Rudd Center In The News
A new study evaluating major U.S. fast-food restaurant chains’ pledges to offer healthier kids’ meal drinks and sides shows inconsistent implementation at the chains’ individual restaurant locations. In addition, promotion of healthier items varied widely between the chains examined, according to a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
In 2013, amid warnings of a national child obesity epidemic and calls to improve children’s food options, some of America's most popular fast-food restaurants began promising healthier drinks and sides for kids. But have they followed through with those promises? Sort of, according to a report released Thursday by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
07/24/2017: Interview with Marlene Schwartz, PhD
Food marketing directed at children and parents of young children can be very misleading. There is an implicit, and sometimes explicit, message that children don’t like healthy food and that parents should worry about their children getting enough food overall, and therefore should feed their children only food they like. If I could tell American parents one thing, it would be that you are in charge, and you have the power to create your child’s food environment at home. Children will eat whatever is normal to eat in their culture—look at what children eat all over the world and throughout history.
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If flavored milk is taken away in school, most kids will adjust to drinking plain milk, found a recent study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut measured the amount of plain milk selected and consumed by elementary students, years after the school removed flavored milk from the lunch menu.
A new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut has found that most students adjust to drinking plain milk after flavored milk is removed from school lunch menus. Flavored milk served in the National School Lunch Program contains up to 10 grams of added sugar per serving, which is 40 percent of a child’s daily allowance of added sugar. Given the nation’s key public health target of limiting added sugars in children’s diets, flavored milk has come under scrutiny in the context of school nutrition. The study measured plain milk selection and consumption in the years after flavored milk was removed in two schools. During the first year without flavored milk, 51.5 percent of students selected plain milk. Two years later, 72 percent of students selected plain milk. Both years, student selection and consumption of plain milk dropped significantly on days when 100 percent fruit juice was also available.