Nutrition and hunger program funding jeopardized in farm bill

Public health groups are calling on the U.S. Senate to protect key health-related provisions in the reauthorization of the farm bill in advance of debate today.
Can we all eat healthy food?

Can we all eat healthy food?

Good nutrition is essential for a healthy lifestyle — but is it possible for everyone?
Choose Health LA campaign using new methods to raise awareness of public health messages

Choose Health LA campaign using new methods to raise awareness of public health messages

Los Angeles County public health officials are finding that presenting messages in new ways can gain attention.

Community initiatives providing affordable, healthy food

Today, organizations across the U.S. are supporting National Food Day, a movement created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to help improve nutrition for all Americans — regardless of their age, race, income or geographic location.
Q&A with Susan Blumenthal on recent SNAP report

Q&A with Susan Blumenthal on recent SNAP report

The "SNAP to Health" report offers 10 recommendations to enhance the nutritional effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly, the Food Stamp Program. Public Health Newswire asked Susan Blumenthal, MD, about the report’s suggestions for SNAP and the dual public health concerns of food insecurity and obesity.

CSPI examines harms of soda pop in pop music video

What do Jason Mraz, polar bears, diabetes and erectile dysfunction have in common? The answer: “The Real Bears” animated music video created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which couples sugary drinks with statistics relating their harmful impact.

Diet, physical activity and clear communication key to reversing premature disease, death

Attendees of the National Public Health Information Coalition's symposium got a mouthful of healthy advice from nutrition and prevention expert David Katz about how diet, physical activity and how we communicate about them are critical to reversing rising rates of premature disease and death.

America’s schoolchildren sitting down to healthier meals; hunger continues to grow

Just a few days ago at a school in Sarasota, Fla., USDA's Kevin Concannon saw how a little creativity in the kitchen is helping make a big difference in encouraging kids to eat healthier. Concannon shared his insights Thursday with state health officers at the ASTHO annual meeting.

Health assessment calls for USDA nutrition standards in schools

In its 150th anniversary year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is as busy as ever ensuring safe, sufficient and nutritious food for Americans.

Study: Cheaper food prices linked to obesity rates

Shopping at lower cost supermarkets may be closely linked to higher obesity rates, reports a study published online yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health.

‘National Soda Summit’ held to reduce soft drink intake, improve public’s health

The impact of soda intake on public health spawned major legislation last week. On May 31, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city’s Department of Health proposed a ban of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. On its heels, the Center for Science in the Public...

Happy 150th birthday, USDA

One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation establishing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.