A collection of expert commentaries about the impact of policies and programs, interviews with researchers about data releases, and stories of communities taking action to help children grow up healthy and at a healthy weight.
Matthew Myers and Kelly Brownell discuss how marketing tactics for sugary drink ads and tobacco ads have the same strategy. Target kids and get them hooked.
Working towards a healthier planet and healthier kids means addressing obesity, hunger, and climate change. They are all connected.
Detroit is working towards ending food insecurity, especially for the Black community, starting with adjusting food production and sales.
Mexican states are working to protect children's rights, by limiting donations, sales, or supplies of sugary drinks, soda, chips, and candy to children
The “Bountiful Backpacks” program on the Rosebud Indian Reservation is a smart, scalable approach to combating child poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
In recognition of Water Quality Month, we spoke with two experts on the importance of water quality and access to clean water in the U.S.
In North Sacramento, California, the Natomas Unified School District has served more than a million meals since the pandemic started--in great part due to USDA-issued COVID-19 waivers that allowed the district the flexibility to serve more meals to more kids.
Burke County Public Schools in Waynesboro, Georgia is committed to combatting food insecurity during the summer months by feeding kids healthy meals when school is not in session.
Nearly a quarter of Baltimore’s young residents struggle with food insecurity. Since the pandemic started, Baltimore City Public Schools have made it their mission to ensure that local families across the city never have to worry about a lapse in access to food.
Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, discuss SNAP, and the country's plan to improve food access for the future.
We spoke with the lead authors of a new report "Big Food, Big Tech, and the Global Childhood Obesity Pandemic" about how food and beverage companies have seized on the pandemic as an opportunity to promote their unhealthy products to children and teens.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented increases in unemployment and hunger, underscoring how vital the WIC program is for families and provides various supports to mothers and their children. Hear from families how WIC gave them relief during uncertain times.
School meals are a lifeline to tens of millions of families across the country. Learn about new research on how healthy meals benefit kids—and why school meal programs must be supported, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seattle's sugary drink tax helps expand programming that increases access to healthy food and supports early youth health. Tilth Alliance is one of the many non-profit and community-based organizations that receives funding through the City of Seattle and sugary drink tax revenue.
COVID-19, and the economic consequences of the pandemic, may be increasing the risk for childhood obesity. Experts speak about how COVID-19 might influence childhood obesity rates in the future.
Nearly one in five young people in the United States has obesity. Data from the 2017-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows the drastic differences in child obesity rates across age, gender, and racial and ethnic groups.
Native American children suffer from high rates of obesity which puts them at greater risk for severe consequences from COVID-19. A study found that nutrition-focused home-visiting intervention programs have an impact on infant's health and decreases risk of early childhood obesity.
When COVID-19 hit, these school nutrition professionals showed up strong to help provide healthy foods to children and families. Read their inspirational stories.
Taking on the beverage industry’s marketing of sugary drinks to kids is one of Xavier’ Morales' passions. Learn more about his work to help communities create policies that prioritize health and equity.
Brian Dittmeier and Georgia Machell of the National WIC Association explain how WIC is adapting in response to the COVID-19 crisis and changes that are needed going forward.
The city of Berkeley, CA, uses revenue collected by a tax on sugary drinks to fund programs that teach children and families healthy habits and the health harms of consuming sugary beverages.
Families across America rely on school meals and millions were left without a regular source of nutrition when COVID-19 forced schools closed. Read their stories.
Dr. Sara Bleich, obesity prevention researcher, shares insights from her research related to kids' consumption of sugary drinks.
Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Jamie Bussel, senior program officer, discuss COVID-19, childhood obesity, and how the country needs to address these challenges.
Adult obesity rates vary significantly across states, according to data published today in the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a new report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle’s sugary drink tax has put $5 million worth of grocery vouchers into the hands of those who need them most.
The St. Joseph’s WIC program in Paterson, New Jersey innovates new methods to help participants receive health referral and healthy food services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to their need to live a healthy life.
Infant and Toddler Milk Companies Spend Millions Targeting Caregivers With Dubious Nutritional Claims—and it’s Working
Companies widely market unhealthy drinks for young children, but upcoming dietary guidelines will for the first time include nutrition recommendations for children under age 2.
Free school meals for every student would reduce uncertainty for families and ease burdens on schools.
New priority issue page highlights the latest research on sugary drink marketing, how it targets youth who are at risk for obesity and policy options for reducing consumption.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many families have been struggling to find ways to feed their children healthy, affordable foods. Changes to several federal nutrition programs could better support families during this ongoing crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made administering nutrition programs like WIC more challenging. We spoke to the National WIC Association and Food Research & Action Center to better understand how WIC is responding to the pandemic.
Two new research briefs offer recommendations for prioritizing specific changes to SNAP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent media briefing explored how best to feed children during the pandemic.
During the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic, families are enduring serious hardships of job and childcare lose, and even hunger. There is a growing number of people who are unable to afford food. Food banks have become an essential resource, on the front lines daily providing support to families across the country.
Schools across the country are working to serve healthy meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about some of the strategies school leaders are using.
A discussion with Giridhar Mallya of RWJF to better understand how recent coronavirus relief legislation impacts SNAP and school meals, as well as some of the longer-term proposals in both areas.
New data show that the adult obesity rate in the United States is 42.4%, and that disparities persist across race and ethnicity.
Eastern Washington School Districts and Chef LJ Klinkenberg have made it their mission to get healthy and tasty food meals served in schools. Since starting their work, obesity rates have dropped.
An estimated 40 million Americans - including 12.5 million children- are living in food shortage areas. We sat down with Elaine Waxman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute about their new interactive tool mapping food insecurity across the countru.
It's hard to tell healthy and unhealthy children's drinks apart, so it is important to have the facts to make the healthiest decision possible. This interview with the Rudd Center shares findings from a recent report on the nutrition content of and marketing behind children's drinks.
On January 1, an updated Nutrition Facts label took effect covering all food and beverage products from manufacturers with more than $10 million in sales. Read a post from Jamie Bussel of RWJF about the change and what it means for families.
No matter where you go in Spokane, you’ll find a well-connected community that cares deeply about children’s health. Growing a local “farm-to-ECE” movement is one way this community is helping its kids grow up at a healthy weight.
Megan Lott, deputy director of Healthy Eating Research and lead author of the Healthy Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood report shares recommendations about which drinks are best for infants and young kids to drink, as well as which ones to avoid.
There are nearly 4 million vending machines in U.S. schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and other places where kids spend time. Thanks to a new public health commitment, beginning January 1, 2020, they will include “better for you” products.
Washington state's Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition helps early care and education providers serve healthy meals statewide by advocating for strong nutrition requirements.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his team are committed to finding policy solutions to build a more inclusive and equitable San Antonio, Texas.
Pediatrician and epidemiologist Renee Boynton-Jarrett shares that addressing childhood obesity simply can't happen only in a clinical environment. Solutions to the epidemic need to be accessible in all of the places where children live, learn, and play.
In the capital city of Columbus, where about 1 in 4 kids who enter kindergarten are overweight or have obesity, advocates and organizations have been working together to provide kids with the earliest possible opportunities to develop healthy habits. That means focusing on kids from birth to age 5.
Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shares the Foundation's commitment to reducing rates of childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity rates have risen a lot in 40 years, but in the last decade, they've been leveling off. In this interview, Diane Schazenbach shares new insights about how rates have changed over time among different children.
Physical activity is important for our health—especially for children. But in rural communities—where there may be fewer resources, sidewalks, playgrounds, and parks—there often are fewer opportunities for kids to engage in the kind of physical activity that keeps them healthy and happy. Play Streets is one solution.
New data show obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC continue to decline. We sat down with Georgia Machell of the National WIC Association and Jim Weill of FRAC for their insights about the new data and the value of WIC.
Federal nutrition programs help ensure that children and families nationwide, especially those in low-income communities, have greater access to healthy foods and enough to eat. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Jamie Bussel explains how programs like WIC and school meals are essential to kids’ health.
A 2019 USDA study found that school meals are considerably healthier under the updated school nutrition standards. We spoke with The Lunch Tray’s Bettina Elias Siegel about her thoughts on the study.
In Minnesota, strong support for Safe Routes to Schools programs has benefited nearly 500 schools and helped reach 110,000 students every two years.
Obesity and obesity-related chronic illnesses are significantly higher in Appalachian counties than elsewhere. A new report from the Appalachian Regional Commission examines how the region is approaching this challenge.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 40 million people live in neighborhoods without access to fresh, affordable and nutritious food options, making them “food insecure.” Residents of these communities typically rely on fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer little to no fresh food.
The vast majority of TV food ads targeting Black and Hispanic audiences are for unhealthy products. A new report shows what impact that could have on health disparities.
Schools play an important role in helping kids lead active, healthy lives. We spoke with Emma Sanchez from San Francisco State University who has led work to learn more from elementary schools that are making it a priority to help students get at least 60 minutes of daily activity.