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 8, Number 1: School Recess: A Chance to Address Health Inequity Across California
- Volume 7, Number 4: Improving Access to Fresh, Local Produce for Incarcerated Californians
- Volume 7, Number 3: Join UC Experts in Working to Curb Sugary Drinks
- Volume 7, Number 2: Low Receipt of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Among Eligible Families
- Volume 7, Number 1: The Nutrition Policy Institute’s Innovating Approach to Evaluating SNAP-Ed
- Volume 6, Number 4: A multi-pronged approach to improve college students' food security
- 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 News Blog
Study examines associations among participants in safety-net programs with government perceptions, welfare stigma, and discrimination
Safety net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP nationally and CalFresh in California, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provide great benefits to families facing economic hardship and food insecurity....
Nutrition Policy Institute comments to the US Food and Drug Administration’s strategies to reduce added sugars consumption in the United States
The excessive consumption of added sugars by Americans has surpassed the recommended levels outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, highlighting a pressing public health concern.The Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California,...
The Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources is excited to announce the launch of our official LinkedIn Business Page. Follow us for the latest updates from NPI including research and policy insights,...
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP nationally, and commonly known as CalFresh in California, gives approximately 3.3 million college students access to essential food assistance. However, an estimated 57% of SNAP-eligible...
Wendi Gosliner from the Nutrition Policy Institute discussed efforts to enhance population health and nutrition, focusing on eliminating disparities and improving federal food programs in a recent If I Could Change One Thing health policy podcast...
Study examines differences in California parent’s perceptions of school meals during COVID by race and ethnicity
In May 2020, running until the end of the 2021-2022 school year, the US Congress authorized the US Department of Agriculture to issue nationwide waivers that allowed all schools to provide universal free school meals to mitigate the impacts of...
Study outlines strategies needed for financial stability in an evaluation of a food hub intervention
Nutrition Policy Institute researchers studied an intervention for the expansion of the Mandela Health and Wealth Net, a food hub-based healthy retail initiative located in Oakland, California. The Mandela Produce Distribution food hub aggregates,...
More Americans are now sick with diet-related conditions than are well. In the American Journal of Public Health's special issue on "Policies and Strategies to Increase Equitable Access to Family Nutrition," Lorrene Ritchie and Wendi Gosliner of the...
Study finds that SNAP and WIC stores offer healthier food retail environment in low-income California neighborhoods
A recent study examined how stores' participation in federal assistance programs, such as Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program— commonly known as WIC and SNAP or...
Suzanne Rauzon, director of community health for the Nutrition Policy Institute, will retire in January 2024. Rauzon's University of California career began over twenty years ago when she joined the UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health, which joined...
New study shows school meal consumption during COVID increased intake of fruit and vegetables and sugary drinks
Nutrition Policy Institute researchers led a recent study published in the California Agriculture journal. During COVID-related school closures school meal consumption was associated with eating more fruits and vegetables. Researchers administered online...
Research Brief: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participants appreciate behavioral science informed nutrition text messages
The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—known as SNAP nationally and CalFresh in California—provides food benefits to over 22 million low-income families in the US to supplement their grocery budget. New Nutrition Policy...
NPI job openings: Assistant or Associate Project Scientists to support evaluation of California’s universal school meals program
The Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking to hire two Assistant or Associate Project Scientists to support our work to evaluate California's universal school meals program. The positions...
Julia Nguyen joined the Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources on October 17, 2023 as a personnel coordinator. Her background includes project management and diversity, equity and inclusion-related...
Study finds that racial and ethnic disparities in infant diet quality index predict differences in later diet quality
A recent study found that higher infant diet quality scores observed in Hispanic Spanish-speaking participants account for certain racial and ethnic variations in later diet quality, suggesting that enhancing infant nutrition could mitigate early...
Study finds that changes in food shopping and meal behaviors were linked to changes in dietary intake and bodyweight during the COVID-19 pandemic among low-income parents in California
The article, “Associations between Changes in Food Acquisition Behaviors, Dietary Intake, and Bodyweight during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Low-Income Parents in California” was recently published in the Nutrients journal. Low-income parents...
Research brief: Health inequities may have been exacerbated by SNAP-Ed reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic
A new research brief developed by the Nutrition Policy Institute outlines the results and implications of the 2023 study: “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education reductions during COVID-19 may have exacerbated health inequities.”...
A recent research brief from the Nutrition Policy Institute illuminates the experiences of participants newly enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children—commonly known as WIC. The brief, based on the...
A new video highlights Nutrition Policy Institute's partnership with Impact Justice, ChangeLab Solutions, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to launch "Harvest of the Month," a program which brings fresh, California-grown...
The School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley launches new dietetic internship program for master’s in public health nutrition students
The School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley was recently granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for their new Berkeley Public Health Dietetic Internship program....