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 provides 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 provides new and ideal opportunities for the Rudd Center to further its mission of making significant contributions to the understanding of our toxic food environment, the complex forces affecting how we eat, societal stigma against individuals with obesity, and how we can address these problems to optimize public health. 

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 and food related policy.

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, where new and constructive dialogue takes place, and where innovation linked to action is a guiding philosophy. Ranked as one of the highest-performing childhood nutrition and health non-profit organizations in the country, the expertise and resources provided by the Rudd Center have been established through creative, collaborative relationships with institutions and individuals with expertise in the many areas relevant to food policy and obesity. These include but are not limited to economics, law, politics, medicine, nutrition, public health, public policy, media, and advocacy.