F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the ninth edition to the annual report F as in Fat, which examines the state of obesity in the US.  The report includes an analysis that forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs. 


Is Convenience Making Us Fatter?

A study from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control shows that convenience plays a larger role than poverty in the obesity epidemic.  The study found that of the 72.5 million adults who are obese 41 percent earn at least $35,000, while 20 percent of the obese are considered poor

Report Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens Our Economic Future

A bipartisan group of former U.S. cabinet secretaries released a comprehensive and actionable plan to improve America's physical and fiscal crises. Former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala and Mike Leavitt released the recommendations, calling needed attention to mounting health care spending, which is expected to reach $4.6 trillion dollars annually by 2020 and consume 19.8 percent of GDP.


Forbes Publishes List of Ideas to Conquer U.S. Obesity Problem

Medical researcher Ramzi Omri responds to the questionWhat Are Some Hypothetical, Aggressive Ways To Deal With National Obesity?” Questions were generated by Quora, a question and answer website, and Omri offers some solutions, from banning high fructose corn syrup to consumer education and better food labeling and packaging.


Linking Policies that Prevent Hunger and Childhood Obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a brief “Making the Connection: Linking Policies that Prevent Hunger and Childhood Obesity” that outlines the relationship between food insecurity and obesity. Policies discussed in the brief include establishing healthy food financing initiatives to increase access to nutritious foods, supporting farm to institution and farm to school programs, and increasing free and reduced-price school meals.


The Health Care Costs of Obesity

According to a report by Trust for America’s Health, obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the country. Reducing obesity rates by 5 percent could lead to more than $29 billion in health care savings over five years, $158.1 billion in 10 years, and $611.7 billion in 20 years.


Green for Greens: Finding Public Financing for Healthy Food Retail

The National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity releases a guide on where to find public money for projects that bring healthy food to low-income neighborhoods with real-world examples and ways to identify and get funds for your community’s proposal.

Big Food: Health, Culture, and the Evolution of Eating, an Interactive Exhibit

Peabody, in collaboration with the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, launched an interactive, comprehensive and hands-on exhibit about what we eat.   The exhibit encompasses wide-ranging points from behavioral choices in nutrition and exercise to the sustainability of our food system.   


United Fresh: Produce Affects All 50 States

United Fresh launches new state-by-state profiles that show the impact of fruit and vegetable production nationwide, demonstrating that the fruit and vegetable industry has a tangible impact on the health and economy of every state. Also included in the profiles are employment rates, impacts of adult and childhood obesity and diabetes, and state participation in federal fruit and vegetable programs. Profiles can be viewed here:


Obesity: What you eat and where you live matters

It is recognized that obesity is influenced by both what you eat and where you live as individual choices of diet are often limited or swayed by what is available in a food environment.  Thus there is an ongoing effort to reduce obesity by improving food access where people live.  Michigan is gaining recognition for its anti-obesity strategy by improving food access. 


FoodCorps - a new national service organization

FoodCorps, a partner to the AmeriCorps service program, aims to fight obesity and diet-related disease through promoting school gardens and farm-to-school programs. FoodCorps’ 50 members begin their year of service this month in food desserts in 10 states across America, including Native American reservations. Reservations often lack access to fresh, wholesome food and have lost connection to healthier traditional diets. 


USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

The FNS research webpage includes resources on the SNAP (food stamp) program, WIC, food insecurity, nutrition education, child nutrition and food distribution studies. The FNS regulations webpage includes legislation resources for school meals programs, SNAP, summer meal service, WIC, and the Child, Adult and Elderly Care Food Program.

The Food Assistance Program webpage provides resources to Food Distribution on Indian Reservations, Hunger and Food Insecurity, elderly nutrition programs, and head start.



PolicyLink provides resources such as webinars, case-studies, and toolkits on food access issues, including those specifically in communities of color, and includes resources that focus on the links between obesity and the environment, and healthy food retail models. 



Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)

PHLP’s document library covers a range of topics related to food access; including healthy planning, farmers markets, healthy retail, childhood obesity, economic development, joint use agreements, mobile vending and produce carts, legislation, menu labeling and redevelopment.


Let's Move Initiative

Let’s Move is an initiative of the Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, designed to solve the issue of childhood obesity within a generation and involves parents and families in order to get kids more active and eating healthier foods. The website includes resources for parents, community leaders, schools and health care professionals to begin to address the nations childhood obesity epidemic.


Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

The FRAC data and publication page provides food hardship data by Congressional district and national, state and county-by-county SNAP participation data from across the US, and also has several reports on US poverty with data provided by the US Census Bureau. Their Legislative Action Center provides resources and advocacy tools to fight hunger, tools to promote anti-hunger policies in the 2012 Farm Bill, and an overview and updates on budget issues affecting anti-hunger legislation.