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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 and sign up to be added to the mailing list.

Brown Bags

The Nutrition Policy Institute Brown Bag seminar series allows the current NPI staff and affiliated colleagues to hear from guest researchers, policymakers, and program leaders – to learn, to inspire, and to stretch our thinking about public health.

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.

CalFresh Healthy Living Program Evaluation | California Department of Public Health

The Nutrition Policy Institute works with the California Department of Public Health and local health departments to evaluate CalFresh Healthy Living, California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Program (SNAP-Ed). 

Measuring Beverage Intake in Children and Adolescents

The report provides guidance on using five main types of assessment methods for measuring beverage intake for children and adolescents, including a description of how to implement the method, recommendations for use, and advantages and limitations. 

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.

Online Trainings

Nutrition Policy Institute has several online, on-demand trainings available on a variety of nutrition-policy related topics including food bank nutrition policies and healthy beverage policies for child care providers. 

Best of Science Letters

Nutrition Policy Institute submits best of science letters to federal agencies and committees involved in the development of national dietary guidelines, child nutrition reauthorization, and other efforts to address hunger, nutrition and health. 

Public Comments and Recommendations

Nutrition Policy Institute submits comments to federal agencies when new regulations for the federally funded food programs are proposed. In addition, NPI contributes recommendations to federal agencies and committees involved in the development of national dietary guidelines. 

School Meals for All

The Nutrition Policy Institute was funded to conduct a formative evaluation of California's Universal School Meals program through CA SB 170 (2021). This page provides updates on evaluation results.

UC Healthy Vending Policy

Guidelines were developed to provide a consistent set of nutrition criteria and recommended implementation procedures for all University of California campuses to follow, with the intent that these are eventually adopted as a University of California systemwide policy. Materials were created for use in achieving and supporting UC systemwide policy adoption. These materials are available for download below and may be useful, whether a UC location chooses to voluntarily implement these guidelines or pursue formal policy adoption. All are welcome to use and adapt the materials created by this work group to fit the needs of their own organization.

UC Research Consortium on Beverages & Health

The University of California Research Consortium on Beverages and Health aims to provide legislators and communities with the science base for policy and programs to decrease consumption of sugary drinks and increase consumption of water. The group includes faculty from every UC campus.