Unpacking Packaged Foods: Understanding The New Nutrition Labels

August 1st, 2016 by

Background On May 20, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new federal guidelines for nutrition labeling, announced by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit. The new content requirements for the labels marked the first significant update since this nutrition information wasrequired by law in 1990. The updated labels were enacted as part of the Federal government’s response to ... more >

Keeping Hunger Away While School’s Out: The Importance of Summer Food Programs for Kids

July 20th, 2016 by

Many children enthusiastically associate summer vacation with the end of classes and homework for the year, but for some of the 22 million children who depend on schools for free or reduced-priced meals, an essential ingredient of their life is noticeably absent: a steady source of food and nutrition. Children obtain 50% of their calories from food eaten at school. However, during summer vacation, with ... more >

Whole Grains: An Important Ingredient for Health and Longevity

June 29th, 2016 by

A recent study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that people who consume more whole grains have lower mortality rates. As compared to refined grains which are stripped of nutrients through the milling process, whole grains contain the whole grain kernel. The kernel, that contains bran and fiber, helps maintain steady blood glucose levels. Fiber also helps lower cholesterol, prevents blood clots, ... more >

Mobile Solutions to Improve Nutrition in Food Deserts

June 15th, 2016 by

The term ‘food desert’ refers to areas where residents lack adequate access to affordable and nutritious food products and beverages due to distance and/or lack of access to transportation in communities. In order to increase access to healthy food choices for SNAP recipients, there has been a recent trend in utilizing mobile programs. These mobile programs innovate the way in which SNAP recipients can access ... more >

Food Marketing: A Double-Edged Sword for Combatting Obesity in America

June 10th, 2016 by

A recent study published in Pediatrics entitled Popular Music Endorsements in Food and Nonalcoholic Beverage Marketing reveals disturbing trends in food marketing using celebrities that have important implications for addressing childhood obesity and food insecurity in America. Using a U.S. advertising industry database to examine all celebrity food product endorsements between 2000 and 2014, the authors of the study identified 65 music celebrities including Beyoncé ... more >

Guide to Improve Food Options at Corner Stores Published by USDA

June 10th, 2016 by

The USDA recently published the Healthy Corner Stores Guide to improve access to healthy foods for residents of low-income neighborhoods, including SNAP recipients. Corner stores, also known as convenience stores or bodegas, often serve as the main source of food for families that cannot purchase fresh produce and other healthy items nearby. The guide provides information, strategies, and resources for organizations that seek to increase ... more >

Menu for Healthy Eating: New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

January 19th, 2016 by

On January 7, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the eighth edition (2015-2020) of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provides science-based recommendations on nutrition information for individuals, ages 2 years and older. The guidelines will inform national nutrition policy and influence the diets of millions of individuals and their families. The guidelines ... more >

How far does a SNAP dollar go?

August 14th, 2015 by

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a $76 billion dollar safety net program serving 46 million low income Americans including those who are temporarily unemployed, seniors, the disabled, and the homeless. For the fiscal year 2015, the average monthly SNAP benefit per person was $127.42 and per household was $259.28. With 31 days per month on average, this amounts to $4.11 per person per ... more >

America: More Obese than Overweight

July 6th, 2015 by

(Written in Collaboration with Cathy Ren) America has reached a new milestone in the obesity epidemic. In a recently released report, 67.6 million Americans over the age of 25 were obese and 65.2 million were overweight in 2012. This means that for the first time in history, there are more obese than overweight Americans, a very disturbing and health-damaging trend. Overweight individuals have a higher risk ... more >

March is National Nutrition Month

March 1st, 2015 by

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a valuable and credible source of timely, science-based food and nutrition information. Their yearly campaign highlights the importance of "making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits". The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recently posted ... more >

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