Connecticut child care centers participating in a federal food assistance program do a better job at feeding preschoolers healthy foods than non-participating centers, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
Nationwide, 4 million children receive subsidized meals and snacks through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides financial support for food served in child care centers and family day care homes, and applies standards to the types and quantity of foods served. Beccause the program targets support for low-income children, CACFP has become an important policy tool in addressing food security and improving nutrition in young children.
The UConn Rudd Center is saddened to learn of the passing of Leslie Rudd, founder of The Rudd Foundation.
“Leslie Rudd was an entrepreneur who valued innovation, determination, and challenging the status quo. His values and foundational vision for the Rudd Center remain strongly embedded as core principles of our center’s work by conducting strategic research that intersects with public policy to maximize impact,” stated Marlene B. Schwartz, Rudd Center Director and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at UConn.
Negative biases against people with obesity are widespread and can contribute to physical and emotional health problems. Studies of weight stigma often focus on women and indicate that women experience weight strigma more than men. Recent evidence, however, suggests the gap between men and women in experiencing weight stigma may be smaller than previously thought. Yet little research has been conducted on weight stigma in men exclusively - until now.
A new study of weight stigma in men by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut found that a signifcant portion of adult American men reported being mistreated about their weight. The findings suggest that men may be experiencing weight stigma at similar rates relative to women.
Parents who pack lunches for their young children can dramatically improve the nutrition quality of the meals by including a healthy beverage - either plain mik or 100 percent fruit juice, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. The study shows that some parents who pack lunches for their children ages 3 to 5 appear to be confusing fruit drinks, which have added sugar and are not recommended by health experts, with 100 percent fruit juice, which has no added sugar and is recommended at certain serving sizes (4-6 ounces per day for children 3 to 5).
Preschool children ages 2 to 5 continue to view TV ads for foods and beverages daily, revealing a loophole in major food companies' pledges that they will not direct any advertising to children under 6, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
The study also showed that the advertisements appeal to children under 6 as much as they appeal to older children 9 (ages 6-11) who companies say they are directing their ads towards. In addition, preschoolers were less likely to have tried the advertised products before seeing the ads, which research has shown makes them more susceptible to the influence of these ads.