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Keeping Children’s Weight on Track: A Pathway to Health and Well-Being

This report card examines children’ weight over time. We looked at almost 3,000 infants and toddlers from low-income families who started life in a healthy state  – born at a healthy birth weight and at term. Most children remained at a healthy weight at both visits (on average 1 year apart). Children with an unhealthy […]

Keeping Science at the Center of Nutrition Policy

Every five years Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act, which is designed to meet the nutritional needs of children from the prenatal period through adolescence. The Act includes the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast […]

What is the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and why does it matter?

When I took my 7-month-old daughter, Beatrice, to daycare today I received an application for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the federally funded nutrition program which provides meals for children across the country in child care settings. After I glanced at the application packet and said hello to the other parents dropping […]

Born to Thrive Minnesota Summit: Growing Strong, Smart Kids through Healthy Eating and Active Play

On December 9, 2014, Dr. Diana Cutts, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator and Pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center, presented at the Born to Thrive Minnesota Summit on Perspectives from the Field. Click here for presentation slides.

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Investing today to create a more productive workforce tomorrow

In 2012, I was introduced to the work of Children’s HealthWatch as part of a volunteer strategic consulting team. My fellow Yale MBA colleagues and I spent months reviewing their work by conducting interviews with policy makers and discussing ways in which the research of Children’s HealthWatch could make a bigger impact. During these months […]

Healing the whole child is health care innovation

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, I immediately began to worry about its impacts on the bodies of the very young patients in my Growth and Development clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock. Moreover, the data we collect in the Pediatric Emergency Department corroborated what I sensed from my patients to […]

Research on Healthy Eating for Young Children

Spoke about food insecurity and CACFP on a panel at the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children’s “Symposium on Nutrition for Young Children in Massachusetts” in Boston, MA.

Child and Adult Care Feeding Program-Policy Briefing

Was a member of the policy briefing panel-spoke about our research findings on CACFP

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Child Care Feeding Programs Support Young Children’s Healthy Development

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on the benefits of childcare feeding programs.