Background

Our Mission is to promote solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy.

Why and how we pursue our mission: At the Rudd Center, we believe that every child, regardless of who they are, where they live, and what they look like, deserves the opportunity to eat healthfully. This is not the reality today. We are committed to interrupting this cycle of inequity by:

  • conducting research to inform advocacy and policy
  • supporting evidence-based solutions
  • challenging the status quo, and
  • holding the food industry, media, government, and others that affect the food environment accountable for their actions

After 10 successful years at Yale University, the Rudd Center joined the University of Connecticut's Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) in 2015. The alignment between UConn and the Rudd Center provided a new platform for researchers to elevate their work to improve the food environment and public health. UConn’s commitment to multi-disciplinary scientific collaboration and research on health and wellness provided new and ideal opportunities for the Rudd Center to further its mission. 

The Rudd Center was founded in 2005 by Kelly Brownell, PhD, at Yale, with a contribution from the Rudd Foundation. Key initiatives were launched as part of the Rudd Center’s work, based on a core philosophy of creating the greatest impact by working through important institutions that affect food policy and public health, such as schools and communities, government agencies, scientific and medical communities, and the media. This approach has distinguished the Rudd Center as a multi-disciplinary policy research center dedicated to providing high-level expertise and guidance on obesity prevention, food marketing to children, food assistance programs, food and nutrition-related policies, and policies to reduce weight bias against individuals with obesity. Since its inception, the Rudd Center has been clearly established in both national and international circles as the place where science and public policy intersect, and where innovation linked to action is a guiding philosophy.