Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is a nationally recognized research program. Our goal is to improve the understanding of how policies and environmental factors affect diet, physical activity and obesity among youth, as well as youth tobacco use.

What We Do

  • Identify the policy and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on diet, physical activity, obesity and tobacco use among youth.
  • Track trends and changes in these factors over time at the state, community and school levels.
  • Disseminate findings to help advance solutions for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and preventing young people from smoking.

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Latest Research Products

Research Brief

Research Brief

Availability of Healthy Food Products at Check-out Nationwide, 2010–2012

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Research Brief

Research Brief

Prepared Foods Sold in Supermarkets, Grocery Stores, and Convenience Stores

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Research Brief

Research Brief

Improvements in School Lunches Result in Healthier Options for Millions of U.S. Children

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