Rudd Center In The News
A three-year campaign in Howard County, Md., aimed at curbing the community's sweet tooth led to a significant decline in sales of sugary drinks. According to an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine, the Unsweetened campaign led to a 20 percent decrease in sales of soda and a 15 percent decline in fruit drink sales between January 2013 and December 2015. NPR - The Salt
02/28/2017: UConn Talks
"If you take out the studies that were industry-funded, there is no controversy. That makes this an important study." Jennifer Harris, social psychologist at the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, discussing a report about 60 experimental studies that examined the effects of sugar-sweetened beverages on metabolic outcomes, such as obesity and diabetes. Thirty-four of those studies, a slight majority, found an association between sugary beverages and obesity; 26 found no association. But the latter group was entirely made up of industry-funded studies, while only one of the positive studies had ties to industry.
The indirect impact of soda taxes on health could be much larger by using the revenue generated to lower the cost of healthy foods through a subsidy or by increasing health education campaigns. If New Mexico had a penny-per-ounce soda tax in 2016, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity estimates in that year alone, we could have raised more than $90 million that could be reinvested in these programs.
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Public health organizations like the center for science, and groups aiming to end hunger like FRAC, are all advocates for food stamps. But the topic of restrictions has pitted them against each other. Public health organizations have pushed for restrictions, saying the current rules endorse unhealthy habits. But groups aiming to end hunger are against restrictions, saying they are too costly and complicated and wouldn’t change eating habits. Their disagreement is fueled by distrust, said Marlene Schwartz, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
Experts say that even more important than funding is starting early. “To third-graders, who have been in school since the federal regulations have been in place, a salad with chicken—not nuggets and french fries—is normal,” says Marlene Schwartz, director of the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. “It’s exactly what lunch should look like.”
The Wall Street Journal