Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families

Center Publications

Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - March 2013 Report

Students at elementary schools participating in USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program consumed 15 percent more fruits and vegetables, based on an agriculture department study released today.

Evaluation of the Healthy School Meals Projects: Report of Findings from Ten California School Districts

"Evaluation of the Healthy School Meals Projects: Report of Findings from Ten California School Districts" presents findings from case studies of ten school districts' Healthy School Meals Projects funded by The California Endowment. School districts in the study used the funding to implement the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 and expand upon the Hunger Act nutrition rules.

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Implications of California’s Healthy Beverages in Child Care Law: Policy Brief

Beverages are a key dietary determinant of weight status in children. With nearly one in four preschool-aged children overweight or obese, it is clear that too many children are entering school at an unhealthy weight and with unhealthy dietary habits. In 2008, a California study of licensed childcare beverages found a substantial need for improvement.

Leaders Among Us: Peer-Led Efforts to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living in California – Report

The “Leaders Among Us: Peer-Led Efforts to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living in California “ report contains a review of the literature and case studies about peer-led health promotion programs for the California Department of Public Health, conducted by the Atkins Center for Weight and Health at University of California Berkeley.

Providing Water With Meals is Not a Concern for Young Children: Summary of the Literature & Best Practice Recommendations

This analysis, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was undertaken to synthesize findings from recent and ongoing research, together with experts’ science-based opinions, to determine how to reconcile new federal and California laws requiring water availability in childcare with concerns of some practitioners thatwater might displace valuable milk and food consumption; and to develo

Healthy Options, Healthy Meals - A strategic initiative of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger - PART 1, Chapter 1-7

The goal of the Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™ (HOHM) initiative is 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.

Healthy Options, Healthy Meals - A strategic initiative of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger - PART 2, Chapter 8-9

The goal of the Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™ (HOHM) initiative is 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.

Improving the Nutritional Quality of Foods Distributed to Lower-Income Families through Emergency Food Services: Report

"Improving the Nutritional Quality of Foods Distributed to Lower-Income Families through Emergency Food Services: A study of nutrition-related policies and practices of food banks and food pantries" reports on two recent trends in the US—widespread food insecurity among families and the rising prevalence of obesity in both adults and children.

MAKE ACTION: Activity Cards

"MAKE ACTION: Activity Cards" present four physical activity challenges especially designed for elementary school PE classes.

Also see:
MAKE ACTION full Toolkit, How to Use Guide, and Presentation

Nutrition Policies and Practices in the Feeding America Network: Report Provided to 202 Feeding America Food Banks

This newsletter presents the results of a national survey of food banks in the Feeding America network conducted by the Center as part of a larger study. The survey was designed to identify ways that the emergency food network can increase its inventory of healthful foods in order to help prevent obesity and protect client health.