November 2016 Newsletter

Rudd Center in the News

Baby Food FACTS, our new report by UConn Rudd Center Marketing Initiatives Director Jennifer Harris and her Marketing Team, was featured in a Parents magazine article, "You Might Be Surprised to Hear Your Toddler Should Skip This Drink."

Food Navigator, Food and Wine magazine, and Univision were among the dozens of other print and online media outlets that highlighted Baby Food FACTS.

Dr. Harris appeared in TV and radio interviews about the Baby Food FACTS report in communities across the country, including New York City, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Memphis, Tampa, San Diego, San Francisco, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Tucson, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C.

The Huffington Post carried a Nov. 2 Reuters article, Kids’ Genes May Influence Whether Food Advertising Makes Them Overeat, quoting Dr. Harris. The same day, a story published by science-oriented Red Orbit, The soda industry funded studies to downplay negative health effects, included comments from Dr. Harris.

UConn Rudd Center Director Marlene Schwartz was interviewed for a Nov. 16 appearance on the Heritage Radio Network in an engaging episode of Eating Matters called Tricks Are for Kids: Marketing Food to Children

Dr. Schwartz was among panelists who discussed the "Science Behind Food Marketing to Children" at the 3rd Annual Food Law and Policy conference in Los Angeles, hosted by UCLA and Harvard. C-SPAN recorded the discussion.

CBS News in Baltimore, ABC News in Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun and the Capital Gazette were among news outlets that featured Dr. Schwartz's comments on her study of a successful, multi-faceted campaign in Howard County, MD, to reduce consumption of sugary drinks.  

Congratulations to Dr. Schwartz for being recognized by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame as a 2016 Women's Wellness Honoree. She was honored at the organization's annual dinner and ceremony Nov. 2 for her work as a researcher and advocate for food and nutrition policies that will improve children's health and diets. 

Reach MD, a digital learning platform for physicians and other health care professionals, featured a podcast with UConn Rudd Center Deputy Director Rebecca Puhl discussing how weight bias can hinder the treatment of patients with overweight or obesity.

Dr. Puhl's work involving encouraging new research was highlighted in a Nov. 2 article in ConscienHealth: "Weight Shaming Falls as Medical View of Obesity Grows."

What's Simmering With Our Friends

CDC Reports Modest Decreases in Obesity Among Young Children in WIC

A new study shows that the percentage of low-income children (ages 2-4) with obesity enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) decreased from 15.9 percent in 2010 to 14.5 percent in 2014. The study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Coinciding with the Nov. 17 announcement of this new study, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health released a new data visualization showing how state-by-state obesity rates have changed among WIC participants ages 2-4 since 2000 and a series of maps highlighting states' efforts to help promote nutrition and physical activity in early child care settings.

Tweet Chats with Moms Rising and Salud America! Spread the Word on Baby Food FACTS 

On Twitter, @UconnRuddCenter co-hosted Tweet Chats with @MomsRising #FoodFri on Nov. 4 and @SaludToday #SaludTues, @1000Days, @Nacersanobaby, and @NatWICAssoc on Nov. 15 to discuss the findings of our new Baby Food FACTS report on the nutritional content of food and drink products marketed to parents for their babies and toddlers, the messages used to promote these products, and how well the marketing messages compared with expert advice about feeding young children. Thank you to all who chimed in! 

News to Chew On

The New York Times
As Soda Taxes Gain Wider Acceptance, Your Bottle May Be Next
WBUR Boston – Common Health
Counterpoint: We Fail Our Patients If We Don’t Try to Treat Obesity
U.S. News & World Report
Soft Drink Suppliers Try to Blunt the Blow of Soda Taxes
Dartmouth News
Students Campaign for Federal Food Policy Reform
WGN – Chicago
Cook County Board approves sugary beverages tax
The New York Times
Soda Taxes Sweep to Victories, Despite Facing Big Spending
Kaiser Health News
Boulder, Colo., And Three California Cities OK Soda Tax
Soda Taxes Approved in Four Cities, Vote Looms in Chicago’s Cook County
Atlanta Black Star
Soda-Funded Health Studies Hide Links Between Sugary Beverages and Obesity, Diabetes
The Daily Astorian
Chicago’s Cook County bridges budget gap with ‘soda tax’
5 More Locations Pass Soda Taxes: What’s Next For Big Soda?
CBC News
'This is a human rights issue': Local dietitian creates campaign against weight stigma
The Christian Science Monitor
WHO report calls for action against harmful online food marketing
The Fresno Bee – editorial
Don’t let Trump roll back good food policy