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December 2014

  • December 21, 2014
    • The Food Safety Net: Almost 4.5 Million Californians Received CalFresh (Food Stamps) This Year
    • Impulse buys of unhealthy foods in checkout aisles helps to drive obesity, report contends
    • Temping treats: Hungry or not, kids will eat tempting sweets and snacks
    • University High School's UNI Project gets teens drinking vegetable smoothies
    • Health Beat: Daily text support spurs on exercise
    • Reduce Screen Time to Trim the Fat
    • School meals cheaper, healthier, study finds: breakfast programs lauded
    • Berkeley: Mayor, in first move toward implementing soda tax, appoints city council subcommittee
    • Special Analysis: 2014 U.S. Conference of Mayors Survey on Hunger and Homelessness
  • December 15, 2014
    • Nationwide Implementation of Community Eligibility Provision Yields Increased Participation, Reduced Administrative Burden for Schools
    • Fresno Unified is Recognized by the USDA
    • USDA Selects States for Participation in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables
    • Menu Labeling Imparts New Information About the Calorie Content of Restaurant Foods
    • Inflation and Higher Food Prices Kept Food Insecurity Rates Relatively High After the 2007-09 Recession
    • Measuring Access to Healthful, Affordable Food in American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Areas
    • Prevent Childhood Obesity: Learning To Cook Encourages Healthy Eating In Children
    • Study: Obesity May Shorten Life Expectancy by Up to 8 Years
    • U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter
    • New video, infographics, and photos highlight deficiencies in the current U.S. food supply
    • Low-income children get most fruits and veggies at school
  • December 8, 2014
    • USDA Announces Support to Help Schools Purchase More Food from Local Farmers
    • Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking
    • Setting family rules promotes healthier behavior in children
    • Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills
  • December 1, 2014
    • The Role of Time in Fast-Food Purchasing Behavior in the United States
    • Final School Wellness Policy Rules Expected in April 2015
    • Farmers' markets as ground zero for local, the "new" organic
    • Vegetables hit school lunch trays, but most kids don't bite
    • National study on vending machines: Majority of beverage, food options unhealthy
    • NY targets obesity with rules on day-care drinks
    • Fun And Games help Toddlers Make Healthy Choices
    • Pasadena Awarded Grant for 2015 Summer, Afterschool Meal Programs
    • Food Labeling; Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments and Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines
    • America Walks Launches New Case Studies
    • Navajo Nation President Approves Junk-Food Tax
    • How the world could better fight obesity

 

November 2014

  • November 24, 2014
    • The Many Reasons USDA is Celebrating 50 Years of SNAP
    • USDA Explores Cost Effective Ways to Improve Summer Food Access for Kids
    • First Community Health All-Star: Suzy Sayre Makes Smarter Lunchrooms a Reality
    • Report: School kitchens need equipment
    • Fast food marketing for children disproportionately affects certain communities
    • Home Cooking Helps Keep the Calories Down
    • Few schools adhered to USDA nutrition standards before 2013
  • November 17, 2014
    • SNAP Households Must Balance Multiple Priorities To Achieve a Healthful Diet
    • School Lunches More Nutritious Than Home-Packed Lunches: Study
    • Obese Children Were Likely to Stay Obese Into Adolescence
    • mHealth Apps Linked to Well-Being
    • How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill
    • UCSF Initiative Links 'Sugar Science' to Your Health
    • Is Berkeley's New Soda Tax a Tipping Point or an Outlier?
    • Can doubling down on food stamps boost nutrition?
  • November 10, 2014
    • The Characteristics and Circumstances of Zero-Income Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households
    • Monterey school district serves local food
    • Berkeley breaks through on soda tax
    • Overweight Children Who Eat Vegetables Are Healthier, Researcher Finds
    • It's Official: Safe Routes to School is Proven to Work
    • Getting Students Involved in Wellness
  • November 3, 2014
    • New Day, Same Mission: The Evolution of SNAP
    • WIC: The Foundation of Healthy Families Since 1974
    • Willow Cove Elementary Brings the Classroom Outside
    • Transition to Adulthood: Food Insecurity Among Adolescents and College Students
    • Researchers urge retailers to replace kids' 'eye level' junk food
    • Hunger in America 2014 National Report
    • USDA Partners with DOD to Fight Childhood Obesity

 

October 2014

  • October 27, 2014
    • USDA Seeks Public Feedback on Policies with School Meals Charges
    • California Thursdays Hopes to Change Students' Health One Meal at a Time
    • New School Year Means New Opportunities to Build Healthy Campuses
    • U-ACRE Creates Food for Thought for Los Angeles Hispanic Community
    • Willow Cove students, staff beaming after White House visit
    • How USDA Celebrated National School Lunch Week
    • Cornell gets $865K for nutrition, obesity research
    • High Intensity Interval Training commutes to the cubicle
  • October 20, 2014
    • National School Lunch Week Offers a Time to Celebrate Children's Health
    • Commemorating the History of SNAP: Looking Back at the Food Stamp Act of 1964
    • ERS's Food Consumption and Nutrient Intake Data--Tools for Assessing Americans' Diets
    • Calorie Labeling on Restaurant Menus--Who Is Likely to Use It?
    • How Family Dynamics at the Dinner Table Affect Kids' Weight
    • Hunger Among Hispanics on the Decline
    • The Role of the Cooperative Extension in Food Safety
    • 'To Burn Off Calories in This Soda, Walk 5 Miles'
  • October 13, 2014
    • Nutrition Assistance in Farmers Markets: Understanding the Shopping Patterns of SNAP Participants
    • USDA Backs Healthy Incentives
    • Growing Your Farm to School Program Has Never Been Easier
    • Family Meals Could Protect Your Teen from Obesity in Adulthood
    • Obesity rates increased in six states: New report highlights obesity trends, prevention strategies
  • October 6, 2014
    • USDA Announces up to $31 million to Empower People to Make Healthy Eating Choices
    • Federal food program puts food on the table, but dietary quality could be improved
    • School foods are the richest source of dairy products in children's diets
    • Farm to School Programs Create New Opportunities for Farmers
    • Governor Brown Signs Legislation Requiring Healthy Options in  State Vending Machines
    • Walking is the superfood for fitness, expert say
    • Training your brain to prefer healthy foods
    • Americans snack differently than other nations
    • Continued Support for Local Food
    • A Single doorknob can contaminate up to 60 percent of people in a building in 4 hours

 

September 2014

  • September 29, 2014
    • USDA Release Final Report on Evaluation of SNAP Healthy Incentives Pilot
    • California after-school programs take a healthy turn with governor's signature
    • Fresno High food banks help students, families
    • Diabetes rates may be leveling off overall: U.S. health officials
    • Future of Children Fall 2014 Research Report
    • Improving Access to Programs My Lower Food Insecurity Among U.S. children, Says New Princeton-Brookings Report
  • September 22, 2014
    • Household Food Security in the United States in 2013
    • Selected Charts 2014, Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials
    • American waistlines still expanding, study says
    • Long-Awaited New Series 'Food Forward' Makes Its Debut on PBS
    • President Bill Clinton and Alliance for a Healthier Generation Honor 250 Schools for Exceeding Federal Nutrition Standards
    • Team Up for Success! USDA and Partners Help Secure a Healthier School Day
  • September 15, 2014
    • Poll Finds Most Parents Support Higher School Nutrition Standards
    • CDC's 2013 State Obesity Map Detailing the Prevalence of Adults with Obesity
    • Study: Americans 24 Pounds Fatter Than in 1960
    • Food-Stamp Use Starting to Fall
    • In America, Only the Poor's Eating Habits Aren't Improving
    • Eating Out Equals Eating More
    • The effect of obesity prevention interventions according to socioeconomic position: a systematic review
    • Sodium conundrum: Nine in the 10 U.S. children eat too much salt
    • FRAC Brief: Impact of the Revised WIC Food Packages on Nutrition Outcomes and the Retail Food Environment
    • National Farm to School Network: Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross Sectional Evaluation Framework for Farm to School
  • September 8, 2014
    • Presidential Proclamation - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2014
    • Food Insecurity Among American Households - Surveying the Numbers
    • Creative Solutions to Ending School Food Waste
    • Quality of U.S. Diet Improves Slightly
    • The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America
    • EFNEP FFY 2013 National Impact Report
  • September 1, 2014
    • USDA Announces $200 Million to Promote Innovation in SNAP Employment and Training Programs
    • Read Food Labels to Combat Childhood Obesity
    • Schools think local for food sources
    • New Resources Helping Students Select Fresh Foods in the Lunchroom
    • Progress on Children Eating More Fruit, Not Vegetables
    • Today's Parents Less Able to Spot Obesity in Their Kids: Study
    • Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21

 

August 2014

  • August 25, 2014
    • USDA Helps Schools Make Lunchrooms "Smarter" as Students Head Back to Class
    • SNAP Benefits Now Used to Purchase Local Food Directly from Farmers in More than 5,000 Locations
    • Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks
    • Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013, According to USDA Report
    • Parents' Work Schedule Has Direct Influence on Children's Eating Behavior
    • Back-to-school: School lunches are packing a healthier punch
  • August 18, 2014
    • Food Assistance Programs Connect Low-Income Seniors with Fresh Farm Product
    • Foods prepared at home are less sodium dense than those from restaurants, but still above guidelines
    • Farm-to-Fork University offers full courses in Sacramento
    • Inside California's Food Revolution with Joyce Goldstein
    • The New Face of Hunger
    • Many kids don't have a realistic take on their weight
    • 40 percent of Americans Will Develop Diabetes, CDC Projects
    • Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Drink at Least 1 Soda a Day: CDC
    • Tulare County tops in U.S. agriculture
  • August 11, 2014
    • New Data Reflects the Continued Demands for Farmers Market
    • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Provides Six-Month Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress
    • Study: 5 fruits and vegetables daily reduce mortality risk
    • SWEET Act would tax sugary drinks
    • Students More Accepting of Healthier School Meals
    • Kids May Not Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies
  • August 4, 2014
    • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week
    • Expanding the Summer Meals Program
    • SNAP-Ed can improve nutrition of low-income Americans across life span
    • Report Documents State of Physical Activity in U.S.
    • Kid's packed lunches often fall short of dietary guidelines

 

July 2014

  • July 28, 2014
    • Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier
    • For some California Kids, Hunger Doesn't Take Summer Vacation
    • We're all in the clean-plate club, researchers conclude
    • Study Finds Elementary Students Like New Healthier Lunches
    • Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady, Study Finds
    • Childhood Obesity Weighs on WHO
  • July 21, 2014
    • USDA, Partners Help Fill the Summer Meal Gap
    • 2014 Farm Act Maintains SNAP Eligibility Guidelines and Funds New Initiative
    • Most Kids Eat Fruit, Veggies Daily: CDC
    • Less exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlines
    • Make Exercise Fun, Eat Less Afterwards
    • Cook Healthy, tasty Meals on $4 a Day- Help the Poor Too
  • July 14, 2014
    • What Kept Food Security from Improving After the Recession?
    • Stanford Study: Inactivity, More Than Diet, Linked to Obesity Increase
    • International Food Security Assessment, 2014-24
    • NCCOR supported AJPH issue highlighted systems science applications in obesity research
    • Merced, Mariposa school districts to get food grant funds from state
  • July 7, 2014
    • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Highlights New "Smart Snacks in School" Standards: Will Ensure School Vending Machines, Snack Bars Include Healthy Choices
    • USDA Farm to School Census Results Now Available!
    • Bridging the Gap and Census Results Now Available!
    • Bridging the Gap and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Briefs, Promoting Health through Local School Wellness Policies
    • National Get Vertical Day Brings Attention to Reducing Sedentary Behavior in the Workplace
    • 2013 National, State, and Local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

June 2014

  • June 30, 2014
    • Prevalence of U.S. Food Insecurity is Related to Changes in Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food
    • Free summer lunch programs go where children play, live
    • Budget Busting U.S. Obesity Costs Climb Past $300 Billion a Year
    • Poor neighborhoods more to blame than poor parents for childhood obesity
    • California State Budget to Bring Big Changes for CalFresh!
  • June 23, 2014
    • Support for Healthy Meals Standards Continue to Grow
    • Farmers markets reaching more consumers who get nutritional benefits
  • June 16, 2014
    • Summer bummer: When school's out, kids put on pounds
    • CDC report says 29 million Americans have diabetes
    • USDA summer meal program begins as participation jumps
  • June 9, 2014
    • Summer Food Participation Grows Across Nation Momentum Signals Progress and Outlines Path for Continued Growth
    • Changes to Food Stamp Programs Could Improve Recipients' Health
    • Valley schools get hydrating stations
    • FDA's Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign Empowers 'Tweens' to Make Healthy Food Choices
    • Watercress tops list of 'powerhouse fruits and vegetables.' Who knew?
    • Summer program will provide 4.5-million free meals to L.A. students
  • June 2, 2014
    • USDA Launches New Resources at ChooseMyPlate.gov to Help Cost-Conscious Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices
    • USDA Announces School Meal Flexibility for Upcoming School Year
    • More than Half of States Have Head Start on Federal "Smart Snacks in School" Nutrition Standards
    • Weight of the world: 2.1 billion people obese or overweight
    • High School Gym Classes Get a 21st -Century Makeover
    • Kids' Snacking Gets Less Nutritious as They Age
    • Gallup poll: Self-reported obesity rates higher

 

May 2014

  • May 27, 2014
    • Cheaper Food May Be Fueling U.S. Obesity Epidemic
    • New $2.5- million grant will help poor buy fresh, locally grown produce
    • Study Examines Water Access in California Schools
    • Obesity Outweighed Genetics as Diabetes Risk
  • May 19, 2014
    • Healthy Vegetables Undermined by the Company They Keep
    • Severe childhood obesity on the rise in U.S., study shows
    • Not all schools provide drinking water, study says
    • Health promotion efforts in school really do improve health
  • May 12, 2014
    • One in 12 Older Americans Struggles to Afford Food: Study
    • Diabetes rates skyrocket in kids and teens
    • National Physical Activity Plan Alliance/ American College of Sports Medicine Release First-Ever Report Card Evaluating Physical Activity of America's Children and Youth
  • May 5, 2014
    • Market Match program encourages EBT spending at farmers markets
    • Recent Research on Food Security and its Connection to Health and Well-Being
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation and child food security
    • Do high food prices increase food insecurity in the United States?
    • U.S. Department of Education Awards More than $33 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-based Organizations to Develop Physical Education and Nutrition Programs
    • Report Card: US Kids Still Need More Exercise

 

April 2014

  • April 28, 2014
    • How To Keep Kids Eating Healthy In The Summer: USDA Partners with Department of Education to Provide Free Meals
    • USDA Grants Help Schools Serve Healthier Lunches
    • USDA Economic Research Service (ERS): California Drought 2014: Food Prices and Consumers
    • Bikers, walkers make for healthier cities, report finds
    • The case of the chocolate milk ban
    • Effects of a school breakfast policy initiative being studied
    • White House chef joins Johnson, Waters from farm-to-fork forum
    • How to Reinvent the School Lunch and Get Kids to Eat Better
    • More college students battle hunger as education and living costs rise
  • April 21, 2014
    • USDA Awards Grants for Nutrition Education Programs in Tribal Communities
    • USDA Awards Grants for New School Food Service Equipment to Help Schools Dish Up Healthy Meals
    • Parents Feel Limited in Ability to Prevent Child Obesity
    • Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High
    • Hunger is a 'silent crisis' in the USA
  • April 14, 2014
    • MyPlate on Rutgers Campus
    • Where Do Kids Eat When School is out in Summer? FNS Partners with the Department of Education to Find Solutions
    • U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased since 1999: study
    • Price tag for childhood obesity: $19,000 per kid
    • America's thinnest (and fattest) cities
    • School Garden Programs are on the Rise in US Public Elementary Schools, but are Less common in Schools with Economically Disadvantages Student Populations
    • Elementary schools increasingly offering walking and biking programs
    • Free Drinking Water Available to Most U.S. Kids at School Lunch
  • April 7, 2014
    • How Healthy Is Your County? (California's Healthiest is Marin)
    • Good News about Early Childhood Obesity Rates
    • States Need Updated School Kitchen Equipment

 

March 2014

  • March 31, 2014
    • Secretary's Column: Serving Up Healthy Food and a Healthier Next Generation
    • USDA Supports Schools in Implementing Updated Nutrition Standards
    • County Rankings Highlight Child Poverty and Health Disparities
    • Michelle Obama encourages healthier home cooking
    • S.F. schools give students second chance at breakfast
  • March 24, 2014
    • Farmers Market Incentive Provider Study, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
    • USDA, Partners Work to Expand SNAP Access at Farmers Markets
    • ERS' Food Environment Atlas Maps the Interplay of Farmers' Markets and SNAP
    • Produce Safety University: Supporting a Healthier Next Generation through School food Safety!
    • USDA Demonstration Projects Will Provide Funding to Fight Hunger, Nourish Families
    • USDA Announces Funds to Improve SNAP Employment and Training Programs
    • Who uses food stamps? Millions of kids, that's who
    • Keeping kids healthy: Yolo County organizations working to lower childhood obesity rates
    • Healthy, Happy Families Evaluation: Integrating Parent Education into Child Obesity Prevention with Low-income Parents of Young Children
    • What America Can Teach the World About Defeating Obesity
    • Schools across the county offering universal free lunch
    • It's True, We're Buying More Fresh Food
    • Wold Water Day, March 22, 2014
    • USDA Helps Farmers Make Creative Connection with Students
  • March 17, 2014
    • Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Future
    • U.S. Childhood Obesity Rates Fall 40% in Decade
    • Less Eating Out, Improved Diets, and More Family Meals in the Wake of the Great Recession
    • Family Farming in the United States
    • Expanding Healthy, American-Produced Food Offerings to Our Schools - USDA's Pilot Program for Greek-Style Yogurt
    • USDA Awards Grants to Develop Obesity Prevention Programs
    • Building a Healthy Future Through Partnership
    • USDA Announces Support for Smarter Lunchrooms
  • March 10, 2014
    • Food stamp program may reduce food insecurity for children
    • USDA Celebrates National Nutrition Month and Highlights Efforts to Promote a #HealthierNextGen
    • Don't Pressure Preschoolers to Overeat, Expert Says
    • New Obesity Weapon: Kids Teaching Kids
    • Gallup ranks states for obesity in 2013
    • Rising Fresh Produce Prices Tied to Higher Risk of Child Obesity
    • Cleaner Plate Club: Kids Eat More Fruits, Veggies at School
    • Some kids eat more veggies with new school lunch rules
  • March 4, 2014
    • MyPlate Celebrates the 4th Anniversary of Let's Move
    • The White House and USDA Announce School Wellness Standards
    • Enhanced School Wellness Environment Make the Smart Choice the Easy Choice for a Healthier Next Generation
    • Students' Health Habits Tied to School Success
    • Obesity Drops Among Young Children in U.S., Report Says
    • First Lady Announces After-School Initiative
    • Proposed food labels stress calories, sugar, portions
    • Assembly bill would create state's "Office of Farm to Fork"

 

February 2014

  • February 24, 2014
    • Jennifer LeBarre leads the way in Oakland's school lunch progress
    • Intervention improved weight loss, maintenance in adolescents
    • Picturing hunger in America
  • February 18, 2014
    • New Resource Helps Farmers Market Accept SNAP Benefits
    • USDA's Food Assistance Programs: Legacies of the War on Poverty
    • Moms take on childhood obesity
    • Class at Arroyo Grande High helps students get fit, eat healthy
    • Food Insecurity and SNAP (Food Stamps) Participation in LGBT Communities
    • It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle to Refresh A Food Desert
    • Kids Who Play Sports Made Healthy Food Choices
    • Contradictory Nutrition News Creates Consumer Confusion
    • Passing bowls family-style teaches day-care kids to respond to hunger cues, fights obesity
  • February 10, 2014
    • School district fights waste in lunch rooms
    • Americans need to eat more whole grains, study suggests
    • Flavor-pairing may teach kids to like vegetables
    • 'Fat? Not my child.' Parents don't see kids as heavy
    • Obesity is Found to Gain Its Hold in Earliest Years
    • Salud America! launches website to combat Latino youth obesity
  • February 3, 2014
    • Secretary's Column: The Building Block for a Healthier America
    • USDA Proposes Professional Standards in National School Lunch, Breakfast Programs; Announces New Progress in Implementing Meal Standards
    • The New Face of Food Stamps: Working-Age Americans
    • New Data: Many California Kids Drink Sugary Beverages Daily, Eat Fast Food Weekly
    • Lower Obesity Rates Due to Better Diets, Not Economy: Study
    • In wealthy Orange County, a campaign to waste less to help feed hungry kids

 

January 2014

  • January 27, 2014
    • Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth The Mess
    • More Low-Income Children Starting the Day with School Breakfast, Finds FRAC Report
    • Muppets mini-makeover aims to boost kids' health
    • Eating Well on $4.40 a Day
    • Wheat Outlook: January 2014
  • January 21, 2014
    • American Adults are Choosing Healthier Foods, Consuming Healthier Diets
    • Americans' Eating Habits Take a Healthier Turn, Study Finds
    • Dietary Fiber Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Risk
    • Study Spots Growing Disparity in U.S. Teen Obesity Problem
  • January 13, 2014
    • USDA Releases Results from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Evaluation Study (Wave II)
    • USDA Makes Permanent Meat and Grain Serving Flexibilities in National school Lunch Program
    • San Diego Farmers Market Fresh Fund Incentive Program Increases SNAP Redemptions at Farmers Markets
    • Social Media and Nutrition Education: The Food Hero Experience
    • Obesity levels off, but extreme cases tipping the scales
    • Emphasizing Environmental Causes of Obesity is Motivating
    • Labeling Food With 'Stop' or 'Go' Colors Might Spur Healthier Diet
    • Nutrition Report Cards Help Kids Make Healthier School Lunch Choices
    • Garden educators honored by Mt. Diablo school district for volunteerism
    • Impacting Dietary Behaviors of Children from Low Income Communities: An Evaluation of a Theory-Based Nutrition Education Program
    • California Publishes Research Brief on Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Low-Income Families
    • SNAP programs at farmers markets improve fruit and vegetable consumption, study finds
    • Just 1 in 4 Teens Get Enough Exercise: Report