Connect & Explore SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework Q&A

October 11, 2016

As part of the popular Connect & Explore webinar series, NCCOR hosted a two-part feature on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework. On August 18, the webinar titled “SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework: Measuring Success in Low-Income Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Programs” explored how to use the framework to evaluate nutrition education and obesity prevention programs. Guest speakers […]

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Kids eat more healthful foods during longer, quieter school lunch

December 12, 2014

It’s hard to get kids to eat healthful foods, especially at school. But a new study suggests that, by changing the lunch environment, schools can encourage kids to make better choices without even changing their menus. This study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, found that students buying school […]

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Access to healthy food improves health, brings economic benefits

March 21, 2014

Access to healthy food can bring triple bottom-line benefits to communities — better health, new jobs, and a revitalized economy. But nearly 30 million Americans still live in low-income areas with limited access to supermarkets. The problem is particularly acute in low-income communities of color. The good news is Congress took steps to expand access […]

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Parents may want to limit electronic media at mealtime

February 5, 2014

Parents who let their teens use electronic devices or watch TV during family meals tend to serve less nutritious food and have poorer family communication, a new study suggests. Experts have suggested turning the TV off at mealtime for years. But with the advent of cell phones and other handheld devices, kids can bring all kinds […]

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Healthy food rarely convenient for urban minorities

November 6, 2013

By Valerie Debenedette Despite the prevalence of corner and convenience stores in urban neighborhoods, many residents have to travel farther to find supermarkets that offer a wide variety of healthful food choices, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study also found that supermarkets in lower income areas and with more […]

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Income, not ‘food deserts,’ more to blame for U.S. obesity

September 30, 2013

By Kyley McGeeney and Elizabeth Mendes In the United States, obesity in “food deserts” is above average. However, it is not solely — or even primarily — access to grocery stores that appears to be the issue — higher obesity rates are more likely to be linked to lower incomes. In other words, a lack […]

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NYC school lunch menus serve up healthy eats

September 9, 2013

By Kevin Zimmerman When New York City children shuffle into the cafeteria on Sept. 9 most probably won’t notice any changes at that first back-to-school lunch until they roll their trays up to the cash register. For kids who pay for the mid-day meal, the price jumps up a quarter. But those children who qualify […]

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Minneapolis Public Schools food truck promotes healthy lunch for all kids

July 30, 2013

By Margo Ashmore “My son ate broccoli and carrots for the first time, seeing his peers do it. And the ranch dressing helped,” said Andrea Worsfeld, picnicking at Jackson Square Park [in Minneapolis, Minn.] with her 2-year-old son, his 6-week-old sibling, and another mother and her children. They’d come for swimming, but stumbled upon the free […]

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National parks dishing up healthier fare this summer

June 7, 2013

By Nanci Hellmich Visitors to the national parks this summer will not only get a taste of nature, they’ll get a taste of healthier fare at the parks’ restaurants, snack bars, and stores. On June 5 the National Park Service announced a new nationwide plan — the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program — to make […]

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Helping kids make healthier food choices

February 26, 2013

Feb. 25, 2013, The Boston Globe By Lara Salahi Want a way to get kids to choose healthier food? Make it look good and easy to grab, say researchers at Cornell University. Their study, published Feb. 22 in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggests that kids are more likely to choose healthy food if the presentation […]

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