Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

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Headquarters Location: New Haven, CT
Founded: 2005


Mission: The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma. The Center serves as a leader in building broad-based consensus to change diet and activity patterns, while holding industry and government agencies responsible for safeguarding public health. The Center serves as a leading research institution and clearinghouse for resources that add to our understanding of the complex forces affecting how we eat, how we stigmatize overweight and obese people, and how we can change.


Tags: 2013, childhood health and nutrition, research, policy advocacy, local campaigns, schools, awareness


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Story:

The Rudd Center launched a website aimed at helping parent advocates navigate through the complex issues of school food. Rudd 'Roots Parents supports the grassroots efforts of parent advocates by offering information they can use to take action. It connects… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a clearinghouse for nutritional research, advocacy and policy analysis. Their goal is to improve public health and address environmental and socio-economic issues as they have influence on individuals’ eating habits.
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Leadership
Rudd-center-for-food-policy-obesity Marlene Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz serves as Acting Director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. She received her PhD in Psychology from Yale University in 1996. Prior to joining the Rudd Center, she served as Co-Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders from 1996 to 2006. Dr. Schwartz's research and community service addresses how… See full bio.


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
rudd.center AT yale.edu
Phone:
203-432-6700
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Address:
PO Box 208369
 
New Haven, CT 6520, United States
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Rudd-center-for-food-policy-obesity Story:

The Rudd Center launched a website aimed at helping parent advocates navigate through the complex issues of school food. Rudd 'Roots Parents supports the grassroots efforts of parent advocates by offering information they can use to take action. It connects parent advocates to Rudd Center research and resources and each other.

Rudd 'Roots Parents helps parent advocates understand school food regulation at the federal, state, and local levels and provides strategies on how to become a school food expert, advocate effectively, and use local and social media for change within their own district.

The site highlights areas that can have a positive impact on the school food environment, including wellness policies, national meal programs, foods sold outside national meal programs, school gardens, and school food legislation. Each area contains relevant research, local examples utilized by school districts, and tools to develop strategies and track progress.

Rudd 'Roots Parents also identifies key players in schools, school districts, and the community who are essential in building a healthy school food environment.

Expert Reviews of Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a clearinghouse for nutritional research, advocacy and policy analysis. Their goal is to improve public health and address environmental and socio-economic issues as they have influence on individuals’ eating habits.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity’s strengths are in its dedication to uncover complex influences upon individual’s eating habits. They cover problematics from socio-economic to environmental and food marketing issues. The research scope is fantastic along with the staff’s dedication and excellent leadership.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

According to an expert, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity’s needs to find new leadership after Kelly Brownell. They should also focus on advancing their advocacy programs.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Highlights Successful Strategies

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The Center promotes multi-sectorial changes related to obesity problems.

Needed Research and Information

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Their research is often in academic journals and cited by policymakers.
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They have conducted sugar sweetened beverage research.
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Yale Rudd Center provides great resources and helps keep advocates up to date on studies and new resources.


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Wide Range

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The Center addresses a wide range of obesity issues, such as economics, food & addiction, food & agriculture Industry, food marketing to youth, law, nutrition & obesity, public policy, schools, families & communities, and weight bias & stigma.

Strong Leadership

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Some of their strengths are their affiliation with a university, strong leadership among the staff members, and high research focus.

Valuable Resources

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Resource gathering and research are areas of strength.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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They have an obsessive focus on soda, overlooking poverty and making a policy response overly simplistic.
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They perform good research on marketing to children, but are also seriously lacking in political strategy. Any group that cannot lobby, because they are an academic institution will by definition have a very limited role to play.

Currently in Transition

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They are in flux now with the departure of Kelly Brownell. I would love to see them take more steps in assisting with advocacy.


Leadership

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Marlene Schwartz
Director
Dr. Schwartz serves as Acting Director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. She received her PhD in Psychology from Yale University in 1996. Prior to joining the Rudd Center, she served as Co-Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders from 1996 to 2006. Dr. Schwartz's research and community service addresses how home environments, school landscapes, neighborhoods, and the media shape the eating attitudes and behaviors of children. She has collaborated with the Connecticut State Department of Education to evaluate nutrition and physical activity policies in schools and preschools throughout the state. She co-chaired the Connecticut Obesity Task Force in 2010 and has provided expert testimony on obesity-related state policies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Food Bank. Dr. Schwartz has received research grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health to study school wellness policies, the preschool nutrition environment, the effect of food marketing on children, the relationship between food insecurity and nutrition, and how federal food programs can improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods. Dr. Schwartz's life and career were profiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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