Welcome to the first issue of Research to Action, the UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute news brief!
Research to Action - the Nutrition Policy Institute news brief

April 2017 | Vol. 1, No. 1


Welcome to the first issue of Research to Action, the UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) news brief bringing you research, policy, news, announcements, events, articles and action items focused on nutrition and healthy communities. 
Our first issue looks at the work of the National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA). NPI is the “hub” for NDWA, which engages in and coordinates evidence-based efforts going on all over the country to improve tap water safety and access, especially for children, and to provide drinking water education and promotion. The NDWA website is a “go-to” resource for information on drinking water. Please visit the NDWA website at:
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Improve Access to Safe Drinking Water in California


What is the issue?

The State of California is making a commitment to improve access to safe drinking water in California K-12 schools through:
National Drinking Water Alliance logo

Why does this matter?

The National Drinking Water Alliance works to educate Americans about healthy beverage choices. That means drinking plain tap water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. At the same time, we want to make sure the water we drink is safe. And water quality is especially important for young children, who can be more vulnerable to the toxic effects of contamination. It's important to know that most tap water in the United States is safe. However, we know that more than 300 California communities — more than 1 million Californians — do not have access to safe drinking water. And because there is no national or statewide surveillance system, we do not know how many homes, childcare sites or schools may have lead in their tap water. 

What can I do?

Let schools know about this opportunity to test for lead in tap water. Be sure to advise them about the Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program, designed to improve access to safe drinking water in schools by providing funds for improvements, with built-in technical assistance. Grants will prioritize schools where tap water is shown to have elevated levels of lead or of other contaminants such as arsenic or nitrates, both present in some California groundwater and drinking water supplies. Please download and print this informational flyer and distribute it to school district leaders, parents and advocacy organizations in your region. Encourage all districts, especially those with older facilities (plumbing fixtures or components that pre-date 2010) or those with known or suspected contaminants in their drinking water, to:


  • Best Practices for Promoting Healthy Nutrition, Feeding Patterns, and Weight Status for Infants and Toddlers from Birth to 24 Months:  Report & Summary 
  • Evaluation of Online and In-Person Nutrition Education Related to Salt Knowledge and Behaviors among Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participants:  Abstract
  • WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study 2: Infant Year Report: Report & Infographic


UC and Vox have partnered on Climate Lab, a new six-part video series on climate change solutions. Follow conservation scientist M. Sanjayan as he explores surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change.


May 17, 2017
Wendi Gosliner DrPH, RD
Seminar: "Improving Community Nutrition in the United States"

Program in International and Community Nutrition
UC Davis

May 30–June 2, 2017
Childhood Obesity Conference
San Diego, California





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