What’s for Lunch? The Past, Present, and Future of School Nutrition

Speaker: Marlene Schwartz, PhD
Length: 1:01:55 minutes

Each day, 30 million children participate in the National School Lunch Program, which was established in 1946 to ensure adequate nutrition for American school children. Over the past 10 years, the nutritional quality of school meals has improved substantially - despite political and commercial obstacles. This webinar will address recent and current debates surrounding school food and highlight the importance of public health nutrition research to guide policymakers.

Bio: Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. is the Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health and Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at UConn. Dr. Schwartz studies how nutrition and wellness policies implemented in schools, food banks, and local communities can improve food security, diet quality, and health outcomes. Dr. Schwartz earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University. Prior to joining the Rudd Center, she served as Co-Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders for a decade. She has received research grants to support her work over the past 20 years from funders including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health.?

Read an in-depth interview with Dr. Schwartz:
Interview with Marlene Schwartz, PhD

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