Chat with NCCOR about childhood obesity on Sept. 9

August 13, 2014

Today, nearly one out of three kids in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in the African American and Hispanic communities. Overweight and obese kids are […]

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New USDA report explores healthy food incentives for SNAP users

July 24, 2014

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, “Approaches for Promoting Healthy Food Purchases by SNAP Participants,” examines healthy eating incentives for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users. Allison Karpyn, […]

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School vending machines ditch Oreos, Fritos for ‘smart snacks’

July 21, 2014

By Jessica Wohl The school vending machine is no longer an easy place to satisfy a snack craving. Under new national nutritional guidelines that kick in July 1, schools that […]

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SNAP-Ed toolkit adds 30 new resources

June 25, 2014

In 2013, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) helped the U.S. Department of Agriculture compile the first edition the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) toolkit. The toolkit includes […]

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Free drinking water available to most U.S. kids at school lunch

June 2, 2014

Most schools meet a new U.S. government requirement to provide free drinking water for students during lunchtime, a new study finds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rule for schools in […]

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New school meal standards significantly increase fruit, vegetable consumption

April 30, 2014

New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of […]

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School gardens grow kids’ physical activity levels

April 18, 2014

By Ted Boscia To get school children moving, uproot them from classrooms into school gardens, concludes a two-year Cornell study of 12 elementary schools in five New York regions. By […]

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USDA awards grants to develop obesity prevention programs

March 24, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make three grants totaling $5 million to universities to develop […]

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Diabetes rates rise with food prices, as healthy options get too expensive

March 19, 2014

By Matthew Mientka A new study suggests blood sugar levels among people with diabetes may rise with food prices, as consumers are priced out of the healthy foods market. Researchers […]

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Study shows nutrition education leads to healthier choices by SNAP recipients

December 17, 2013

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a study providing clear evidence that well-designed nutrition education programs can lead to healthier food […]

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