September 2019 Newsletter

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Advancing Effective Obesity Communications: A Workshop

On September 16th in Washington, D.C., the National Academies of Sciences' Roundtable on Obesity Solutions hosted a workshop providing an overview of the current communications environment and its impact on delivering information about obesity. Invited expert panelists, including Rudd Center Deputy Director, Rebecca Puhl, discussed the importance of reducing weight bias in obesity-related communication, and examined best practices in the development of effective communication messages. The workshop also explored the complexities of communicating solutions to obesity, such as addressing issues of equity and unintended consequences, and lessons that have been learned to inform future efforts. 

A recording of the discussion can be found here

Rudd Center In The News

This is Why the U.S. is Failing to Tackle Childhood Obesity
Featured: Marlene Schwartz, Director

School Food Service: Another Divide Between the Rich and the Poor
Featured: Marlene Schwartz, Director

Obesity as a Protected Class
Featured: Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director

CT Schools Weigh Offering Healthy Foods vs. Profits
Featured: Marlene Schwartz, Director

What's Simmering With Our Friends? 

HER: Healthy Drinks Healthy Kids

Research shows that what children drink – from birth through age 5 – can have a big impact on their health. With so many choices, it can be confusing to know which drinks are healthy and which ones to avoid. That’s why some of the nation’s leading health and nutrition experts came together to develop new recommendations to help parents choose what’s best for their kids. The Healthy Drinks Healthy Kids campaign outlines the recommendations created by Healthy Eating Research in partnership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Heart Association.  

Salud America! Health Equity Report Card

The new Salud America! “Health Equity Report Card” provides individuals with an opportunity to see how their county is doing on a variety of health-related conditions compared to the rest of their state and nation. The data will show how a particular area stacks up in housing, transportation, poverty, healthcare, mental health, environmental issues, and access to healthy food and active spaces by using interactive maps and comparative gauges. Through these visualizations, this report card can help start and support conversations about solutions to inequities that affect communities.
 
Get a Health Equity Report Card for your area here

Join the Bunch: We're Hiring!

The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to research on nutrition, food marketing and health disparities. Responsibilities include nutritional analyses, quantitative and qualitative data collection, data analyses, literature reviews, grant writing and writing scientific papers. Additional duties include supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, including dietetics interns’ research rotation. This is a full time, annually renewable position starting January 1, 2020 with a maximum duration of 2 years. 
 
To apply, click here.  

News To Chew On

CBS Philly
Philadelphia City Council Passes Legislation Requiring Restaurants to Offer Healthy Beverages on Children's Menus

Food News
Sweet Little Lies: How Food Companies Hide the Sugar of their Food Products from You
 
WPR
What Happened to School Lunch Hour? Today, it Clocks Close to 20 Minutes
 
EcoWatch
On Climate and Food, What's the Lesson We Insist on Missing? 

New York Times
Opinion: What's the Right Way to Reverse the Obesity Epidemic?

Associated Press
Americans Love Snacks. What Does that Mean for Their Health?

Heathline
Doctors May Need More Education on Nutrition