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 6, Number 3: Support universal school meals
- Volume 6, Number 2: Healthy-by-Default beverage laws for kids' meals
- Volume 6, Number 1: Policy recommendations to strengthen WIC
- Volume 5, Number 3: 2021: Nutrition Policy Institute research highlights
- Volume 5, Number 2: Healthy school meals for all
- 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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
New study describes California’s successful hybrid remote and in-person WIC programs during the COVID-19 pandemic
New research shows that participants and directors of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) across California greatly appreciate the hybrid model of remote and in-person services that have been offered during...
New study finds that a farmers market incentive program for SNAP shoppers is associated with decreased participant food insecurity
Nutrition Policy Institute researchers conducted an evaluation of the California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP), which provides CalFresh (the California division of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants with dollar-for-dollar...
For the second time since 1969, the White House is holding a conference on US nutrition. The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, planned for September 2022, aims to provide a comprehensive package of strategies to reduce hunger and...
NPI researchers awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research program funding to evaluate COVID-19 and socioeconomic recovery efforts
Nutrition Policy Institute researchers were awarded three separate 18-month research grants up to $250,000 as part of the Healthy Eating Research 2021 special solicitation on COVID-19 and Socioeconomic Recovery Efforts. Lorrene Ritchie, in collaboration...
NPI researchers present on drinking water and SNAP-Ed at the annual Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior conference
Nutrition Policy Institute researchers Christina Hecht and Janice Kao will take part in the 2022 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior conference on the intersection of nutrition education and behavior and the digital world. Hecht is a...
New study describes the connection between perceived tap water security in schools and water consumption by source
In a new cross-sectional study from the Academic Pediatrics journal, researchers investigated the impact of negative water security experiences on the preferred water sources and water intake of San Francisco Bay Area students at low-income public...
The Nutrition Policy Institute welcomed Richard Pulvera to the team on July 6, 2022. Richard is an NPI research data analyst who primarily works on evaluation and reporting projects for CalFresh Healthy Living in partnership with the California...
New study shows longer participation in WIC is associated with higher diet quality and improved food security in children
The federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides supplemental healthy foods, health care and social service referrals, breastfeeding support, and nutrition education for pregnant and postpartum women and...
This summer, the Nutrition Policy Institute has welcomed eight student interns who are supporting ongoing research and communications. The group is bringing new perspectives to NPI work, strengthening connections with the academic and local communities,...
New study describes a flexible recruitment strategy for schools that are socioeconomically comparable to SNAP-Ed schools
Researchers from the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nutrition Policy Institute recruited 36 elementary schools from across California to serve as comparison schools to evaluate the impact of the Supplemental...