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Obesity Prevention

2017 Training Catalog: PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition & Project Lean (2017)

Are you looking to bolster your public health efforts and empower people to eat healthier foods, engage in physical activity, and create safer envi...

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Inspiring Healthy Communities: Empowering Youth in Los Angeles County (2016)

Engaging youth using Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is a growing public health approach to address nutrition and obesity-related il...

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SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States (2016)

In January 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service released the latest update of SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention To...

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The Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Overweight/Obesity Differs by Birthplace and Length of US Residence (2016)

The longer immigrant women reside in the United States, the greater the chances that food insecurity will affect obesity, according to this study b...

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10 Steps to Setting Up a School Fruit and Vegetable Stand (2015)

How to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in small rural communities in the Central Valley—and beyond Numerous studies show t...

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Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax (BEST) Study Preliminary Findings (2015)

Interim results presented November 3, 2015 at the American Public Health Association, from the largest-to-date evaluation of Berkeley, California&r...

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Reach of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP–Ed) Interventions and Nutrition and Physical Activity-Related Outcomes, California (2015)

  Introduction This study combined information on the interventions of the US Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition A...

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California’s Central Valley: Addressing Disparity in a Region of Abundance—Creating Healthy Communities through Community Leadership Development (2014)

PHI is proud to contribute to the National Civic Review's two-part editorial project honoring the 25th anniversary of the Healthy Communit...

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Obesity in California: The Weight of the State, 2000-2012 (2014)

This report examines the obesity prevalence in California and looks at trends across child, adolescent, and adult populations from 2000 to 2012. Si...

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Relationships between Levels of Reach of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Interventions and Nutrition and Physical Activi (2014)

This study combined information on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) int...

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Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Among Low-Income Children: Key Findings from the California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey (2014)

This fact sheet provides promising strategies to facilitate policy, system, and environmental changes that increase support for healthy eating, reg...

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English/Spanish CA4Health Radio Campaign Launch (2013)

The California Broadcasters Association (CBA) Launches English/Spanish CA4Health Radio Campaign in support of PHI’s Community Transformation ...

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Low-Income Californians with Access to Produce in Their Home, School, Work, and Community Environments Eat More Fruits and Vegetables (2013)

With fruit and vegetable intake being a clear indicator of eating healthy foods, having adequate access to quality and affordable fruits and vegeta...

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Prevention Means Business (2013)

Skyrocketing health care costs and escalating chronic disease rates place a huge economic burden on America’s business owners—yet 75% o...

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Snap Ed Works (2013)

1 in 3 children in the US are overweight or obese. Yet at the same time, 1 in 5 families struggle with food insecurity--not knowing from one day to...

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Consumption of Sugar- Sweetened Beverages Among California Women, 2009 (2012)

This report  uses data from the 2009 California Women's Health Survey to plot out consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in California w...

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A Place to Grow: Nutritious food, better health, stronger communities (2012)

Obesity and diet-related chronic diseases have become severe economic and health threats to both adults and children, increasing the cost of health...

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California Field Research Poll: Obesity in Rural California Counties (2012)

Ninety-four percent of registered voters surveyed in 12 rural California counties say obesity is a serious problem for the nation, and 84 percent b...

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Education, Diet, and Environmental Factors Influence Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among California Children, Teens, and Adults (2012)

In California, approximately half of children, teens, and adults drink at least one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) daily. Over the...

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Food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents: Limited progress by 2012 - Brief Report (2012)

Although research suggests that healthy products can be profitable for the food industry, marketers continue to target children with ads for foods ...

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Food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents: Limited progress by 2012 -- Full Report (2012)

American children and adolescents remain exposed to a disproportionate amount of marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages, in spite of some prog...

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Food Security Status and the Prevalence of Diet-Related Chronic Diseases Among California Women, 2009 (2012)

This report uses data from the 2009 California Women's Health Survey to examine the association between food insecurity and diet-related chroni...

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Inspiring Youth, Growing Change (2012)

The Network for a Healthy California shares ideas, lessons learned and reflections arising from the Youth Engagement Initiative with others interes...

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Little Improvement on Food Marketing to Children (2012)

Children in the U.S. continue to grow up in environments saturated by food and beverage marketing, the bulk of it for foods low in nutrients and hi...

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Perceived Effective Weight Control Strategies by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation and Income Among California Women (2012)

This report  uses data from the 2009 California Women's Health Survey to analyze how understandings of effective weight loss are stratifie...

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California Adults Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption From 1997-2007 (2011)

This article in the Journal of Nutrition and Education, written with PHI's Network for a Healthy California, reviews data the lo...

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California Women's Diet Quality by Household Food Security Status, 2007 (2011)

A brief on the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey's examination of the relationship between women's household food se...

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Catering Trucks in California Promote Healthy Eating in Low-Wage Worksites (2011)

According to the California Dietary Practices Survey, nearly two-thirds of California adults report that it is difficult to get fruits and vegetabl...

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Effect of Fresh Fruit Availability at Worksites on the Fruit and Vegetable Consumption of Low-Wage Employees (2011)

  Exploring how easy access to fruits and vegetables affected the consumption and purchasing of FVs outside of work, this study ...

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Food and Beverage Marketing to Children and Adolescents: An Environment at Odds with Good Health (2011)

The science is clear: The environments where children grow up, play and go to school affect their diets and health. In this research brief, pre...

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Food Marketing in the Digital Age: A Conceptual Framework and Agenda for Research (2011)

Digital techniques are quickly evolving and unprecedentedly immersive. To assess the best ways to understand these new media effects, PHI's Ber...

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Health of California Women Receiving Food Stamps, 2006-2007 (2011)

A brief on the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey highlights that 75 percent of the adult heads of households receiving food ...

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How Communities Move Policy - Linking Locally, Regionally, Statewide, and Nationally to Create Change (2011)

The right regional, state or federal policies can provide unique leverage points for local efforts. But staying informed about work at other l...

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Power Play! Campaign’s School Idea & Resource Kits Improve the Determinants of Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Physical Activity (2011)

This article, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, investigates the impact of the Power Play! Campaign's Sch...

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Reliability of a Retail Food Store Survey and Development of an Accompanying Retail Scoring System to Identify Vendors for Healthy Food and Marketing (2011)

OBJECTIVE: To develop a retail grocery instrument with weighted scoring to be used as an indicator of the food environment. PARTICIPANTS/SE...

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Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments: Tips and Tools for Community Change - 2nd Edition (2011)

For a long time, strategies to prevent or reduce obesity and to increase healthy eating and physical activity have focused on individuals—tea...

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Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California (2nd Edition) (2011)

Welcome to the updated edition of Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California. Now an online resource, this primer&mda...

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Using an Opinion Poll to Build an Obesity-Prevention Social Marketing Campaign for Low-Income Asian and Hispanic Immigrants: Report of Findings (2011)

Using a random digit-dial survey to poll 905 Hispanic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Korean Californians adults with an income les...

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Working with Other Movements to Achieve Community Health Goals: Climate Change, Health in All Policies, and More (2011)

In California, two policy-oriented movements offer tremendous opportunities for communities working to build community health and health equity by ...

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Changing Lives, Saving Lives (2010)

A Step-by-Step Guide To Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs Helping s...

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Disparities in Prevalence of Obesity among California Women, 2007 (2010)

This is a brief that provides an overview of the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey. The survey asked 4,667 nonpregnant women...

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Youth to Watch: Making Healthier Communities (2010)

All across California, young people are living the reality of their environment every day. Youth engaged in reducing the disparities and inequities...

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California Convergence: Promise and Progress in Building a Movement (2009)

In June 2008, a group of community leaders from across California came together to imagine a healthier state: a place where all residents have acce...

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Case Studies: Eliminating Electrolyte Replacement Beverages in California Public Schools (2009)

In 2005, California passed some of the most stringent state legislation in the nation that set limits on the types of competitive foods and beverag...

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Engaging Communities in Changing Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments (2009)

The California Endowment’s Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) program and Central California Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) have ...

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Fact Sheet: California's Nutrition Standards (2009)

Nutrition standards regulate which “competitive” (also called “a la carte”) foods and beverages can be sold to students. Co...

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Fact Sheet: Classroom Messages (2009)

A healthy school nutrition and physical activity environment is one where nutrition and physical activity (PA) are taught and supported in the clas...

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Fact Sheet: Fundraising in Schools (2009)

Fundraising in schools brings in additional funds to support extra activities such as athletics and student clubs and is done by students, parent g...

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Fact Sheet: Marketing in Schools (2009)

Marketing in schools takes many forms. Marketing in schools includes product sales (such as foods/beverages sold on campus or items sold through fu...

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Fact Sheet: Physical Activity (2009)

It is recommended that young people (ages 6–19) engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity (PA) on most, and preferably all, days of ...

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Fact Sheet: Physical Education (2009)

Physical Education (PE) is planned instruction that builds motor skills and teaches movement concepts and the health benefits of regular physical a...

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Fact Sheet: School Breakfast Program (2009)

Studies show that children who eat school breakfast have better nutrition and academic performance than those who do not eat breakfast or who ...

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Fact Sheet: School Lunch Program (2009)

The School Lunch Program is a Federal program that assists public schools and non-profit private schools in providing affordable meals to children....

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Fact Sheets: California School Food and Beverage Standards (2009)

Schools provide a unique opportunity to advance kids' health, especially when it comes to providing a healthy food environment for growing chil...

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Fact Sheets: Let's Move California After School (2009)

After school programs are the perfect time and the place to ensure that youth are fit, healthy, and ready to learn.  These fact sheets, cr...

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Funding Prevention in California: Lessons from Past Efforts to Raise Revenues (2009)

The research is clear: Where people live, work, and play—the food and physical activity environment—is one of the most important elemen...

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Inspiring Youth as Partners (2009)

All over the country, from parents to communities to government, people are asking, why are young people so overweight? The Network for a Healthy C...

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Is the BMI for Californians Increasing? Trends in Weight and Body Mass Index among Californians (2009)

Estimates indicate that almost two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and that rates in obesity for the nation have increased from 15 perc...

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Local Network Success Stories (2009)

This brief is a California statewide compilation of FFY 2009 Success Stories from local Network for a Healthy California (NETWORK) projects. This c...

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Maximizing Opportunities for Physical Activity through Joint Use of Facilities (2009)

Recent studies have emerged linking physical activity with improved academic performance, classroom behavior and school attendance among children a...

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Networking to Inspire Healthy Change (2009)

This document provides information about nutrition services at select school-based networking sites that inspire healthy change.

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Parents in Action! Training Curriculum Evaluation (2009)

Parents can play a role in developing and ensuring the full implementation of their local school wellness policies (LSWP). Yet, for the most part, ...

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Physical Activity and Physical Education in California Schools (2009)

A Survey of District/County Office of Education Perceptions and Practices Schools play an important role in influencing student physical a...

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Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities and Challenges (2009)

In South Los Angeles, middle schoolers have the opportunity to demonstrate their physical activity skills, such as hip hop dance, to elementar...

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Psychosocial, Socioeconomic, Behavioral, and Environmental Risk Factors for BMI and Overweight Among 9- to 11-Year-Old Children (2009)

This study explored the risk factors for higher BMI and overweight in 9- to 11-year-old children using the 2007 California Children’s Healthy...

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Reducing Competitive Foods and Beverages in California Public Schools: Five Case Studies (2009)

Competitive foods and beverages are those items sold or provided in schools that are not part of the National School Lunch Program. This usually me...

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Safe Routes to School (2009)

Increased physical activity is associated with better academic performance, concentration and classroom behavior. Research shows that school-age ch...

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Brief: Research Implications School Wellness, Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation (2008)

A research brief about the research implications for state school boards association leaders.

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Debates from Four States Over Selling Soda in Schools (2008)

In 2006, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts and Maryland introduced legislation that included restrictions on the sale of soda in schools. That sa...

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Prevalence of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Physical Activity by Gender and Race/Ethnicity - California, 2005-2006 (2008)

Diets high in fruits and vegetables and participation in regular physical activity are associated with a lower risk for several chronic diseases an...

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School Wellness Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (2008)

Perceptions, barriers, and opportunities among school board members, state school boards associations, school wellness advocates, state public heal...

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School Wellness Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation: Research Implications for School Board Members (2008)

Studies have provided evidence that poor nutrition and limited physical activity among today’s children and youth can negatively impact their...

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The Relationship between Healthy Weight, Physical Activity and Neighborhood Environmental Factors among California Women, 2005 (2008)

This is the complete Data Points series from The California Women’s Health Survey (CWHS). The CWHS was established to collect, analyze, inter...

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A Growing Movement: A Decade of Farm to School in California (2007)

Serving food grown in California in the state’s schools is clearly not a recent development, but systematically connecting California’s...

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Working together: Policy Systems & Environmental Change for Community Health

Through its over 700 staff, 200 projects and 100 principal investigators, the Public Health Institute addresses emerging public health issues and s...

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