USDA publishes rule on compliance process for schools to meet the new healthier meal standards

April 27, 2012, Food Research and Action Center

On April 27, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule specifying the certification process for schools to receive the six-cent per meal performance-based incentive funds created by the 2010 child nutrition reauthorization. The rule’s title is Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Continue reading

New research suggests that neighborhood environment impacts child and parent obesity rates

Two new companion studies from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggest that living in a healthy environment can have a positive impact on you and your child’s waistline. The first of these studies describes the development of innovative GIS-based constructs for physical activity and nutrition environments. A follow-up study validates these measures by finding that adults and children who live in neighborhoods favorable to healthy eating and active living are less likely to be obese than those who live in less healthy neighborhood environments. Continue reading

Children’s food and beverages fail to live up to health claims on packaging

According to new research from Sana Chehimi, MPH, of the Prevention Institute, health claims on children’s food labels are misleading and fail to meet basic nutrient guidelines. Chehimi presented her research last week at the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions. Continue reading

Community Guide informs decision making, assists researchers

During an April 12 symposium on strengthening the evidence base for childhood obesity, Shawna Mercer, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussed the Guide to Community Preventive Services.

This presentation was part of the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, held April 11-14, in New Orleans, La. Continue reading

NCCOR members participate in Society of Behavioral Medicine symposium

Today’s symposium at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions discussed “accelerating the path from exploratory research to evidence-based guidelines for childhood obesity prevention.” The symposium included presentations from members of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) and highlighted some of the work NCCOR has done to accelerate progress to reduce childhood obesity. Continue reading

Special feature on obesity and cancer risk in NCI’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

In March 2012, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer 1975-2008. This year’s report contains a special feature on the association of overweight and lack of physical activity with cancer risk. NCCOR Steering Committee member Dr. Rachel Ballard-Barbash (NCI) participated as a co-author on the report. Continue reading