Rudd Center In The News
Marlene B. Schwartz, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, says marketing plays a role in the obesity crisis — which is why she says parents shouldn't allow children to have televisions in their bedrooms. "And if it's already there, find a way to get it out," she says.
05/22/2017: How Soda Companies Target Latino Lawmakers
The pattern of targeting Latino lawmakers fits in with emerging evidence that companies that make unhealthy drinks and snacks tailor their marketing to Latino and black Americans. "I think it's really all part of the same strategy, which is to try to increase the positive associations with these products in those communities," says Jennifer Harris, who leads research at the University of Connecticut's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
“Of course, everyone should have a grocery store relatively close to their house,” said Marlene Schwartz, director of the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. But shoppers need to have the economic means to make healthier choices, she said. She tells her undergraduate students to make a menu of healthy meals for four days and gives them a shopping budget based on enrollment in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). “They all realized, there’s no way,” she said. One student originally wanted to make Caesar salad with salmon and avocado: “They couldn’t possibly afford that. So they bought frozen fish sticks.”
“A key goal of this study is to examine the diverse forms of victimization that LGBTQ youth face,” says co-investigator Rebecca Puhl, professor of human development and family studies and deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at UConn. “For example, we will examine links between weight-based bullying and bullying due to sexual orientation; these two forms of bullying are both very common in youth but have not been examined as shared experiences. This research is critical to understand the impact of sexual orientation and gender identity in combination with other stigmatized identities on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority youth.”
05/16/2017: Health Advocates Push for Sugary Drink Tax
In the middle of Connecticut's budget crisis, health advocates see an opportunity to capitalize on the uncertainty. The American Heart Association (AHA), joined by a University of Connecticut professor, and one member of the Connecticut General Assembly, made their case Monday for a one cent per ounce tax on all sugary drinks.