Policy brief summarizing findings from a study about WIC participants’ experiences with changes to the program’s cash value benefit for buying fruits and vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers sought to understand WIC participant perceptions of this change and barriers and facilitators to using the CVB.
Fruit drinks (fruit-flavored beverages that contain added sweeteners) are the most popular sugar drink among infants and young children, despite expert recommendations that this age group should not consume any drinks with added sugar. This Fact sheet summarizes findings from three studies that examined nutrition claims made on fruit drink packages and how claims impact parents’ decisions.
Diagram outlining the five phases of the Nutrition Transition and their associated dietary and activity patterns.
© Barry M. Popkin, 2021
Diagram depicting the relationships between stakeholders’ interests (governments, health advocates, consumers, and industry), their potential responses to sweetened beverage taxes, and measurable outcomes for evaluations.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Reinvestment Partners leveraged CARES Act funds to provide over 30,000 North Carolinians with money for buying healthy foods. Participants in the Healthy Helping fruit and vegetable prescription program experienced improved food security and nearly doubled their purchases of fruits and vegetables, demonstrating that the produce prescription model can be scaled and impactful, even in short-term emergency situations.
October 2016, addresses the burden of obesity, why tax sugary drinks, & countering food industry claims