UConn Rudd Center


The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma. The Rudd Center is a leader in building broad-based consensus to change diet and activity patterns, while holding industry and government agencies responsible for safeguarding public health. The Center serves as a leading research institution and clearinghouse for resources that add to our understanding of the complex forces affecting how we eat, how we stigmatize people with obesity, and how we can change.

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The Rudd Center was founded in 2005 by Kelly Brownell, PhD, at Yale University, with a contribution from the Rudd Foundation. Key initiatives were launched as part of the Rudd Center’s work, based on a core philosophy of creating the greatest impact by working through important institutions that affect food policy and public health, such as schools and communities, government agencies, scientific and medical communities, and the media. This approach has distinguished the Rudd Center as a multi-disciplinary policy research center dedicated to providing high-level expertise and guidance on obesity prevention and food related policy.

After 10 successful years at Yale, the Rudd Center joined the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) in 2015. The alignment between UConn and the Rudd Center provides a new platform for researchers to elevate their work to improve the food environment and public health. UConn’s commitment to multi-disciplinary scientific collaboration and research on health and wellness provides new and ideal opportunities for the Rudd Center to further its mission of making significant contributions to the understanding of our toxic food environment, the complex forces affecting how we eat, societal stigma against individuals with obesity, and how we can address these problems to optimize public health.

Since its inception, the Rudd Center has been clearly established in both national and international circles as the place where science and public policy intersect, where new and constructive dialogue takes place, and where innovation linked to action is a guiding philosophy. Ranked as one of the highest-performing childhood nutrition and health non-profit organizations in the country, the expertise and resources provided by the Rudd Center have been established through creative, collaborative relationships with institutions and individuals with expertise in the many areas relevant to food policy and obesity. These include but are not limited to economics, law, politics, medicine, nutrition, public health, public policy, media, and community organizing.