The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity was founded in 2005 with the mission to promote solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet and weight bias through research and policy. Over the past 15 years, Rudd researchers have studied federal food programs, school wellness policies, the effect of food marketing on children, and the relationship between food insecurity and nutrition. Dr. Schwartz will provide an overview of past and current policy efforts to improve the food environment, including the inside story of what it took to improve the food in schools. She will conclude with ideas about where the field needs to go in the future and how we can all be part of the solution.
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. (Yale) is the director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Prior to joining the Rudd Center, she served as co-director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders from 1996 to 2006. She has received research grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the USDA, and the National Institutes of Health. In 2014, Dr. Swartz received the Sarah Samuels Award from the American Public Health Association and in 2016 she was an honoree at the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
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