public Health Association's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and Expo
The American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest yearly gathering of public health professionals. This year, the annual meeting is being held virtually October 24-28, 2020. Researchers from the University of...
Lorrene Ritchie presents on transitional feeding of infants in child care at the 95th Nestle Nutrition Institute Workshop
Children in child care can consume up to two-thirds of their daily nutrition in these settings, and healthy feeding practices and obesity prevention efforts in childcare can support childrens' health later in life. Lorrene Ritchie, director of the...
Nutrition Policy Institute's Lorrene Ritchie, director and University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) specialist, has been studying the diet quality of low-income children enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition...
Lorrene Ritchie receives additional funding to study diet quality of children participating in the Women, Infants and Children program through 9 years of age
The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care to over 6.3 million...
Wendi Gosliner receives grant to support increased procurement of California grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts in California state prisons
Nutrition Policy Institute's Wendi Gosliner was awarded a $439,345 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant to partner with Impact Justice and ChangeLab...
New NPI research shows that SNAP-Ed CalFresh Healthy Living school-based interventions are associated with better cardiovascular fitness in students
Daily physical activity supports youth physical and phychosocial health and is also important for obesity prevention. Schools are an important location for physical activity promotion and obesity prevention given youth spend up to half of their waking...
Hannah Thompson and Lorrene Ritchie quoted in The Daily Californian article on USDA school meal participation study
Lorrene Ritchie, director and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) specialist at the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), Hannah Thompson, NPI epidemiologist and research...
NPI research on school milk policies to reduce students' added sugar intake featured in Feedstuffs article
Schools across the US are removing chocolate milk from their offerings in an effort to reduce students' added sugar intake and support their long-term health. University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nutrition Policy...