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11/15/2018: Juice Displaces Milk and Fruit in High School Lunches

The National School Lunch Program reaches over 30 million students, and while fruits, vegetables, and dairy served in the school lunch undoubtedly contribute to a healthy diet, the appropriate role of juice in children's diet has generated debate. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children aged 7-18 consume no more than 8 ounces of juice daily, and juice is permitted to be served as part of the National School Lunch Program only on certain days. 

A new study conducted by Rudd Center researchers utilized cafeteria register data from 3 low-income, Northeast high schools and found that on days when fruit juice was served, students were less likely to select milk, whole fruit, and water. These substitutions have a potential nutritional impact that is important to consider.

06/07/2018: Consumers' Food Choices Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

Changes in diet have been proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the food system. But there has been little research on the affordability and feasibility of low-carbon food choices in the U.S. and how these choices could affect diet and climate change. A new study that provides the latest, most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions generated by U.S. consumer food purchases suggests that, if Americans directed their food purchases away from meats and other animal proteins, they could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

05/08/2018: Participation in Federal Meal-Subsidy Program Promotes Healthy Eating in Child Care Centers

Connecticut child care centers participating in a federal food assistance program do a better job at feeding preschoolers healthy foods than non-participating centers, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. 

Nationwide, 4 million children receive subsidized meals and snacks through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides financial support for food served in child care centers and family day care homes, and applies standards to the types and quantity of foods served. Beccause the program targets support for low-income children, CACFP has become an important policy tool in addressing food security and improving nutrition in young children.

05/04/2018: Statement by UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity on the Loss of Leslie Rudd

The UConn Rudd Center is saddened to learn of the passing of Leslie Rudd, founder of The Rudd Foundation. 

“Leslie Rudd was an entrepreneur who valued innovation, determination, and challenging the status quo. His values and foundational vision for the Rudd Center remain strongly embedded as core principles of our center’s work by conducting strategic research that intersects with public policy to maximize impact,” stated Marlene B. Schwartz, Rudd Center Director and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at UConn. 

04/24/2018: Men May Experience Weight Stigma at Rates Similar to Women

Negative biases against people with obesity are widespread and can contribute to physical and emotional health problems. Studies of weight stigma often focus on women and indicate that women experience weight strigma more than men. Recent evidence, however, suggests the gap between men and women in experiencing weight stigma may be smaller than previously thought. Yet little research has been conducted on weight stigma in men exclusively - until now. 

A new study of weight stigma in men by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut found that a signifcant portion of adult American men reported being mistreated about their weight. The findings suggest that men may be experiencing weight stigma at similar rates relative to women.

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