New Rudd Center study documents decrease in plate waste following changes to school meal standards

A study by the UCONN Rudd Center found that students ate more fruit and threw away less of their entrees and vegetables after new national healthier school lunch standards took effect than before the changes. Click on "read more" to hear a radio interview about the study findings.



Rudd Center Introduces WellSAT 2.0

The Rudd Center recently updated the WellSAT, a quantitative assessment tool of school wellness policies.  WellSAT offers a consistent and reliable means of assessing the comprehensiveness and strength of school wellness policies within or among states. 


Emerging evidence shows energy drinks are a growing public health threat

A UCONN Rudd Center review of the evidence shows that highly-caffeinated, often sugar-laden energy drinks can harm children and adolescents, and supports physicians' groups and policy makers calling for restrictions on marketing and sales of these drinks to children under 18.


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The Rudd Center For Food Policy & Obesity

The Rudd Center is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.

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