A selection of news items written by or involving HCPE faculty members.

May 08, 2015

Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH, is quoted in this article about attempts to bring healthy food to underserved neighborhoods.

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April 27, 2015

Marie Bragg, PhD, testified before the New York State Assembly on a bill to put a warning label on sugar sweetened beverages like soda, drawing on her research into food labeling and its impact on consumer choice. Dr. Bragg's testimony begins at about 90 minutes in.

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March 16, 2015

Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH

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February 26, 2015

Having good full-service supermarkets in poor neighborhoods doesn't mean children will have healthier diets, a new study suggests. "Low-income and ethnic minority neighborhoods are underserved by supermarkets relative to their higher-income counterparts, and it would appear to be logical that increasing availability of healthful foods could improve diets," said study author Brian Elbel, an associate professor of population health at NEW YORK UNIVERSITY in New York City. "However, we do not yet know whether or under what circumstances these stores will improve diet and health," Elbel explained in an NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER news release. "Food choice is complex, and the easy availability of lower-priced processed foods and pervasiveness of junk food marketing have implications for behavior change as well." The researchers surveyed parents and other caregivers of children aged 3 to 10 in two neighborhoods in New York City. One neighborhood had a new, government-sponsored full-service supermarket that offered greater varieties of fresh, affordable fruit and vegetables, while the other did not.

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