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Weekly Updates 2015

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December 2015

  • December 18, 2015
    • Schools Vary—And That Means Meal Costs Vary Too
    • Chewing slowly helps prevent excessive weight gain in children
    • Canned fruit, vegetables linked to better diet
    • Locations of Physical Activity as Assessed by GPS in Young Adolescents
    • Kids eat more veggies when salad bar is in lunch line
  • December 14, 2015
    • FACT SHEET: Council of Economic Advisers Releases Report Highlighting New Research on SNAP's Effectiveness and the Importance of Adequate Food Assistance
    • Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2011-2014
    • Availability of Healthy Food Products at Check-out Nationwide, 2010-2012
    • Many Community-College Students Struggle to Afford Food or Shelter, Study Finds
  • December 7, 2015
    • New Diabetes Cases, at Long Last, Begin to Fall in the United States

 

November 2015

  • November 30, 2015
    • USDA Awards $2 Million for Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Research
    • Feeding a passion for education: Millbrae lunch program focuses on fresh, quality ingredients
    • Exercise Can Reduce Heart Failure Risk, No Matter Your Age
  • November 23, 2015
    • USDA Helps Schools Connect with Local Farmers and Ranchers
    • Study provides strongest evidence yet of a link between breakfast quality and educational outcomes
    • Only 4 percent of Americans are eating enough vegetables
    • Unexpected Hunger May Explain Kids’ Behavioral Problems
  • November 16, 2015
    • ERS Report: economies of Scale, the Lunch-Breakfast Ratio, and the Cost of USDA School Breakfasts and Lunches
    • Farm to School at USDA, 2012-2015: Four Years in Review
    • Adult Obesity Still Growing in U.S., Youth Rates Hold Steady: CDC
    • Placer County Gets Fresh
    • Principals Survey Finds Breakfast After the Bell Makes the Grade in Secondary Schools
    • ‘Walkable’ Neighborhoods Boost Heart Health, Studies Find
    • Home Cooking May Help Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay
  • November 9, 2015
    • USDA’s Regional Nutrition Education Centers for Excellence National Coordination Center Points the Way to Good Nutrition for Low-Income Americans
    • Weight, Exercise May Affect Children’s Thinking Skills
    • Junk Food Not to Blame for America’s Obesity Epidemic: Study
  • November 2, 2015
    • Tulare’s Earlimart School District Leverages Kitchen Facilities to Address Food Insecurity
    • Commemorating 20 years of U.S. Food Security Measurement
    • Secretary Vilsack Announces Additional Progress in Addressing Childhood Hunger, Applauds Pediatricians for their Commitment
    • Food pantries for hungry students spread at California colleges
    • USDA to Establish First-Ever SNAP Employment & Training Center of Excellence
    • When it comes to children’s ability to think, weight and activity level both matter, study finds
    • Understanding the Connections: Food Insecurity and Obesity
    • Dietary quality of Americans by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation status: a systematic review
    • Lifting California’s Kids Out of Poverty
    • Pilot program discounts fruits, veggies for CalFresh recipients
    • Foods and beverages offered in US public secondary schools through the National School Lunch Program from 2011-2013: early evidence of improved nutrition and reduced disparities
    • Promoting Food Security for All Children
    • Policy Changes for Healthier Early Child Care and Afterschool Programs


October 2015

  • October 26, 2015
    • New USDA Data Show Growing Farm to School Efforts Help to Reduce Plate Waste, Increase Student Participation in Healthier School Meals Program
    • Announcement of SNAP Farmers Market and Local Foods Grantees
    • Early Results from USDA’s Farm to School Census are In!
    • Fact Sheet: USDA Invests in New Market Opportunities in Local and Regional Food Systems
  • October 19, 2015
    • Presidential Proclamation—National School Lunch Week, 2015
    • Celebrate National School Lunch Week 2015
    • A Look at What’s Driving Lower Purchases of School Lunches
    • During National Farm to School Month, USDA Celebrates Grantees’ Accomplishments and a New Office
    • Online Storybook Highlights YMCA Impact on Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
    • USDA gives $560,000 to boost access to Sacramento-area farmers markets
    • Chefs compete, create healthy ‘corner store’ dishes
    • Designing the Healthy Communities Study
    • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2014 data now available
    • SNAP Incentives: A Win for Rural Communities
  • October 12, 2015
    • USDA Seeks Applications for $16.8 Million in Grants to Empower SNAP Participants to Make Healthy Eating Choices
    • Lost Dollars, Empty Plates: The Impact of CalFresh on State and Local Economies
    • Global walk-to-school day promotes fitness
    • Early Intervention Improves Preschoolers’ Heart Healthy Habits
    • For Teens, Late Bedtime May Lead to Weight Gain
    • Chelsea Clinton, Jillian Michaels and Leading Health Advocates Honor the Nation’s Healthiest Schools, Companies and Community Organizations
  • October 5, 2015
    • USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities' Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables
    • Research Shows that Farm to School Works!
    • Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities
    • Study finds inadequate hydration among U.S. children

 

September 2015

  • September 28, 2015
    • NIFA-Funded Obesity Prevention Project Sparks Community-wide Health Changes
    • USDA, California Department of Agriculture and Oakland Athletics Partner to Promote Food Safety Education Month
    • Southern California Sees Decline in Obese, Overweight Children
    • New Report Finds 23 of 25 States with Highest Rates of Obesity are in the South and Midwest
    • Potatoes, Tomatoes Make Up Bulk of Americans' Veggie Intake
    • Adult Obesity Rate Tops 30 Percent in Half of States
  • September 21, 2015
    • Kids consume 12% of their calories from fast food, study shows
    • USDA Awards Grants to Improve SNAP Processing, Technology
    • Following Dietary Guidance Need Not Cost More - But Many Americans Would Need to Re-Allocate Their Food Budgets
    • New Report Summarizes 3 Years of Farm to School Grantmaking!
    • Despite fall in hunger, obesity and diabetes worsen around the globe: report
    • NLC Joins First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to Celebrate Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
    • Amount of Time to Eat Lunch is Associated with Children's Selection and Consumption of School Meat Entree, Fruits, Vegetables, and Milk
  • September 14, 2015
    • Presidential Proclamation - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2015
    • USDA Awards $8 Million to Support Healthier Foods in Schools and Child Care Centers
    • Creating places that promote physical activity: Perceiving is believing
    • Food Insecurity in U.S. Households Essentially Unchanged from 2013, but Down from 2011 High
    • FNV Launches New Ads Urging Celebrities and Athletes to #SellMeFNV
    • New Report Shows Farm to School Grants Have Increased Likelihood that 6.9 Million Kids Will Eat More Healthy Food at School, Created New Local Market Opportunities for Farmers
    • Food and Nutrition Extension Programs: Next Generation Evaluation
  • September 8, 2015
    • Number of U.S. Families Struggling to Afford Food Drops to Pre-Recession Levels: Report
    • "Fuel Up to Play 60" Has Game Plan to Supercharge School Fitness and Nutrition
    • School Breakfast Program Provides Increasing Number of Meals
    • America's schools make positive changes to create healthier school meals
    • Healthy workplace tied to fewer obese young workers
    • Exercise Best Bet Against Diabetes for College Graduates
    • Prevalence of Obesity Among Children and Adolescents in the United States and Canada

 

August 2015

  • August 24, 2015
    • USDA Continues to Support and Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals Heading into the 2015 School Year
    • Back to School, Back to Healthier School Meals
    • Community Eligibility: A Win-Win for Schools and Families in the Fight against Childhood Hunger
    • More Americans support farm-to-school programs, report says
    • Spotlight on Summer: local food meets SNAP-Ed in Calistoga, CA
    • School Food Workers Need More Training, Resources, Survey Finds
  • August 17, 2015
    • Most U.S. Households Do Their Main Grocery Shopping at Supermarkets and Supercenters Regardless of Income
    • First lady's healthy kids director understands good eating
    • Americans are cutting calories, but far from eating healthy
    • New report offers insight from 49 community partnerships tackling childhood obesity
    • Survey reveals trends in global consumption of sugary beverages, fruit juices and milk
    • More secondary schools serve healthier lunches
  • August 10, 2015
    • Farmers Markets and SNAP—A Win-Win for All
    • Secretary Vilsack and USDA and New Mexico Officials Launch National Farmers Market Week
    • Building a Better Future for our Children
    • Celebrating National Farmers Market Week with the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program
    • Assessing Child Obesity and Physical Activity in a Hard-to-Reach Population in California’s Central Valley, 2012-2013
    • Bonus Bucks program to fight Yolo County food insecurity
    • Obese Kids a Universal Target for Bullies
    • Majority of Americans Say They Try to Avoid Drinking Soda
  • August 3, 2015
    • Americans Are Finally Eating Less
    • School Lunches Healthier at U.S. Secondary Schools Following National Standards, Study Finds
    • The relationship between dietary patterns, body mass index percentile, and household food security in young urban children
    • Stand, Don't Sit, to Get Healthier, Researchers Say
    • Changes in socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and sex disparities in childhood obesity at school entry in the United States
    • Increasing child fruit and vegetable intake: findings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

 

    July 2015

    • July 27, 2015
      • Kids' "State Dinner": Celebrating Healthy Cooking at the White House
      • NIH Body Weight Planner Added to USDA SuperTracker Food and Activity Tool
      • Muscle Strength Fades After Just Two Weeks of Inactivity
      • Many Eligible Children Don't Participate in School Nutrition Programs
      • Obesity-Related Behaviors Increase When School Is Out
      • Obesity Prevention and Treatment in School-Aged Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults - Where Do We Go From Here?
      • From seeds to student lunches
    • July 20, 2015
      • USDA Proposes New Ways to Help meet Nutrition Needs of Low-Income, Homebound Seniors and People with Disabilities
      • Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 2-8 National Farmers Market Week
      • Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty
      • Fat Stigma Fuels Weight Bullying
      • UCLA physical fitness school program: a success story
    • July 13, 2015
      • Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC
      • Only 1 in 10 Americans Eats Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC
      • Doctors: Childhood obesity prevention must start sooner
      • Healthy beverage index developed by nutrition experts
      • Fitness apps data reveals American workout habits, most active states
    • July 6, 2015
      • New CFPA Publication: Program Access Index, Measuring CalFresh Utilization by County
      • SNAP Benefit Redemptions through Farmers and Farmers Markets Show Sharp Increase
      • USDA Proposes Healthier Fare for Child, Adult Day Cares
      • Obama Administration Assists Communities in Building Local Food Systems to Foster Economic Growth
      • Physical Education Professionals Play a Key Role in Promoting Physical Activity in U.S. Elementary Schools
      • SCHOOLS: Assuring nutrition needs are met in summer
      • U.S. households trash $640 in food a year
      • Few people heading toward diabetes know it
      • Bill Clinton: How we can fight childhood obesity
      • Surging Food Supply Linked to Global Obesity Epidemic

    June 2015

    • June 29, 2015
      • Adaptation of a Culturally Relevant Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Low-Income, Mexican-Origin Parents With Young Children
      • Super-sized: One-quarter of California adults are obese
      • SNAP Benefit Redemptions through Farers and Farmers Markets Show Sharp Increase
      • Nearly half of Hispanics with high cholesterol don’t realize it
      • Food Inventories Document Behavior Change in Hispanic Women
      • Serving More Summer Meals in Rural and Tribal Areas
      • More Than Two-Thirds of U.S. Adults Now Overweight or Obese: Study
      • Cost Effectiveness of Childhood Obesity Interventions: Evidence and Methods for CHOICES
      • FNS Requests Feedback to Strengthen Program Integrity, Improve Technology
      • “Do” is Better than “Don’t” When it Comes to Eating Better
      • Low-fat milk is scarce in poor neighborhoods
      • June 22, 2015
        • USDA Awards Grants to Tribal Nations for Nutrition Education Programs
        • Just In: Check Out MyPlate Video Search Results
        • Cross-Sector Responses to Obesity: Models for Change: Workshop Summary
        • "FNV" Launches New Marketing Campaign
      • June 15, 2015
        • Food Inventories Document Behavior Change in Hispanic Women Participating in SNAP Nutrition Education Classes: A Pilot Study
        • Federal Support for Nutrition Research Trends Upward as USDA Share Declines
        • Effect of the Healthy Schools Program on Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in California Schools, 2006-2012
        • U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day
        • The Results Are In: Judging the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
        • How Many Steps a Day Should You Really Walk?
        • Does Summertime Weight Gain Undermine Youth Obesity Prevention Efforts?
        • Kids are eating junk food before they reach their second birthday, says USDA researcher
        • What it really means to rely on food stamps and welfare
      • June 8, 2015
        • Improvements in School Lunches Result in Healthier Options for Millions of U.S. Children
        • Improving the Assessment of SNAP Targeting Using Administrative Records
        • Study: Nearly third of teens changed health habits based on online search
      • June 1, 2015
        • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Joins Community Partners to Expand Access to Summer Meals for Children
        • Summer Meal Programs Offer Nutrition, Combat Hunger for America's Children and Teens
        • The psychological of getting kids (and spouses) to eat better
        • U.S. Obesity Rate: Gallup Poll Reveals Skinniest and Fattest States, Based on BMI
        • How to head off kids' summer weight gain

       

      May 2015

      • May 26, 2015
        • Economic Burden of Major Foodborne Illnesses Acquired in the United States, A USDA ERS Report
        • Study: School Food Policies Paying Off
        • Running for Office? Washington DC is the Fittest US City
        • Obesity disparity grew among U.S. kindergarteners
        • Preschool kids starved for exercise
        • Impact of Safe Routes to School programs on walking and biking
        • If Victor Cruz Tells Us to Eat Our Veggies, Will Kids Listen?
      • May 18, 2015
        • UC CalFresh has Article Published in JNEB
        • American inactivity level is highest since 2007, survey finds
        • How do race and ethnicity influence childhood obesity?
        • 2-Minute Walk Every Hour May Help Offset Effects of Sitting
      • May 11, 2015
        • Could An Unsafe School Environment Increase The Risk of Childhood Obesity?
        • Statement from Secretary Vilsack on New Data Showing the Vast Majority of Schools Now Meet the Updated Meals Standards
        • Food Stamp Recipients More Likely To Be Obese, Study Finds
        • 3 Steps May Boost Healthier Eating
        • Grocery lists may help shoppers stick to healthier diet, lower weight
        • California School Lunch Policies Improve Childhood Obesity Trends, But Impact Depends on Neighborhood
        • Fruits and Veggies Now Chock Full of Marketing Power
      • May 4, 2015
        • Secretary Vilsack Kicks off USDA Farmers Market for 20th Season
        • The Effectiveness of SNAP: The Latest Research on Participant Characteristics and Program Impacts
        • Improvements in School Lunches Result in Healthier Options for Millions of U.S. Children: Results from Elementary Schools between 2006-07 and 2013-14
        • Just 1 Hour of Daily TV Boosts Kids' Obesity Risk, Study Suggests
        • Healthy Food Samples Prime Shoppers To Buy More Fruits and Vegetables
        • Californians with the Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting

       

      April 2015

      • April 27, 2015
        • Michelle Obama launches interactive "Let's Move" map
        • An overlooked factor in childhood obesity: Parents can't recognize their child's weight problems
        • Report examines physical activity, healthy eating in afterschool programs
        • Things to Know: More Schools Offer Breakfast in Classroom
        • Nearly 300,000 Homeless Students in California, and Percentages Continue to Rise
        • Surgeon general wants to focus USA's attention on preventing disease
      • April 20, 2015
        • Painting a More Complete Picture of WIC: How WIC Impacts Nonparticipants
        • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims April 2015 National Garden Month
        • How MyPlate Inspired One California Student to Make a Difference on her College Campus
        • New Release of Map the Meal Gap 2015
        • What happened to lunch? New study shows skipping lunch common in children
        • Preventing Obesity One Exergame at a Time
        • Getting Students to Eat Vegetables Is Surprisingly Simple
      • April 13, 2015
        • USDA wants low-income seniors to use their food stamps for fruits and veggies
        • How Hungry is America?
        • Fruits and vegetables lacking in packed lunches
        • Many U.S. Shoppers Choose Low-Salt Fare
        • Benefits of Exercise Outweigh Dieting in Aging Adults Managing Their Weight
        • Schools becoming the 'last frontier' for hungry kids
        • Cal State Chico studying mindful eating intervention
        • EDUCATION: Schools eye breakfast in classrooms
        • EFNEP: Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Families
      • Food Resource Management Education with SNAP Participation Improves Food Security
      • Where Do Americans Usually Shop for Food and How Do They Travel To Get There? Initial Findings from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey
      • USDA Awards $31 Million in Grants to Help SNAP Participants Afford Healthy Foods
      • USDA Awards 36 Food Safety Grants, Including $6.7 Million for Antimicrobial Resistance, to Protect Consumers
      • USDA Names Courtyard in Washington, DC in Honor of Cesar Chavez
      • Free School Breakfasts Appear to Boost Kids' Grades
      • Kids' fast food consumption on the decline
      • More Children Benefiting from Better Nutrition Standards

      March 2015

      • USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) The Food Assistance Landscape, FY 2014 Annual Report
      • FoodAPS National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey
      • USDA Announces Grants for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs
      • USDA Team Nutrition Grants Promote Healthier Meals for Our Nation's Schoolchildren
      • Health snapshots for nearly every county in all 50 states
      • Clever produce snacks can turn a school bake sale into an UnBake Sale
      • How to be Healthy: Neighborhoods Built for Fitness Encourage Well-being Cleaner Diets
      • USDA Awards $200 Million for Skills Training to Help SNAP Recipients Get Good Jobs
      • State-run nutrition programs linked to better eating habits in all ages
      • Special Issue: Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project
        • Restricting Sugar-Sweetened Beverages From SNAP Purchases Not Likely To Lower Consumption
        • USDA Announces Nationwide Expansion of Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative
        • USDA Awards Grants to Support Schools Serving Healthier Meals and Snacks
        • Reach of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Interventions and Nutrition and Physical Activity-Related Outcomes
        • The astonishing state-by-state rise in food stamp reliance
        • Students Eat More Fruit and Throw Away Less Food With New Healthier School Lunches
                • March 9, 2015
                  • National Nutrition Month: Raising a Healthier Generation through Diet, Education
                  • USDA Launches Initiative to Develop New Solutions to End Child Hunger
                  • Hunger in Our Schools: Breakfast is a Crucial "School Supply" For Kids in Need
                  • USDA Sets Goal of Serving 200 Million Summer Meals, Observes Program's 40th Anniversary
                  • Chart: How childhood obesity has swept the world in less than a generation
                  • Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?
                  • Anther Study Shows Kids Eating More Healthy Food at School, Throwing Less Food Away
                  • Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push
                  • Good Supermarkets in Poor Areas May Not Prompt Better Eating
                  • Calorie Counting, Stigma Prevent Kids And Teens From Picking Healthy Foods To Eat
                  • Kids May Be More Likely to Exercise When Friends Do
                • March 2, 2015
                  • News Guide: Eating right still at core of dietary guidelines
                  • Rethinking Nutrition Education and Evaluation - Facing New Realities
                  • More frequent meals linked to healthier eating

                   

                  February 2015

                  • Reaching Those in Need: Estimates of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in 2012
                  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Report
                  • Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance
                  • Diets around the world are getting worse, not better
                  • New Regulations Will Inform Consumers About Calories in Restaurant Foods
                  • With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
                  • State and National School Snack Policies
                  • Fast-food consumption linked to lower test score gains in 8th graders
                  • Passive Commuting and Dietary Intake in Fourth and Fifth Grade Students
                  • USDA Supports California's Efforts to Improve the Nutrition and Health of Low-Income Pregnant Women, New Mothers, Infants, and Young Children; Lifts Ban on Stores
                  • Fun, Friendly Website Helps Teens Eat More Veggies
                  • Interactive: How Americans Get to Work
                  • Many More Low-Income Children Starting the Day with School Breakfast, Find New Reports from the Food Research and Action Center
                  • Salud America! awarded $1.3 million to fight Latino childhood obesity
                  • Weight Loss or Not, Exercise Yields Benefits
                  • NCCOR publishes white paper to complement Healthy Eating Index photo series
                  • Census: 1 in 5 Children on Food Stamps
                  • UC launches UC Food Observer Blog
                  • Nutrition by the Numbers: Breakfast, Fast Food, Sugary Drinks, Fruits and Veggies
                  • Michelle Obama Announces Funding to Fight Childhood Obesity
                  • City, nonprofits try to reduce hunger among aging residents
                  • Healthy Kids Out of School: Using Mixed Methods to Develop Principles for Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out-of-School Settings in the United States
                  • Food $ense of Utah
                  • U.S. Obesity Rate Inches Up to 27.7% in 2014
                  • Most Americans Have Access to 'Exercise Opportunities,' Study Finds
                  • Menu Calorie Counts May Mean Less Fattening Meals for Kids
                  • Pass the Peas, Please: The Benefits of Family-Style Meals
                  • Summer Nutrition Insights: 2014 National Summer Meals Sponsor Survey Findings

                   

                    January 2015

                    • Study: Updated Nutrition Standards Not Cause of Declining School Lunch Participation Rates
                    • The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California featured in CSNA Poppy Seed Magazine, 2015 Winter Edition
                    • The most effective health messages
                    • Walking Groups: Easy Steps to Better Health
                    • Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved
                    • Younger folks want healthier food - and will pay for it
                          • 7 States With the Most People on Food Stamps
                          • Food Stamps Enrollment Expected To Drop By 1 Million Next Year
                          • New Let's Move! Executive Director Announced
                          • Bridging the Gap Examines School-Based Obesity Prevention Policies
                          • Most kids don't eat three meals a day
                          • Study: Lunch after recess prompts kids to eat more fruits, veggies
                          • New FRAC Report Explores Extent of and Causes of Participation Shifts in School Lunch
                          • Obesity could take eight years off your life
                          • Changes in Body Mass Index Associated With Head Start Participation
                                  • Initial Launch of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Training Program
                                    • SCHOOLS: What's for lunch? More often, it's fresh and California-grown
                                    • Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families
                                    • Schools Need to Prioritize Addressing Obesity in 2015
                                    • Healthy Meals? They're In The Can!
                                    • U.S. tops ranking of world's heaviest populations
                                    • Sleep habits linked to eating habits, clinician says
                                    • Most insidious diet breaker: snacks at your desk
                                    • Another Bite at the Apple: How SNAP Is Making Us a Healthier Nation
                                    • Why Cafeteria Food is the Best
                                    • High TV usage linked to increased junk food consumption