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Founded in 1999, the Center works with community groups to develop and evaluate programs to support healthy eating and active living, with a focus on children and families in diverse communities. Our collaborative approach maintains scientific rigor and is responsive to the real-world needs and concerns of our community partners. We produce reports and policy briefs that can further our community partners’ ability to succeed and we focus on outcomes that are meaningful to the communities we serve.
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Patricia Crawford, director of UC Berkeley's Atkins Center for Weight and Health, was among 27 former panelists for the Institute of Medicine who told Congress not to change healthier foods rules for children, as the Agriculture deputy undersecretary in charge of nutrition reminded school food service directors who have asked Congress for changes that they have responsibilities to serve food that will result in healthy children and adults.
The results of the evaluation of MAZON’s Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™ (HOHM) initiative as a successful and useful endeavor to increase access to nutritious foods for low-income families by assisting food banks in their efforts to improve the nutritional quality of their food inventory.
Food insecurity is a growing concern in the United States especially in view of the recent economic climate, which has increased demand on Emergency Food Programs (EFP). There is an increased urgency to improve the nutritional quality of food distributed to our most vulnerable families. This report presents the key achievements and lessons learned from the three-year California Healthy Eating Initiative led by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger with funding from The California Endowment.
A study conducted by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service found that fruit and vegetable consumption increased by a third of a cup (15 percent )among students participating in the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, compared to non-participating students.
In Remembrance: Sarah E. Samuels
Visionary, friend and collaborator.
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