June 2019 Newsletter

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Rudd Center Recent Publications

American Journal of Public Health: Primer on US Food and Nutrition Policy and Public Health

The federal school lunch program feeds more than 30 million American children each school day, and with the regulations established from the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the school nutrition environment is the healthiest it has been in decades. Recent changes, however, have reversed certain regulations and reintroduced 1% flavored milk, weakened whole grain requirements, and ended a plan to progressively reduce sodium over several years. In this section, these changes are discussed, drawing on historical events and dietary guidelines to explain the impact they will have on the dietary quality of US children. 

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The food sustainability section of the primer offers an in-depth analysis of the Farm Bill and its impact on agriculture and public health. It also urges advocates for sustainable agriculture and public health practitioners to work together to realign US agricultural policy with the health of both American citizens and the environment. 

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This primer section discusses SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), two key government programs that have been highly beneficial and cost-effective ways to assist those in need. It also provides commentary on the most recent iterations of the Farm Bill and on how threats to funding of food assistance programs make it difficult to address key issues.  

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Rudd Center In The News

When You're Told You're Too Fat to Get Pregnant
Featured: Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director

White Meat Just as Bad for You as Red Beef When it Comes to your Cholesterol
Featured: Maria Romo-Palafox, Postdoctoral Fellow

Is Trump Right to Let Gas Stations Offer SNAP and to Classify Spray Cheese as a Staple?
Featured: Tatiana Andreyeva, Director of Economic Initiatives

How Energy Drinks Have Become Wildly Popular with Teens. Here's Why its a Public Health Concern.
Featured: Jennifer Harris, Director of Marketing Initiatives

Food Insecurity a 'Growing Epidemic' for CT College Students
Featured: Marlene Schwartz, Director

CDC Study Finds US Preschoolers Slightly Less Obese
Featured: Marlene Schwartz, Director

What's Simmering With Our Friends?

Training Series: Helping Adolescent Girls Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is excited to announce a free accredited training series for pediatric and adolescent healthcare providers. This online series offers evidence-based strategies for compassionate, targeted weight management and obesity prevention in girls. 

Part 1 of the series consists of two training modules:

  • Improving Care for Adolescent Girls: The Importance of Addressing Weight Bias offers strategies for communicating with adolescent girls who have overweight/obesity, as well as with their caregivers. It also presents ways to reduce weight bias among healthcare providers. The training module includes a 1-hour recorded webinar presented by Rebecca Puhl, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Rudd Center.
  • Child and Adolescent Weight Management: Guidelines, Guidance, and Goals offers strategies for implementing current guidelines for treatment and prevention of obesity in childhood. It includes a 1-hour recorded webinar presented by Sandra Hassink, M.D., FAAP, Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. 

Both training modules include a Healthcare Provider Resource Toolkit.

Healthy Competition: Awards & Recognition

National Child Nutrition Foundation Presents Excellence Awards at National Child Nutrition Conference

Each year, the National Child Nutrition Foundation presents Excellence Awards to honor and recognize organizations and individuals for excellence and innovation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). 

This year's Champion Award recipient, nominated by the Rudd Center, was Celia Cordero from the Connecticut State Department of Education. The Champion Award celebrates a CACFP community member for their success in promoting CACFP through effective advocacy, partnerships, and collaborations to increase program participation and ensure access for every child. Mrs. Celia Cordero has devoted her life-long career in CACFP to expanding the program to feed most vulnerable children in the state of Connecticut, and she has also played an integral part and been a valuable partner in all CACFP-related work of the Rudd Center. Congratulations, Celia!

Food for Thought: Discrimination Legislation

Lawmakers in Massachusetts have introduced a bill that, if passed, would prohibit discrimination on the basis of height and weight. Currently, Michigan is the only state that has a law prohibiting discrimination based on height or weight in private employment. In favor of this bill, Rudd Center Deputy Director, Rebecca Puhl, wrote a perspective piece for the Washington Post noting academic research not only shows that weight-based stigma, prejudice, and outright discrimination are rampant, but also that there is increasing support for legal measures to address these issues. 

Read the full article here.

Join the Bunch: We're Hiring!

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position whose research strengthens or complements our key research areas, including, but not limited to, public health nutrition, federal food programs, public policy, health equity, community-engaged research, food marketing/advertising, and communications. The interdisciplinary nature of the Rudd Center is supported by having core faculty members from different academic departments, and we invite candidates from a broad range of academic disciplines and research areas to apply. 

To read the full job description and steps to apply, click here

News To Chew On

Washington Post
While Companies Push Sugary Beverages, Parents Should Promote Water. Here's How.

ABC6 News
Then vs. Now: How Breakfast Cereal Became So Sweet

Business Insider
23 'Facts' You Learned About Healthy Eating and Nutrition as a Kid That are No Longer True

Middletown Press
Trump Plans to Reduce Food Stamps Would Disqualify Thousands in CT

Processed Foods are a Much Bigger Health Problem Than we Thought

Kids Who are Overweight at Age 7 May Begin to Suffer from Anxiety Too

Washington Post
Why is the USDA Downplaying Good News About this Obama-Era School Nutrition Program?