Rebecca S. Mozaffarian

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OBJECTIVES We evaluated the quality of snacks and beverages served at YMCA after-school programs before and after the programs' participation in a YMCA Learning Collaborative. METHODS We collected data on the types and brands of snacks and beverages (including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, foods with trans fats, water, and sugar-sweetened(More)
OBJECTIVE Eating whole grains (WG) is recommended for health, but multiple conflicting definitions exist for identifying whole grain (WG) products, limiting the ability of consumers and organizations to select such products. We investigated how five recommended WG criteria relate to healthfulness and price of grain products. DESIGN We categorized grain(More)
Current cancer care focuses on procuring the most up-to-date therapy to prevent cancer death. However, the majority of cancer survivors will not die from cancer but from cardiovascular disease.A cancer diagnosis presents a 'teachable moment' for lifestyle behavior change.Changes in key behavioral risk factors reduce cardiovascular risk; yet, this potential(More)
PURPOSE Evaluate the effect of an after-school intervention on physical activity program changes and individual behaviors among children. METHODS A quasi-experimental evaluation of a YMCA-driven environmental change intervention with 16 intervention and 16 control sites in four metropolitan areas in the United States. Intervention sites participated in(More)
INTRODUCTION A common perception is that healthful foods are more expensive than less healthful foods. We assessed the cost of beverages and foods served at YMCA after-school programs, determined whether healthful snacks were more expensive, and identified inexpensive, healthful options. METHODS We collected daily snack menus from 32 YMCAs nationwide from(More)
INTRODUCTION Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with negative health effects. Access to healthy beverages may be promoted by policies such as the Healthy Beverage Executive Order (HBEO) established by former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino, which directed city departments to eliminate the sale of SSBs on city property. Implementation(More)
INTRODUCTION Competitive beverages are drinks sold outside of the federally reimbursable school meals program and include beverages sold in vending machines, a la carte lines, school stores, and snack bars. Competitive beverages include sugar-sweetened beverages, which are associated with overweight and obesity. We described competitive beverage(More)
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