News and Press

Widespread Student Acceptance of Healthier Lunches Reported by School Leaders
July 2014
Seventy percent of elementary school leaders nationwide reported that students generally like the healthier school lunches that rolled out in fall 2012, according to a study published online today in Childhood Obesity. An accompanying research brief shows 70 percent of middle school students and 63 percent of high school students also like the meals. These are the first national studies to examine students’ reaction to the healthier meals. Read more.

USDA 'Smart Snacks' Standards Takes Effect
June 2014
Under the USDA's "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards, America's students will be offered healthier food options during the school day.  The standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.  See highlights of the standards here.

Impact of Healthier School Meals
June 2014
An infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) shows how more than 30 million kids in the United States have healthier school meal options than children had 10 years ago.

School's Out...Who Ate?
June 2014

This annual report published by CFPA examines the reach of summer nutrition programs across the state. This year's report reveals that nearly two million of California's most vulnerable kids are falling into the summer nutrition gap. That is, over 80 percent of the state's low-income children and youth who benefited from free or reduced-price lunches during the academic year missed out on such meals during the summer of 2013.  Read more here.

Study Shows 1 in 3 Hospitalizations in CA Tied to Diabetes
May 2014
This study takes the first comprehensive look at the impact of diabetes on hospitalizations and hospital costs in California. The prevalence of preventable diabetes in California has jumped 35% over the past decade. For 2.4 million Californians and their families, diabetes has become a common and painful reality, too often leading to amputations, blindness, cardiovascular disease and premature death. Diabetes management and prevention policies, including those that improve diet by reducing sugary drink consumption will help curb this disease and its related costs.  

National Physical Activity Report Card Released
April 2014
The United States gets a D- grade for overall physical activity by children and youth, according to a national report released by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance and the American College of Sports Medicine. The report assesses national performance on a series of physical activity indicators, including sedentary behaviors (Grade: D), active transportation (Grade: F), organized sport participation (Grade: C-), schools (Grade: C-) and the built environment (Grade: B-).  Read more 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.