Nutrition & Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network

NOPREN informs policies and practices designed to support the equitable intake of healthy, nutritious foods so that everyone has a fair chance at health.

Our collaborative network includes policy researchers and evaluators, practitioners, people representing professional organizations and community organizations, and people working in government agencies.

We seek to understand the effectiveness of policies and practices enacted at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels, and their impact on access to healthy food and water, food security, dietary intake, and health.

NOPREN Members Engage with the Network in Two Primary Ways:

Anyone can join NOPREN!



2024 HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 

The goal of the fifth annual Summer Speaker Series for Students is to explore various public health nutrition topics related to food and nutrition security, federal nutrition assistance programs, and nutrition equity through research, policy, and practice. Each week will feature presentations from speakers across different public health sectors on the fundamentals of the topic and give participants opportunities to network with experts in the field. Students of all levels are encouraged to attend.

This series is a collaborative effort of Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).

The series will consist of 5 webinar presentations spanning timely and fundamental topics from school meals, Food is Medicine, food service contracts, childhood food security and WIC, and collaborating across sectors. The presentations will be held on the following Wednesdays from 4-5pm ET: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7, 2024. 

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Call for Papers

Promotion of Health and Wellness in Early Childhood Settings Special Issue Honoring Dr. Dianne Stanton Ward - submit manuscripts by October 1, 2024. For submission instructions, click here

Highlighted Resources



Early Childhood Work Group Meeting

Date: Monday, June 17, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Resilient Food Systems & Nutrition Work Group Meeting

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Drinking Water Work Group Meeting

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm EST

HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series: Session 2

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST