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Prevention Research Centers: 30 Years of Building Healthier Communities

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Act Increases Access to Nutrition Information

In 2000, the Maine Bureau of Health and the Maine Center for Public Health joined with Harvard University PRC to create a new center focusing on the statewide problem of childhood obesity. Research results informed a statewide ban in 2007 on advertising of unhealthy snacks on school property. The statewide ban was signed into law June 15, 2009. The Harvard University PRC later sponsored statewide conferences that prompted requiring calorie labeling on menus of chain restaurants (20 or more establishments).