The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, which has been housed at Yale University since 2005, announced that they will be moving to the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Hartford in January 2015.
The Rudd Center is a nationally-recognized nonprofit research center whose primary goal is to inform policy decisions regarding obesity prevention. Ultimately, they hope that the move will enable researchers to further their research and spark new collaborations with UConn’s many experts in several key areas including nutrition, public policy, agriculture, obesity and more.
“The Rudd Center has developed an outstanding national and international reputation for sound science and strategic policy advocacy,” said Mun Choi, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at UConn. “We are thrilled to have the Rudd Center join UConn as we build a growing record of excellence at our institution.”
PreventObesity.net Leader, Marlene Schwartz is the Rudd Center’s Director. She echoes his sentiments: “We are excited to join UConn and the community of world-class researchers whose work is relevant to childhood obesity and weight stigma. By joining UConn during this monumental time of growth, the Rudd Center will remain a leader in addressing how home environments, school landscapes, neighborhoods, and the media shape the eating attitudes and behaviors of children.”
The move will also geographically position the Rudd Center close to the state’s policy hub in Hartford. In their press release they note that, “The Rudd Center will remain a leader in food policy and the broader context of the social determinants of obesity.”
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