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Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)
Wendi leads research projects at the Nutrition Policy Institute and teaches at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. She has dedicated her career to understanding and working to improve policies and programs that affect population health and nutrition, with a focus on eliminating health disparities and improving federal food and nutrition programs. She has conducted and studied interventions in schools, childcare centers, WIC, SNAP, and SNAP-Ed, and is particularly interested in the nexus of research, public policy and community-based efforts to improve health. She has a doctorate in public health and is a registered dietitian.
SpecialtyFood policies and programs, health equity, food systems, children's nutrition
- Hewawitharana, Sridharshi; Kao, Janice (2021). Method for scoring dose of multicomponent interventions: a building block for future evaluations. American Journal of Evaluation. October.
- Moffat, Laurel; Ritchie, Lorrene (2021). Perceived Produce Availability and Child Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The Healthy Communities Study. Nutrients. 13. Oct 20.
- Ritchie, Lorrene; Lessard, Laura (2021). Restaurant kids' meal beverage offerings before and after implementation of healthy default beverage policy statewide in California compared with citywide in Wilmington, Delaware. Public Health Nutr. England. 1-11. Apr 12.
- Thompson, H; Ritchie, L (2020). Effect of Removing Chocolate Milk on Milk and Nutrient Intake Among Urban Secondary School Students. Preventing Chronic Disease. 17, E95. August.
- Madsen, K; Gosliner, W (2020). Fast Food Embodied: The Industrial Diet. Bite Back: Powering the food rebellion.S. Jayaraman and K. DeMaster. University of California Press. May.
- Gosliner, W; Chen, W (2020). Participants' Experiences of the 2018-2019 Government Shutdown and Subsequent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Disruption Can Inform Future Policy. Nutrients. 12:6. June.
- Au, L; Ritchie, L (2020). Post-Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Adherence to Select School Nutrition Standards by Region and Poverty Level: The Healthy Communities Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 52:3, 249-258. March.
- Hannah, Thompson; Sridharshi, Hewawitharana (2020). SNAP-Ed physical activity interventions in low-income schools are associated with greater cardiovascular fitness among 5th and 7th grade students in California. Preventive Medicine Resports. October.
- Thompson, Hannah; Hewawitharana, Sridharshi (2020). SNAP-Ed physical activity interventions in low-income schools are associated with greater cardiovascular fitness among 5th and 7th grade students in California. Prev Med Rep. 20, 101222. Dec.
- Thompson, H; Gosliner, Ritchie (2020). The Impact of a Multipronged Intervention to Increase School Lunch Participation among Secondary School Students in an Urban Public School District. Childhood Obesity. 16:S1, S14-S22. August.
- Gosliner, W; Delaney, T (2020). The planning, implementation, and evaluation of California’s inaugural Food Waste Prevention Week. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 26:2, E28-E31. Mar/Apr.
- Harpainter, P; Hewawitharana, S (2020). Voluntary kids’ meal beverage standards: are they sufficient to ensure healthier restaurant practices and consumer choices? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17:15, 5275.
- Fernald, LCH; Gosliner, W (2019). Alternatives to SNAP: Global approaches to addressing childhood poverty and food insecurity. American Journal of Public Health. 109, 1668-1677.
- Spang, N; Moreno, LC (2019). Food loss and waste: Measurement, drivers, and solutions. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 44, 117-156.
- Shah, HD; Adler, J (2019). Leaders’ experiences in planning, implementing, and evaluating complex public health nutrition interventions. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 51:5, 528-538.
- Gosliner, W; Shah, H (2019). Participant Voices: Examining issue, program, and policy priorities of SNAP-Ed eligible adults. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. June 24.
- Ritchie, L; Gosliner, W (2019). UC ANR research informs, influences, and strengthens fruit and vegetable programs and policies. California Agriculture. 73:1, 19-24.
- Gosliner, W.; Brown, D. M. (2018). "Availability, quality and price of produce in low-income neighbourhood food stores in California raise equity issues." Public Health Nutr 21(9): 1639-1648.
- Woodward-Lopez, G.; Gosliner, W. (2018). "Community characteristics modify the relationship between obesity prevention efforts and dietary intake in children: the Healthy Communities Study." Pediatr Obes 13 Suppl 1: 46-55.
- Au, L. E.; Gurzo, K. (2018). "Eating School Meals Daily Is Associated with Healthier Dietary Intakes: The Healthy Communities Study." J Acad Nutr Diet 118(8): 1474-1481 e1.
- Leung, C. W.; DiMatteo, S. G. (2018). "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage and Water Intake in Relation to Diet Quality in U.S. Children." Am J Prev Med 54(3): 394-402.
- Gosliner, W. (2014). "School-level factors associated with increased fruit and vegetable consumption among students in California middle and high schools." J Sch Health 84(9): 559-68.
- Crawford, P. B.; Gosliner, W. (2012). "State-level policies can help reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in schools." J Pediatr 161(3): 566-7.
- Crawford, P. B.; Gosliner, W. (2011). "The ethical basis for promoting nutritional health in public schools in the United States." Prev Chronic Dis 8(5): A98.
- Gosliner, W.; Madsen, K. A. (2011). "Would students prefer to eat healthier foods at school?" J Sch Health 81(3): 146-51.
- Gosliner, W. A.; James, P. (2010). "Impact of a worksite wellness program on the nutrition and physical activity environment of child care centers." Am J Health Promot 24(3): 186-9.
- Woodward-Lopez, G.; Gosliner, W. (2010). "Lessons learned from evaluations of California's statewide school nutrition standards." Am J Public Health 100(11): 2137-45.
- Madsen, K. A.; Gosliner, W. (2009). "Physical activity opportunities associated with fitness and weight status among adolescents in low-income communities." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 163(11): 1014-21.
- Crawford, P. B.; Gosliner, W. (2004). "Counseling Latina mothers of preschool children about weight issues: suggestions for a new framework." J Am Diet Assoc 104(3): 387-94.
- Crawford, P. B.; Gosliner, W. (2004). "Walking the talk: Fit WIC wellness programs improve self-efficacy in pediatric obesity prevention counseling." Am J Public Health 94(9): 1480-5.
- Tsai, M; Long, C (2021). CDFA Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program: Storeowner Interview Baseline Report. Nutrition Policy Institute. January.
- Suleiman, Ahna; Deardorff, Julie (2021). Setting new standards: As we return to school, we must also invest in social learning. San Francisco Chronicle. February 2. https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/As-we-return-to-school-we-must-also-invest-in-15915695.php
- Thompson, H; Ritchie, L (2020). . UC Study finds positive impact on students’ nutrition after removing chocolate milk from San Francisco school cafeterias. San Francisco Unified School District. October.
- Karpyn, A; Ritchie, L (2020). Assessing the Implementation of Kids’ Meal Healthy Default Beverage Policies in the State of California and City of Wilmington, Delaware. Healthy Eating Research. August. https://healthyeatingresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/HER-Default-Drinks-Brief-081820.pdf
- Tsai, M; Esparza, E (2020). CDFA Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program: Community-based Organization Interview Report to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Nutrition Policy Institute. May. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/325801.pdf
- Institute, Multiple Authors at Nutrition Policy Institute and Berkeley Food (2020). Fact Sheet: How to Stay Food Secure and Eat Well Despite COVID-19. Nutrition Policy Institute and Berkeley Food Institute. March. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/322854.pdf
- Gosliner, W; Strochlic, R (2020). Fact Sheet: It is safe to eat fresh fruits and vegetables during COVID-19! There's help for buying fresh and local fruits and vegetables. Nutrition Policy Institute. April 29. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/325079.pdf
- Hewawitharana, S; Felix, C (2020). Findings from an evaluation of the California Nutrition Incentive Program at farmers’ markets. Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. November. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/339350.pdf
- S, Hewawitharana; Felix, C (2020). Findings from an evaluation of the California Nutrition Incentive Program at farmers’ markets. Nutrition Policy Institute Research Brief.
- Karpyn, A; Harpainter, P (2020). Healthy default beverages in kids’ meals: Evaluating policy implementation and impact in California and Delaware. American Public Health Association. October. https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/473449
- Thompson, H; Ritchie, L (2020). Impact of a district-wide chocolate milk removal policy on students’ milk selection and consumption. American Public Health Association. October. https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/461944
- Gosliner, W; Hewaitharana, S (2020). Limited progress found in healthy checkout among food stores in economically disadvantaged California neighborhoods, 2011-2017. American Public Health Association. October. https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/477298
- Brown, E; Hamad, R (2020). Low EITC and CalEITC Take-up Among Eligible California Families. University of California, Berkeley. December.
- Hewawitharana, S.; Woodward-Lopez, G. (2020). NPI Identifies Most Promising Approaches for Healthy Food Retail Interventions. News Brief. Nutrition Policy Institute.
- Moffat, L; Ritchie, L (2020). Perceived produce availability and child fruit and vegetable intake: The Healthy Communities Study. American Public Health Association. October. https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/479024
- Thompson, H; Gosliner, W (2020). The Impact of a District-Wide Chocolate Milk Removal Policy on Secondary Students’ Milk Purchasing and Consumption. Current Developments in Nutrition. 4:2, 1734. May 29.
- Harpainter, P; Woodward-Lopez, G (2019). Baseline findings from evaluation of the first state law on healthy default beverages in kids’ meals. American Public Health Association. November.
- Gosliner, W; Chen, W (2019). Capturing Participants' Experiences of the 2019 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Food Assistance Benefit Disruption to Inform Future Policy. NPI Research Brief. Berkeley, CA. November. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/316104.pdf
- Madsen, K; Machado, S (2019). NP6 Preliminary Results From the Multi-Pronged Intervention to Increase Secondary Student Participation in School Lunch (MPI). Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 51:7, S12. July-August.
- Gosliner, W; Rauzon, S (2019). SNAP Is Under Attack: Our Largest Food Assistance Program Needs Your Support. Research to Action - The Nutrition Policy Institute News Brief. News Brief. Nutrition Policy Institute. https://mailchi.mp/9c84376fc73e/uc-nutrition-policy-institute-research-to-actionnews- brief-vol-3-no-1366649?e=3fc53c64e8. 3:4
- Hewawitharana, SC; Strochlic, R (2019). Utilization of the California Nutrition Incentive Program among CalFresh shoppers and its association with food security status. Nutrition 2019.
- Hewawitharana, S; Strochlic, R (2018). California Nutrition Incentive Program Evaluation, Year 1. December.
- Pugliese, J; Whetstone, L (2018). Mother-child differences in dietary quality among low-income Latinos. American Public Health Association. November.
- Pugliese, J; Whetstone, L (2018). Trends in dietary quality among SNAP-eligible mothers and their children in Californians. American Public Health Association. November.
- Gosliner, W.; Madsen, K. A. (2007). "Marketing foods and beverages: why licensed commercial characters should not be used to sell healthy products to children." Pediatrics 119(6): 1255-6; author reply 1256.