News and Press

Register for ENACT Nutrition and Physcial Actvity Day!
ENACT Nutrition and Activity Day is an opportunity for Californians from every corner of the state to gather at the state capitol and send the message: we want a state that better supports access to nutritious food and safe places to be physically active, and we want it now!  Learn more here.  Register here.

2014 County Health Rankings
March 2014
The County Health Rankings measures 29 health related factors, making it possible for communities to see the health problems they face and create local solutions to solve them. This is important information. But it is only as meaningful as the action it inspires, or the lives it can improve.  Learn more here.


5% Of Calories Should Be From Sugar
March 2014
The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to newly drafted guidelines.  Read more.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils New Standards for High-Quality After School Programs
February 2014
Far from being lost time, the hours after school and during summer can be opportunities for students to build on what they learn in the classroom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today as he released a new set of standards that define expectations for California’s high-quality expanded learning programs.  Read more.

The U.S. Can't Afford to Get Complacent about Obesity
February 2014, Washington Post
A government study found that the obesity rate for children ages 2 to 5 dropped by about 40 percent between 2003 and 2012.  This is encouraging but no reason for complacency. 
 Read more.

Food Labels to Get First Makeover in 20 Years 
February 2014
The ubiquitous nutrition label on food packages is about to get its first overhaul in 20 years, a change that is likely to have a dramatic effect on what people choose to eat and drink and what products sell in supermarkets.
Read more.

The White House and USDA Announce School Wellness Standards
February 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce proposed school wellness standards and roll out of breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low income communities.  Read more here.

YMCA of Silicon Valley Featured at Stanford School of Medicine's Health Symposium
January 2014
The YMCA of Silicon Valley was recognized at Stanford University's 12th Annual Community Healthy Symposium in January for their public-private partnership in fighting food insecurity and hunger during the summer.  The YMCA continues to be a passionate advocate for addressing food insecurity and takes a leadership role throughout the school year as well as during the summer.

Announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
January 2014
Bill Clinton announced at the Clinton Foundation’s  Health Matters Summit in La Quinta, CA the expansion of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s focus on Out-of-School Time to increase the ability of programs to purchase healthier food.  A World Fit for Kids! was an invited partner and attended the summit. While the Alliance has established a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs, all afterschool programs will be able to take advantage of their assistance in purchasing healthier foods at affordable prices!  Click here to learn more and check out the New Collaboration.  The Center for Collaborative Solutions and several of our HBI Learning Centers (A World Fit for Kids!, Woodcraft Rangers, and Sacramento START) have had long-standing collaborations with the Alliance’s Out-of-School Time work.

California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative
January 2014
The California Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) Collaborative (CCS is a proud member) brings together state leaders committed to improving student wellness and academic success.  By leveraging their collective resources, the collaborative members are building a statewide infrastructure that supports schools in updating and implementing their Local School Wellness Policies. Learn more about the collaborative and it's goals here.

New evaluation: A World Fit For Kids! keeps kids fit
December 2013
New evaluation finds that A World Fit for Kids! has a healthy impact on the kids it serves.  A World Fit for Kids! is one of the original HBI Learning Center programs.  View the full article on the Afterschool Alliance Blog.  View the research here.

New Soda Tax Makes Mexico a Leading Guardian of Public Health
November 2013
This month the new government of Mexico made history. In the country that consumes more soda per capita than any in the world, the national Congress struck a major blow for public health by passing a one-peso-per-liter tax on soda and an 8 percent tax on junk food. Separate legislation now pending would devote some of the revenue to build water fountains in schools throughout the country. That would enable Mexico to pull off a fabulous piece of policy alchemy: turning soda packed with sugar into water full of … H2O.  Read more.

Fast Food FACTS 2013
Fast Food FACTS 2013, a report released today by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, analyzes the nutritional content of fast-food meals, and the child-directed marketing practices of many of the biggest fast-food companies in the United States. It shows that restaurants still have a long way to go to promote only healthier fast-food options to kids.

Philanthropedia ranking of Nu/Pa nonprofits
October 2013
Philanthropedia ranks childhood nutrition/health nonprofits and many of our friends make the cut. Non-profit agencies who didn’t make the list but show promise worthy of mention include the Center for Collaborative Solutions.   Find out more.

New Study: Spike in Sugary Drink Consumption Among California Adolescents
October 2013
We are making progress with young children's consumption of sugary drinks but not with adolescents. This study shows an alarming 8% spike in consumption of soda and other sugary drinks among adolescents, the biggest consumers of these beverages.

When Schools Improve Meals, Positive Results Follow
September 2013
This article provides a national perspective on the new school meal standards for our school partners.  In California, as of today, 89% of the 1,329 school food authorities have been certified as meeting the updated meal standards!  


Kids Campus after school program gets a visit from Chef Johnny
September 2013
The HBI learning center at Kids Campus got good press about their food bank partnership. Congrats!!  Read the article here.

Kids Too Hungry To Learn
September 2013
A recent report found 73 percent of teachers said they regularly instruct hungry students who don’t have enough to eat at home, and 87 percent of principals said they consistently see hungry students in school. How do we help starving students?  Our own Dr. Andi Fletcher discusses this topic on HuffPost Live

CDC Releases School Health Study Results
August 2013
School districts nationwide are showing improvements in measures related to nutritional policies, physical education and tobacco policies, according to the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS).  SHPPS is the largest and most comprehensive survey to assess school health policies. Read more.

New USDA Report Shows More Adequate SNAP Benefits Reduce Food Insecurity
August 2013
A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS), shows the very positive impact of the 2009 SNAP benefits boost created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the harm caused by lower benefits. That is because the report shows that, as the value of SNAP benefits has declined due to inflation in food prices after 2009, there has been a significant increase (16.5 percent) in very low food security in SNAP households and a decrease (4.4 percent) in median food spending by SNAP households.

My Plate Kid Videos for Back to School
August 2013
The USDA ChooseMyPlate website has several new videos that are sure to inspire you to make changes... motivate you to eat healthier... and make you laugh out loud (LOL).

5 Action Items for Continuing the Childhood Obesity Fight
August 2013
Rates of childhood obesity showed the first signs of a small decline in 19 of 43 sites studied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this encouraging news, nearly 1 in 6 (17%) children and teens are obese, including 1 in 8 (12%) preschoolers. “We cannot become complacent,” says David L. Katz, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Childhood Obesity, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, and Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center (Derby, CT). Read more.  Learn more about the CDC report here.

Farm-to-Fork Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting the inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall to celebrate the abundant local products Sacramento has to offer. Farmers and producers of all types will display their products and educate Sacramento on how to eat local as well as the importance of local sustainability. The free outdoor festival will feature a large farmers’ market, educational displays, livestock, food and drink, live music, and much more.

Report Finds Fruits and Vegetables More Affordable than Packaged Goods
July 25, 2013
A report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released last week found that the price per serving for fruits and vegetables is often less than other, less healthful snacks and side dishes. CSPI determined that the average price per serving of fruit or vegetable snacks ($0.34) was nearly half as much as the less healthy snacks ($0.67) analyzed in the study. Read more.

The O-Word and the AMA: Reframing the Discussion to Create Policy Change
July 18, 2013
Last month, the American Medical Association officially labeled obesity a disease. The AMA’s decision has unleashed a flood of news reports and Op-eds, and the coverage largely emphasizes solutions focused on the individual, without discussing the critical need for a population approach.
We can’t let this conversation get away from us—it’s too important. We don’t yet know what effects the AMA’s decision will have, but it’s clear we’ve reached a crucial juncture in our national conversation about health. And among the challenges we face in moving forward with a public health agenda are the very words we use when we talk about chronic disease. The O-word keeps the focus on individuals, not on policies that could help curb harmful industry practices and create healthier environments.
Read more.

Elevated Blood Pressure Increasing Among Children
July 15, 2013, Los Angeles Times
The risk of elevated blood pressure among children and teens has risen 27 percent over a 13-year period, and is probably caused by over-consumption of salt and rising obesity, according to a new study. Read more.

Report: Poor Diet Highest Risk Factor for Premature Death in United States
July 10, 2013 
click to view chartA comprehensive study comparing the burden of disease across 187 nations worldwide has found that the United States continues to lose ground on key measures of health compared to people in other nations, with obesity and related diseases a primary factor. Researchers found that poor dietary habits now surpass smoking as the most important risk factor associated with years of life lost to disability and to premature death.  Read More.
Click here to view the complete abstract, including the chart above.

USDA Issues Interim Final Rule on School Snacks and Drinks
June 27, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an interim final rule last week that updated nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, stores and a la carte lines. The new standards are scheduled to take effect at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. In a statement, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said the new standards are “critical to addressing the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic and helping our most vulnerable children get the foods and drinks they need to grow up strong and healthy.”