- Author: UC Nutrition Policy Institute
The UC Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) partnered with Stanford Medicine Department of Pediatrics to develop a series of fact sheets to support the provision of nutritious and sustainable school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NPI's Christina Hecht led development of the fact sheets that are targeted to school nutrition professionals, school boards, and advocacy organizations. The fact sheets distill the latest on the USDA Child Nutrition Program waivers that have provided flexibility for school districts, allowing them to maximize their meal service despite COVID-19 disruptions,...
Since 2011, Baby Boomers, a population with unique health, economic, and nutritional needs, are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Disease prevention strategies to live a quality life with a myriad of health concerns are important life skills. In urban areas, low-income senior housing complexes are increasing rapidly. A UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) assessment found low income or affordable senior housing units increased in Alameda County at a rate of 22.66% from 2016 to 2018 (8,640 and 10,598 respectively).
Very few nutrition or wellness education programs are available at the housing sites. UC ANR researchers found elders in low-income senior housing...
Compared to other youth age groups, adolescents in particular have the lowest quality diets and the highest rates of obesity in the United States. Childhood and teen obesity has increased over the last several decades and rates are at an all-time high in the United States and California, specifically. As obesity in formative years progresses into adulthood, it is imperative that measures be taken to slow this trajectory.
This concern prompts the need for novel obesity prevention programs. One potential contributor is a lack of food literacy, which involves having the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy dietary choices. However, programs aimed at improving food literacy in adolescents are lacking. Therefore, there is a...
Working with caregivers of infants and young children revealed the need for simple yet meaningful information about food safety. These clientele often ask the “how long” questions, which usually relate to a range of food safety queries.
- How long do I need to wash my hands?
- How long can food stay out of the refrigerator?
- How long can I keep pumped breastmilk or prepared infant formula at room temperature?
A comprehensive yet concise resource available for clientele to take home for reference was difficult to find. While there is a lot of information available from a variety of reputable sources, finding answers to the most...
- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
- Author: Chelsey LeeAnn Slattery
Children and adolescents with physical and intellectual disabilities tend to have a higher prevalence of obesity (BMI of 30.0 or higher) compared to their non-disabled peers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates for children (ages 2-17) with disabilities are 38% higher than for children without disabilities. This was determined from the results of the 2003-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Obesity and disability are health conditions that have been increasing globally and growing evidence suggests that there is a strong link between...