How is nutrition policy being implemented across the United States? How can policies work together over time to improve the diet and health of Americans? From New York City to Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, a recent special collection published in Preventing Chronic Disease examines nutrition policies across the United States from a variety of policy levels, types, and settings. Studies in the series, many of which were authored by National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) members and contributors, use diverse methodologies to explore policy development, adoption, implementation, and transferability while tackling best practices in policy translation, communication, and dissemination.
A peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Preventing Chronic Disease, issued the special collection of articles that highlight several aspects of research conducted by members of the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN). In these published studies, NOPREN contributors strive to foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies to improve American’s nutrition through improved access to affordable, healthier foods and beverages in child care, schools, worksites, and other community settings.
NOPREN is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers Program and was created by CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. The nutrition research and evaluation focuses on: population based strategies and targeted approaches to ensure health equity through diverse policy levers. NOPREN strives to conduct policy research relevant to practitioners at the state and local level, policy makers, and to be responsive to communities most in need.
NOPREN articles in Preventing Chronic Disease:
- Kim SA, Blanck HM, Cradock A, Gortmaker S. Networking to Improve Nutrition Policy Research. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:E148.
- Cradock et al. Evaluating the Impact of the Healthy Beverage Executive Order for City Agencies in Boston, MA, 2011-2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140549.
- Tovar A, Risica P, Mena N, Lawson E, Ankoma A, Gans KM. An Assessment of Nutrition Practices and Attitudes in Family Child-Care Homes: Implications for Policy Implementation. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140587.
- Ritchie LD, Yoshida S, Sharma S, Patel A, Vitale EH, Hecht K. Drinking Water in California Child Care Sites Before and After 2011–2012 Beverage Policy. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140548.
- Breck A, Kiszko KM, Abrams C, Elbel B. Spending at Mobile Fruit and Vegetable Carts and Using SNAP Benefits to Pay, Bronx, New York, 2013 and 2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140542.
- Walsh CC, Taggart M, Freedman DA, Trapl ES, Borawski EA. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition: “We Have Evolved”. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140538.
- Calancie L, Leeman J, Jilcott Pitts SB, Khan LK, Fleischhacker S, Evenson KR, et al. Nutrition-Related Policy and Environmental Strategies to Prevent Obesity in Rural Communities: A Systematic Review of the Literature, 2002-2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140540.
- Quinn E, Johnson DB, Krieger J, MacDougall E, Payne E, Chan NL. Developing Local Board of Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Food Access — King County, Washington, 2010-2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140544.
- Otten JJ, Dodson EA, Fleischhacker S, Siddiqi S, Quinn EL. Getting Research to the Policy Table: A Qualitative Study With Public Health Researchers on Engaging With Policy Makers. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140546.
- Fleischhacker S, Otten JJ, Dodson EA, Siddiqi S. Elevating the Impact of Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:150142.