Harvard University, Prevention Research Center
In 2000, the Maine Bureau of Health and the Maine Center for Public Health joined with Harvard University’s PRCexternal icon to create a new center focusing on the statewide problem of childhood obesity. Research results led to a statewide ban (2007) on advertising of unhealthy snacks on school property. The Harvard-Maine PRCexternal icon subsequently sponsored statewide conferences that prompted advocacy on legislation requiring calorie labeling on menus of chain restaurants (20 or more establishments; signed into law June 17, 2009).
Partnership between Harvard University Prevention Research Center, Maine Center for Public Health, and the Main Bureau of Health, led to successful nutrition legislation.