School Nutrition Programs Effective in Creating Behavior Change

A recent Kaiser Permanente study showed positive behavior change from school interventions by following the Healthy ONES (Healthy Options for Nutrition Environments in Schools) Program for three years. The researchers noted that having a robust plan for stakeholder engagement and having the initiative be community driven were keys to success.

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.


Everybody at the Table for Health (EAT4Health) is a three-year national leadership development initiative to encourage the federal food policy advocacy ecosystem to be more inclusive of low-income and people of color communities, responsive to grassroots needs and ideas and effective in strengthening community well-being.  Visit EAT4Health’s website to learn more about this initiative and how community-based organizing groups and national advocacy organizations can apply for funding.

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:

US Department of Health and Human Services

The department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Community Services website includes information on President Obama’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a collaboration between the Department of Treasury, USDA, and HHS, that aims to bring healthy food to retail and corner stores in underserved areas across the country.  Find information on the HFFI here:

The HHS Office of Minority Health webpage provides data profiles related to diseases and obesity rates of Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Pacific Islander populations. The website provides resources, background information on related policies and initiatives and tools, and you can search through data by population or health topic.           



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.

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture

The C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University provides research, conference proceedings and presentations on community food systems, farming and production techniques, business plans and resources on food processing and distribution.


Roots of Change

Roots of Change is a network in California whose goal is to establish a more sustainable food system by 2030. The issues they focus on include economic prosperity, environment and climate, healthy food access, and valued workforce. On their Healthy Food Access website, there are resources for non-profits, entrepreneurs, and farmers and ranchers.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC has many resource pages related to food access centered on Obesity, Transportation and Food Access – which includes resources on food-related transportation in low income communities, and Healthy Food Environments -  and includes a variety of food access-related resources on community gardens, farmers markets, food policy councils and farmland protection. Resource pages provide fact sheets on various topics, and also include reports and white papers.


United States National Library of Medicine

The American Indian Health webpage provides resources about healthy cooking with commodity foods, information on food distribution programs on Indian Reservations, and personal stories about American Indian’s coping with diabetes and making the transition to a healthier lifestyle.  The webpage also provides resources such as tools, reports and media for researchers and health professionals working to increase nutrition for American Indians.


Convergence Partnership

The Convergence Partnership website includes resources, webinars, toolkits, and reports on topics such as access to healthy food, healthy environments, federal policy, and advocacy. The Convergence Partnership steering committee includes representatives from The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Kresge Foundation, Nemours, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve as technical advisors, PolicyLink is the committee's program director, and the Prevention Institute provides policy research, analysis and strategic support.