Friday, January 12, 2018

Breaking Habits: The Effect of the French Vending Machine Ban on School Snacking and Sugar Intakes | JPAM Feature Article

There is consistent evidence showing that food and drinks sold from vending machines (VMs) have on average a higher energy-density, and access to VMs in schools has been associated with unhealthy diets and excess weight in children. From September 2005, the French government has banned VMs from all middle and secondary schools. This paper evaluates the impact of the ban on the nutrient intakes and school snack frequency of schoolchildren, and consider intakes from out-of-school meals.


Mathematica’s Experts Present at Welfare Research & Evaluation Conference 2013

May 23, 2013 09:00 AM

Mathematica Policy Research's family support experts will present findings and moderate discussions on diverse topics at the 16th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference in Washington, D.C., from May 29 to 31. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Barbara Devaney, Mathematica’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as moderator and discussant for a session on Recent Findings from Marriage Research.

Mathematica is a nonpartisan research firm that provides a full range of research and data collection services, including program evaluation and policy research, survey design and data collection, research assessment and interpretation, and program performance/data management, to improve public well-being.

Mathematica will showcase its research contributions that have helped families and individuals with welfare and employment. Highlights include moderating a session on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work requirements and a paper presentation on this topic. Experts will also share research on coordinating integration between TANF and Workforce Investment Act programs and contribute to a roundtable discussion on Assessing State TANF Agencies’ Program and Research Needs.

Self-sufficiency for at-risk youth and other populations will be the focus of several sessions. Presentations include developing a self-sufficiency framework for at-risk youth, insights on youth aging out of foster care, and first findings from the Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration. Research on responsible fatherhood programs and human services needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations are also slated.

Rounding out this year’s conference offerings, Adam Coyne, vice president and director of public affairs at Mathematica, will give a presentation offering his perspective on dissemination trends in policy research.


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