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Messages Promoting Healthy Kids’ Meals: An Online RCT

Calorie labeling is now required on all large U.S. chain restaurant menus, but its influence on consumer behavior is mixed. This study examines whether different parent-targeted messages encourage parents to order lower-calorie meals for their children in a hypothetical online setting.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Publication
FOCUS AREAS:
Obesity
RUDD AUTHORS:
Marlene Schwartz
Understanding individual and socio-cultural factors associated with hispanic parents’ provision of sugar-sweetened beverages to young children

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) contribute to childhood obesity, long-term risks for diet-related diseases, and health disparities affecting communities of color. Hispanic children are disproportionately affected by obesity, but research is needed to better understand culturally specific reasons for providing SSBs to Hispanic children. This exploratory study utilized the Social Ecological Model framework to evaluate Hispanic parents’ perceptions of SSBs and serving them to young children.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Publication
FOCUS AREAS:
Sugary Drinks
RUDD AUTHORS:
Jennifer Harris
Feeding Kids in 2021

Dr. Marlene Schwartz joins Julie Relevant in this episode about the impact of COVID-19 on health inequities, rates of food insecurity, and childhood obesity. They also tackle the current state of school lunch and proposed waivers, food marketing and social media influencers and what we can do to affect change.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Podcast
FOCUS AREAS:
Food Security
Schools
RUDD AUTHORS:
Marlene Schwartz
Onset of COVID Pandemic Significantly Threatened the School Meal Program

In mid-March 2020, school buildings closed and the total number of school meals served in Connecticut dropped by 32% in the first two weeks. But, thanks to the creative outreach and flexibility exhibited by school food service directors, these numbers rebounded, according to a new study from researchers at the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Press Release
FOCUS AREAS:
Schools
RUDD AUTHORS:
Marlene Schwartz
Dedication, innovation, and collaboration: A mixed-methods analysis of school meals in Connecticut during COVID-19

When school buildings across the U.S. closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts mobilized to establish emer­gency school meal programs to operate outside the setting of school cafeterias. The aim of this conver­gent mixed-methods study is to (a) examine the structure and rates of participation in the spring 2020 meal programs in Connecticut, and (b) obtain insight about the challenges, strategies used, and lessons learned during this time by food service leaders.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Publication
FOCUS AREAS:
Schools
RUDD AUTHORS:
Marlene Schwartz
Sarah McKee
The Leading Voices in Food: Can We Trust Industry to Reformulate Food for Health?

When the food industry promises to police itself and pledges to improve nutrition in public health, can it be trusted to make meaningful change or must government mandate those changes? Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Professor of Global Food and Agricultural Policy and Ethics at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Jennifer Harri, Senior Research Advisor for Marketing Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, help answer this question.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Podcast
FOCUS AREAS:
Food & Beverage Marketing
RUDD AUTHORS:
Jennifer Harris
Equity at the Ballot Box: Health as a Resource for Political Participation Among Low-Income Workers in Two United States Cities

The purpose of this study is to identify health resources associated with propensity to vote at the local-level among low-wage workers in two United States. cities. Literature confirms individuals of lower income have a lower propensity of turning out to vote, yet few studies have focused on low-income populations to identify the variation in factors associated with voting within this group.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Publication
FOCUS AREAS:
Food Environment
RUDD AUTHORS:
Caitlin Caspi
Infographic: School Meals During COVID-19

Using results from our Rudd report on school meals during COVID, this infographic outlines best practices for implementing emergency school meal programs during the pandemic.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Infographic
FOCUS AREAS:
Schools
RUDD AUTHORS:
Marlene Schwartz
A pilot examination of the inter-rater reliability of the 18-item Household Food Security Module between cohabiting mothers and fathers

Food insecurity, defined as the inability to access sufficient food for an active, healthy life, affects 11.1% of the US population and is primarily assessed using the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 18-item Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM). This pilot study aimed to determine (i) the interrater reliability of the HFSSM; (ii) the direction of any difference
between responses to the HFSSM; and (iii) the item-level response similarities and differences among mothers and fathers of young children.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Publication
FOCUS AREAS:
Food Security
RUDD AUTHORS:
Marlene Schwartz
COVID-19 responses: Food policy councils are “stepping in, stepping up, and stepping back”

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, food policy councils (FPCs) have emerged as a critical struc- ture for organizing community-based responses to multiple food system issues. Strong relationships with various food system stakeholders have proven essential in inspiring coordinated action. Using the early results of a Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future survey of FPCs (2020), we discuss some of the accomplishments and contributions that 118 FPCs have made toward addressing hunger and supporting producers, school food, food chain workers, racial equity, and resilience in the United States and in tribal nations.

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RESOURCE TYPE:
Publication
FOCUS AREAS:
Food Security
RUDD AUTHORS:
Kristen Cooksey-Stowers
Abiodun Atoloye
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