The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks served to children enrolled for care at participating child care centers and family child care homes. The 31st Annual CACFP Conference in Sacramento, California Oct. 17-19, 2022 will bring together over 500 participants from across the nation to provide training and support to members of the CACFP community. Nutrition Policy Institute researchers present the latest CACFP drinking water recommendations to encourage healthy hydration and new findings on barriers and facilitators to CACFP participation from a qualitative study of California-based independent child care centers and their sponsors. Christina Hecht will co-present an in-person session on Oct. 17, 2:30-3:45 p.m. titled “CACFP: Drinking Water's Friend” with Amanda Dyes, Deborah Gillison-Wilson, and Shelby Beverly from Georgia Nutritional Services, Inc. Danielle Lee will co-present an in-person session on Oct. 19, 10:45-12:00 noon titled “State Differences in CACFP Participation of Center-Based Programs” with Melissa McCann from the University of Connecticut, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health.
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NPI researchers present at Annual CACFP Conference on drinking water and benefits and barriers child care providers experience in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Qualitative study reports increased fruit and vegetable consumption after a COVID-related increase to WIC Cash Value Benefit
A recent study on COVID-related changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for participants to purchase fruits and vegetables demonstrates a positive relationship between CVB amounts and nutritional security. The American Rescue Plan Act responded to economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency by implementing a temporary increase to CVB. Researchers evaluated the impact of the additional benefits through telephone interviews with 30 Southern California WIC participants. Qualitative data from participant interviews reflected the following themes: ease of utilizing WIC benefits, satisfaction with CVB increase, and the CVB increase enabling purchase of greater amounts and variety of fruits and vegetables. Findings suggest that increasing the WIC CVB enables purchase of more fruits and vegetables and less reliance on processed foods. The study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. It was conducted by researchers Catherine Martinez, Christopher Anderson and Shannon Whaley from Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE)-WIC, and Lorrene Ritchie, Danielle Lee and Marisa Tsai from the Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It was funded by David and Lucile Packard Foundation, grant number 2020-70267 and Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Round 12, grant number 77239.
Nutrition Policy Institute to share research findings at the 150th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
The American Public Health Association holds an Annual Meeting & Expo for public health professionals to engage, collaborate, and network with the overarching goal of advancing the nation's health. This year's meeting in Boston, November 6-9, 2022 will celebrate 150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity. Nutrition Policy Institute researchers will share findings that bring nutrition equity to the forefront of federal programs, school nutrition, community health, health literacy, and the food retail environment. A list of the poster presentations and live oral presentations is found below.
Reductions in public health obesity prevention interventions due to COVID-19 disproportionately affect neighborhoods with pre-existing health inequities
Authors: Erin E Esaryk, Carolyn D Rider, Gail Woodward-Lopez
Session 8; Tuesday, November 8, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; poster presentation
A novel approach to measuring potential for health equity impact in community health interventions
Authors: Janice Kao, Gail Woodward-Lopez, Christina Becker, Carolyn Rider, Erin Esaryk, Evan Talmage
Session 7; Tuesday, November 8, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; poster presentation
Retail food environment:
What can we learn from California's investment in the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program?
Authors: Carolyn Chelius, Caroline Long, Taylor Baisey, Wendi Gosliner
Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; oral presentation
Providing School Meals to All Students Free of Cost: Challenges and Benefits Reported by School District Foodservice Professionals to Inform California's Policy Implementation
Authors: Wendi Gosliner, Monica Zuercher, Juliana Cohen, Christina Hecht, Michele Polacsek, Kenneth Hecht, Lindsey Turner, Marlene Schwartz, Anisha Patel, Lorrene Ritchie
Monday, November 7, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; oral presentation
Impact of a teacher intervention to encourage students to eat school lunch
Authors: Hannah Thompson, Stephanie Machado, Kristine Madsen, Renata Cauchon-Robles, Marisa Neelon, Lorrene Ritchie
Monday, November 7, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; oral presentation
Evaluation identifies the most promising combinations of school-based Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) interventions for improving student fitness
Authors: Sridharshi Hewawitharana, Gail Woodward-Lopez, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Francesco Acciai, Hannah R. Thompson, Wendi Gosliner
Monday, November 7, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; oral presentation
Assessing changes associated with expanding the WIC Cash-Value Benefit for the purchase of fruits and vegetables among children age 1 to 5 years: a longitudinal study
Authors: Marisa Tsai, Christopher Anderson, Catherine Martinez, Martha Meza, Lauren Au, Lorrene Ritchie, Shannon Whaley
Tuesday, November 8, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; oral presentation
Impact of an arts-based public health literacy program delivered online to high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Hannah Thompson, Jackie Mendelson, Maya Zamek, Gabriel Cortez, Dean Schillinger
Wednesday, November 9, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; oral presentation
- CalFresh Healthy Living
- Caroline Long
- Carolyn Chelius
- Carolyn Rider
- Christina Becker
- Christina Hecht
- Erin Esaryk
- Evan Talmage
- Gail Woodward-Lopez
- Hannah Thompson
- Janice Kao
- Ken Hecht
- Lorrene Ritchie
- Marisa Tsai
- Monica Zuercher
- physical activity
- retail food environments
- school meals
- Sridharshi Hewawitharana
- Wendi Gosliner
NPI presents at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2022 Food & Nutrition Conference on conducting research to inform policy
Nutrition Policy Institute director Lorrene Ritchie will present at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2022 Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, October 8-11. Ritchie will be co-presenting a session on October 9, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time titled “Multiplying Your Impact: Conducting Research to Inform Policy” with co-presenters Sheila Fleischhacker from Georgetown University Law Center and Alison Steiber from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The session will be moderated by Mary Lesser from the University of California, Berkeley and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland.
NPI researchers present at National WIC Association 2022 Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Conference
Nutrition Policy Institute researchers will present at the National WIC Association 2022 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Conference in Orlando, Florida, September 6-9, 2022. Lorrene Ritchie will co-present a session titled “Now we are FIVE! Findings through age five from the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2 (WIC ITFPS-2)” on September 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Co-presenters are Amanda Reat from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, and Christina Borger from Westat. Eastern Time. Marisa Tsai will present on findings from a California study at a session titled “Understanding Perceptions and Utilization of the WIC Cash Value Benefit: Perspectives from Four States” on September 8 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Co-presenters from other states include Emily Duffy from the University of North Carolina, McKenna Halverson from the University of Delaware, and Cristina Gago from Harvard University. A detailed agenda of the conference is available online.
Katherine Lanca joined the Nutrition Policy Institute on Aug. 30, 2022 as a 2022-23 University of California Global Food Initiative student fellow. Katherine is a UC Berkeley School of Public Health master's student in the Public Health Nutrition program. She will be extending her impact beyond the classroom through written, visual, and online communications about nutrition policy, food security, federal food programs, and food policy issues. The UC GFI addresses one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. Students play an important role in the UC GFI and efforts to increase food security, health and sustainability. The UC GFI Student Fellowship program funds student-generated research, related projects or internships that focus on food issues.
Two Assistant Project Scientist positions are available at the Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The positions make significant and creative contributions to NPI's collaborative research in multiple settings including communities, schools, and childcare facilities. These projects involve the assessment of the food environment and individuals' attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to the improvement of food policies, food systems, prevention of chronic diseases and optimization of health and wellbeing. The position is a one-year renewable term appointment with a merit cycle every two years. The positions will be extended based on the continued need for the positions, performance and availability of funding. More information about the positions and how to apply is available online. To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by September 26, 2022. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
An employee-centered framework for healthy workplaces modeled through a third-party certification program for improving farmworker conditions
Case studies from five farms certified by the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) inform a worker-centered framework for workplace health promotion in a new article published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research. EFI is a third-party verification and consumer labeling initiative aiming to improve farm working conditions, food safety, environmental stewardship, and business outcomes for participating farms. In the article, researchers apply the EFI framework to more traditional workplace health promotion (WHP) and occupational health and safety (OHS) programs. The framework includes three components: (1) integration of WHP, OHS and wellness in addition to economic, environmental, and consumer health, (2) promoting employee leadership and voice in workplace health systems, and (3) encouraging structural change to improve worker well-being. The article was written by Heather Zoller from the University of Cincinnati, School of Communication, Film & Media, Ron Strochlic from the Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Christy Getz from UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. The research was funded by the Berkeley Food Institute, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Waterhouse Family Institute.
A Project Assistant position is available at the Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. As a member of theNPI Operations Team, under the general supervision ofNPI's Chief Business Officer, the incumbent supports operational and research project functions. The incumbent works collaboratively withANR Central Procurement, Information Technology, Payroll, Human Resources and business departments at other UC and non-UC locations. This position is a career appointment that is 100% fixed. While this position normally is based at 1111 Franklin Street, Oakland CA, this position is eligible for hybrid flexible work arrangements, for applicants living in the State of California, at this time. Please note that hybrid flexible work arrangements are subject to change by the University.The position will be posted until filled; the first application review date is 09/07/2022. Apply online.
Research brief highlights benefits and challenges faced by California school foodservice professionals during COVID-19 and beyond
In their latest research brief, Nutrition Policy Institute researchers highlight the benefits and challenges faced by California school foodservice professionals implementing the federally-funded universal school meals through the Seamless Summer Option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings also include the resources most needed as California becomes among the first in the nation to implement a statewide universal school meals program starting in the 2022-23 school year. Results are from a survey of over 580 California foodservice directors and managers conducted in February 2022. The brief is available online. This research was conducted by Christina Hecht, Monica Zuercher, Ken Hecht, Wendi Gosliner and Lorrene Ritchie of NPI and was funded by the 2021 California Senate Bill 170.
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