In the News

Selected articles featuring University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program faculty, research, and other program activities.  View our faculty directory.

Keto, fat and cancer: It’s complicated

Fred Hutch News, October 24, 2019
Marian Neuhouser and Mario Kratz, core faculty members with the UW Nutritional Sciences Program and researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are quoted in this article discussing  evidence known so far about best diets for cancer treatment and health.

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15 Simple Weight Loss Strategies That Work

Style Figures, July 24, 2019
Adam Drewnowski is quoted in this article and says that eating healthier does not cost that much more in terms of budget.  Drewnowski is director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and director of the Nutritional Sciences Program at the University of Washington.

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Getting fish to the table

UW Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, June 4, 2019
Through a collaboration with other UW investigators, Jennifer Otten and Emilee Quinn from UW Center for Public Health Nutrition and the Nutritional Sciences Program have learned that 60 species of West Coast groundfish have rebounded, and they’re hoping to connect communities with this affordable seafood.

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13 Simple Changes That Lead to Huge Weight Loss

Men’s Health, May 26, 2019
Adam Drewnowski and Judy Simon are quoted in this article, offering strategies for weight loss that help you eat healthier and stay on track.  Drewnowski is director of the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition and director of the UW Nutritional Sciences Program. Simon is a registered dietitian with UW Medical Center and a core faculty member with the Nutritional Sciences Program.

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Health claims in nutrition books can be a ‘volcano of nonsense.’ A new website is fighting back.

The Seattle Times, May 23, 2019
Dr. Mario Kratz, a faculty member in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program and a researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is quoted in this article highlighting redpenreviews.org , a resource to help consumers verify if health nutrition books are scientifically accurate.

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Hands on with the latest prostate cancer research

Fred Hutch News, May 14, 2019
Dr. Marian Neuhouser, a Fred Hutch nutritional epidemiologist and core faculty member in UW Nutritional Sciences highlights the importance of a healthy diet in lowering the risk of cancer, including prostate cancer.

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Nutrition expert: Food labeling needs harmonised and nutrient-rich profiling

EURACTIV.com, May 3, 2019
Adam Drewnowski, a professor of epidemiology, director of center for public health nutrition, and director of nutritional sciences at University of Washington suggests that policymakers should adopt harmonized nutrient-rich profiling on food labeling in order to address this.


Impetus builds to change status quo for sugary-drink sales

UW Medicine – April 3, 2019
UW Nutritional Sciences’ faculty Jim Krieger is featured in this story about two new recently-funded studies he will help conduct that examine the effect of taxing sugary drinks, and testing counter-marketing and healthy-beverage social media messages among parents of Latinx children age 0-5.

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Study points to grocery store gap, inequity in access to healthy foods in the Seattle area

UW School of Public Health – March 18, 2019
Seattle neighborhoods that are lower income or that have more Black or Hispanic residents have fewer options for healthy foods, more fast food and longer travel times to stores that sell produce, according to a new study by the University of Washington School of Public Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County, in Washington.

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Fifty Food Elements For a Healthy Future

The Science Times, March 13, 2019
The report on the Future 50 Foods was spearheaded by Adam Drewnowski, the director of the Center of Public Health Nutrition and Nutritional Sciences Program at the University of Washington.

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A new study links sugary drinks with disease. The reality is more complicated.

The Seattle Times, March 1, 2019
Mario Kratz, a research associate professor in epidemiology and a core faculty member in nutritional sciences is interviewed in this article discussing health effects of drinking sugary beverages, and the critical importance of gathering data from well-controlled diet-intervention studies.

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How available is healthy food in your neighborhood? A new study points to differences

Public Health Insider, February 28, 2019
Research by Jesse Jones-Smith, an associate professor in nutritional sciences, epidemiology and health services is highlighted in this feature about food insecurity and food access based on where you live in Seattle, King County.

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Healthy, low impact and tasty: Unilever and WWF name 50 foods we should be eating more

Foodnavigator.com, February 27, 2019
Adam Drewnowski, director at UW Center for Public Health Nutrition and nutritional sciences co-authored this resource naming 50 nutrient rich foods with a relatively low environmental impact.

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Washington: Faculty Member Takes Part in Study Linking Diet Drinks to Stroke, Heart Attacks

ASPPH, February 22, 2019
Research spotlight on a new study co-authored by Shirley Beresford, a UW senior associate dean and professor of epidemiology and nutritional sciences. The 4-year study looked at 81,715 women and correlated risk of stroke to consuming artificial sweeteners.

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‘Future 50’ food items identified in a new report

Down to Earth, February 22, 2019
Fifty foods were identified as food of the future in a report released February 20 by Knorr, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Adam Drewnowski, director at UW Center for Public Health Nutrition and nutritional sciences. Foods highlighted are nutrient-dense and less commonly cultivated.

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Knorr, WWF Suggest 50 Future Foods to Fix Our Food System

Sustainable Brands, February 20, 2019
From naturally pest-resistant grains to vitamin-rich flowers and drought-defying roots, this story highlights a recent report published by Knorr, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Adam Drewnowski, director at UW’s Center for Public Health Nutrition and nutritional sciences.

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WWF and Knorr launch the future 50 foods

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), February 20, 2019
What foods are highly nutritious, plant-based, and reduce the environmental impact of our food supply? Adam Drewnowski, a director of UW Center for Public Health Nutrition and nutritional sciences helped co-author this joint report published by Knorr and WWF.

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Amaranth and moringa on the sustainability menu

Footprint, February 21, 2019
Adam Drewnowski, director of UW’s Center for Public Health Nutrition and nutritional sciences partnered with Knorr and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to author The Future 50 Foods report which identifies 50 highly nutritious, affordable foods that also have a lower impact on the planet.

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Study shows diet soda linked to increased risk of stroke

KUOW, February 21, 2019
Shirley Beresford, a UW professor of epidemiology and core faculty in nutritional sciences is interviewed about a study she co-authored linking diet drinks to the risk of stroke or heart disease. Beresford is also a senior associate dean in the UW School of Public Health and an adjunct professor in health services.

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UW research finds that demographics determine our diet, but how we shop can change the ways stores stock

The Daily, February 19, 2019

Research findings co-authored by Adam Drewnowski, James Buszkiewicz and Anju Aggarwal are highlighted, explaining how Seattle King County property value surfaced as the driving determinant of diet over the other measured social factors, education and income.

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Diet drinks linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

UW School of Public Health, February 14, 2019
A study says diet drinks such as Diet Coke and diet fruit juice, are linked to an increase risk for stroke, and are particularly associate with blood clots of the small arteries. The new study was co-authored by Shirley Beresford, a senior associate dean, professor of epidemiology and core faculty in nutritional sciences at UW.

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In 10 years, 18 years’ worth of sugar

UW Medicine, February 12, 2019
Severe obesity in 10 to 11 year olds has now reached an all time high, according to this recent UK study. Dietician Judy Simon, a clinical faculty member in nutritional sciences at the UW, offers practical tips for parents on how to manage their kids’ sugar intake.

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Study: 97% of Seattle soda tax passed on to consumers through higher prices

KOMO News, February 8, 2019
A new report published by UW School of Public Health researchers estimates that nearly 100 percent of Seattle’s new tax on the distribution of sweetened beverages has been passed on to consumers through higher in-store prices.

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Study: Seattle’s minimum wage hikes didn’t boost supermarket prices

The Daily Herald, February 7, 2019
Jennifer Otten, core faculty in nutritional sciences and an associate professor in epidemiology is quoted in this article profiling a recent UW study she co-authored about Seattle’s minimum wage increase and it’s impact on child care costs.

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Salad, soda and socioeconomic status: Mapping a social determinant of health in Seattle

Urban@UW,  February 7, 2019
According to new research by faculty in the UW School of Public Health and Nutritional Sciences Program, findings show Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighborhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue.

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Two new studies published about the Seattle minimum wage ordinance

UW News, February 6, 2019
Researchers at UW continue to study the impact of the 2014 Seattle minimum wage ordinance. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students who have tracked various industries since the ordinance’s implementation just published tow new studies: These papers take a closer look at the effects on child care businesses and on food prices during the policy implementation.

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Seattle’s minimum-wage hikes didn’t boost supermarket prices, new UW study finds

The Seattle Times, February 6, 2019
Story highlights a UW study analyzing the impact of Seattle’s minimum wage on supermarket prices.

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At least half of child care businesses impacted by Seattle’s minimum wage

King 5 News, February 6, 2019
A law that has incrementally increased Seattle’s minimum wage is having an impact on more than half of the city’s child care businesses, according to a study by Jennifer Otten, an associate professor in nutritional sciences and environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington.

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Almond milk or cow milk:  which is healthier?

KUOW,, February 5, 2019 
Why many in the food industry are advocating for plant-based dairy substitutes to be labeled with the term “milk.”  But that won’t happen if the dairy lobby can help it, says UW dietitian nutritionist Judy Simon.

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The latest chapter in the low-fat, low-carb debate

The Seattle Times, January 30, 2019
Marian Neuhouser, core faculty member in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program is cited in this recent story discussing the ongoing debate and discussion about the merits of following a low-fat or low-carb diet.

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Navigating the aisle of non-dairy beverages

UW Medicine, January 25, 2019
Judy Simon, core faculty in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program, and a registered dietician and nutritionist in UW Medicine walks through what you should look for on non-dairy product labels to determine what’s the right choice for you.

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Salad or soda? Where you live shapes how you eat

KUOW, January 24, 2019
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and nutritional sciences discusses findings from a new study that looks at social disparities that affect health outcomes.

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What to eat—and how to feel better—during menopause

The Seattle Times, January 23, 2019
Judy Simon, a clinical faculty member in the UW Nutritional Sciences program recommends that women over 50 include healthy sources of calcium, vitamin K and magnesium in their diet, and check their vitamin D levels in order to promote bone health.

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Why you should wash those avocados

KOMO News, January 23, 2019
Cutting an avocado before washing the skin may expose you to harmful bacteria according to the FDA. Judy Simon, a UW dietitian, nutritionist and clinical instructor in nutritional sciences is quoted in this article.

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Salad or Soda: Mapping Social Determinant of Seattle

Worldhealth.net, January 20, 2019
New research on social disparities suggests those who live in waterfront neighborhoods in Seattle tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate 5 and Aurora Avenue, using local data to model food consumption patterns by city block with weekly servings of soda and salad serving as proxy for diet quality.

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Salad, soda and socioeconomic status: Mapping a social determinant of health in Seattle

UW School of Public Health, January 14, 2019
UW researchers geo-localized dietary data of nearly 1,100 adult participants of the Seattle Obesity Study based on their home addresses.  Co-authors of the study are featured in the story including Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology and director of the Nutritional Sciences Program and Center for Public Health Nutrition, and Anju Aggarwal, acting assistant professor of epidemiology and Center for Obesity Research.

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If the Seattle soda tax doesn’t reduce consumption, should it be cut?

KIRO Radio, January 10, 2019
New research conducted by researchers in the UW School of Public Health on Seattle soda tax is topic for discussion on Seattle’s Tom & Curley show on KIRO Radio.

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Soda tax briefing to Seattle City Council committee

KOMO 4 News, January 9, 2019
New research conducted by researchers in the UW School of Public Health on new soda tax is presented to the City of Seattle Finance and Neighborhoods Committee as part of a 3-year study requested by the city.

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Customers are Paying Nearly 100% of Seattle’s New Soda Tax, study says

The Daily Signal, January 9, 2019
University of Washington researchers studied the effects of the soda tax on the prices of taxed and untaxed drinks at various types of stores. The study found that, on average, 97 percent of the 1.75 cents per fluid ounce tax is paid by consumers, according to the January 2019 report.

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Study: 97 percent of Seattle soda tax passed on to consumers

KIRO 7 News, January 8, 2019
A report from University of Washington estimates that nearly 100 percent of Seattle’s new tax on sweetened beverages has been passed on to consumers through higher in-store prices.  Story highlights research by Jessica Jones-Smith, an associate professor in nutritional sciences, health services and epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health.

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Nearly all of Seattle’s soda tax is being passed on to consumers, new report shows

The Seattle Times, January 7, 2019
Jessica Jones-Smith, an associate professor of health services and epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health is cited in this article describing how Seattle’s tax on soda that began in January 2018 has affected consumer pricing.

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Farmer’s market incentive program in Seattle area gets more people to eat their fruit, veggies

UW School of Public Health, December 31, 2018
Emilee Quinn, a research coordinator at the Center for Public Health Nutrition is interviewed about a study she co-authored evaluating the effectiveness of three King County programs designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.

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Adam Drewnowski joins independent scientific advisory board at Nestle

Nestle, December 19, 2018
Dr.Adam Drewnowski, director at the Center for Public Health Nutrition and UW nutritional sciences joins other distinguished thought leaders in nutrition, food science, health related disciplines and engineering to advise on the company’s long-term scientific strategy.

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Dietary fat: From foe to friend?

Science, November 16, 2018
Marian Neuhouser, a core faculty member in UW Nutritional Sciences co-authored this paper in Science magazine which summarizes three contrasting positions on dietary guidelines for fat and carbohydrate consumption. The scientists agree that no specific fat to carbohydrate ratio is best for everyone, and that an overall high-quality diet low in sugar and refined grains will help most people maintain a healthy weight and low chronic disease risk.

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Lopsided I-1634 campaign, with millions from soda industry, blankets airwaves

The Seattle Times, October 13, 2018
Initiative 1634, backed to the tune of $13 million by a soda-pop industry that sees a threat to its profits in a growing wave of regulation, would ban local taxes on any food or beverage or ingredient intended for human consumption. Jesse Jones-Smith, associate professor of health services at the UW, is quoted.

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Fact-check: I-1634 ‘Yes to Affordable Groceries’

King 5 News, October 2018
KING 5 political reporter Natalie Brand fact checks an ad supporting I-1634, nicknamed “Yes! To Affordable Groceries.” Jessica Jones-Smith, associate professor of health services and core faculty in nutritional sciences at the UW, is quoted.

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Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages and Cardiometabolic Health

Circulation, July 30, 2018
Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty Jennifer Otten contributed to an American Heart Association working group that released the paper Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages and Cardiometabolic Health: A Science Advisory from the American Heart Association.

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Rice and Co2 Study in Global News

Altmetrics, June 7, 2018
The findings from an international research team analyzed rice samples from field experiments started by a University of Tokyo professor. The team includes the UW Nutritional Sciences Program’s Director Adam Drewnowski as a co-author. The paper received global media coverage from more than 90 outlets.

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Rising Co2 Levels Reduce Nutritional Value of Rice

UW SPH News, May 25, 2018
Higher levels of carbon dioxide were shown to reduce the nutritional quality of rice. The findings from an international research team analyzed rice samples from field experiments started by a University of Tokyo professor. It includes the UW Nutritional Sciences Program’s Director Adam Drewnowski as a co-author.

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Video Segment: Depleting Rice’s Nutritional Quality

UW Medicine Newsroom, May 23, 2018
A study published in Science Advances shows for the first time that rice grown at concentrations of atmospheric CO2 expected by the end of this century has lower levels of protein, zinc, and four key B vitamins. Co-author and UW Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski summarizes the findings and potential impact on crops and nutrition in a video.

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Right as Rain by UW Medicine, May 9, 2018
In light of the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, the Nutritional Sciences Program’s Clinical Faculty member Judy Simon shares tips from her experience as a clinical dietitian on making other leafy greens more palatable for eating.

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Vitalizing Vitamins and Supple Supplements

The Daily, May 10, 2018
NSP’s interdisciplinary faculty member and Vice Chair of the UW Department of Pharmacy discusses the effectiveness of taking vitamins for a healthy diet and the one vitamin UW students should definitely be taking.

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Seattle Collects More Than $4M from New Tax on Sugary Beverages

The Seattle Times, May 9, 2018
In a follow-up on Seattle’s soda tax implemented Jan. 1, 2018, the Seattle Times reports on revenues and consumption data collected so far. The Nutritional Sciences Program’s Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith shared an update on UW’s study of the impact.  She is co-lead of the study.

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Here’s One Obamacare Rule That’s Still Intact: Calorie Counts

KUOW, May 8, 2018
As the nation joins local King County in requiring calorie information on menus, Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski shares his expertise on how the new requirement might impact people’s food decisions.

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Will Calorie Counts on Menu Items Do More Harm Than Good?

The Washington Post, April 18, 2018
The Post reports on the Food and Drug Administration’s plans to enforce national menu labeling laws around calorie counts starting in May.  Clinical Instructor and Clinical Dietitian Judy Simon weighs in on the potential  impact of calorie listings on different kinds of people, including those with eating disorders.

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Nutrition Affects Cancer Risk

Monterey Herald, April 17, 2018
Registered dietitian nutritionist Barbara Quinn reflects on the impact of nutrition on cancer risk.  Quinn quotes Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty member Johanna Lampe who shares her expertise from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on how beneficial microbes in our gut may help fight off the development of colon cancer.

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Does Coffee Cause Cancer?

KUOW, April 4, 2018
Nutritional Sciences Program Lecturer Anne-Marie Gloster, RD, PhD, MPH who teaches one of the few coffee courses at a public research institution in the U.S., weighs in on the risk of cancer from coffee in the wake of a California judge’s recent ruling that coffee companies must display cancer warnings.

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Not All Veggies Are Created Equal. Some Are Superstars.

UW Medicine, March 16, 2018
Nutritional Sciences Program Director and creator of the Affordable Nutrition Index Adam Drewnowski answers questions on vegetable nutrition, affordability, and strategies for improving intake. This article also has a link to a related video of the interview.

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Another Fallout from the Great Recession: Fewer People Took Their Blood Pressure and Diabetes Medications

STAT, March 12, 2018
STAT reports on a newly published study looking at the hidden impact of the Great Recession on people’s health — and that those impacts could have long-term consequences. Associate Professor Jessica Jones-Smith weighs in with her research experience looking at socioeconomic factors’ impact on health outcomes.

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New Food Truck Class at UW

KUOW-FM NPR, February 13, 2018 (audio recording)
Lecturer Anne-Marie Gloster talks about the new course she designed, Food Truck Rodeo, and the concept of ‘Farm to Fork’.

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New UW Course Fueled by Food Truck Craze

UW School of Public Health, February 9, 2018
University of Washington students can learn about the mobile food industry as it relates to the larger food system in a new course from the UW School of Public Health called “Food Truck Rodeo.” Nutritional Sciences Program Lecturer Anne-Marie Gloster is quoted on the new course she designed (NUTR 390A).

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How to Eat Healthy: 25 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

SELF, January 18, 2018
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be convoluted. What’s important is that you stick to the basics, which is easy to do with these 25 commonsense tips. Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski is quoted.

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Washington Obesity Collaborative to Study Impact of Seattle’s Soda Tax on Health, Economics

ASPPH, January 17, 2018
For Healthy Weight Week, the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) highlight what their members are currently doing regarding the overwhelming levels of obesity in the U.S. This includes NSP’s affiliate, the Collaborative on Obesity Research & Action (CORA) at UW. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted on CORA, and the Seattle Soda Tax evaluation work.

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Soda Tax Goes into Effect Jan. 1

Q13 News, January 3, 2018
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health, School of Social Work and Evans School of Public Policy will study the effectiveness of Seattle’s new soda tax. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is interviewed.

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Seattle’s Soda Tax: Financial Incentive for Your New Year’s Resolution

KUOW, January 3, 2018 (audio recording & article)
Seattle’s new soda tax hit stores on January 1. Officials hope the tax – 1.75 pennies for every ounce of sugary drinks purchased – will help decrease obesity without hurting businesses. Scientists in Seattle will be monitoring the results. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted.

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University of Washington to Study Seattle Soda Tax

KING5, December 29, 2017
The City of Seattle gave the University of Washington $500,000 to study the socio-economic impact of the new soda tax. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted.

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Jesse Jones-Smith Co-Leads Study of Soda-Tax Impact on Seattle Health, Economics

Nutritional Sciences News & UW Medicine Newsroom, December 27, 2017
How will we know if Seattle’s new soda tax, which takes effect Jan. 1, actually reduces the consumption of sugary drinks? A multi-disciplinary team, led by obesity epidemiologist Dr. Jesse Jones-Smith of the UW School of Public Health and Dr. Nadine Chan of Public Health – Seattle & King County, will assess how the new tax changes buying and drinking habits over the next four years.

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UW Project Seeks Sustainable Blueprint for Hydropower Dams

UW News, December 13, 2017
An interdisciplinary team including Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski and other UW experts in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, and Environmental and Forest Sciences is working with Arizona State University on a research project funded by the National Science Foundation to address the critical issues of feeding people, generating energy, and maintaining functioning ecosystems.

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Mapping the Policy Landscape: Visualizing Nutrition Regulations in Early Childhood Care and Education

Arcade, November 14, 2017
Nutritional Sciences Program Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten and Tad Hirsch of Northeastern University discuss policy visualizations to illustrate complex systems, and explore how visualizations might better support public health and nutrition.

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Raising Seattle’s Minimum Wage Did Not Increase Supermarket Food Prices

UW School of Public Health, September 25, 2017
Raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $13 an hour did not affect the price of food at supermarkets, according to a new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health. This article features the work of Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten, epidemiology doctoral student James Buszkiewicz, and their work in the Minimum Wage Study Team.

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Road Map to Achieving a Sustainable, Equitable Food System in Washington

UW School of Public Health, September 9, 2017
Members of the Washington State Food System Roundtable, including a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health, address these food issues and others in a report released online this summer. Called a “prospectus,” the report presents goals and strategies to achieve a 25-year vision for the state’s food system. This article quotes round table member and Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten.

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Communities Cash in on Better Health, Lower Obesity Rates

UW School of Public Health, July 25, 2017
Research by Jesse Jones-Smith, Associate Professor and core faculty of the Nutritional Sciences Program, found that adding or expanding a tribal casino reduced the prevalence of Native American babies born large for gestational age, which is a risk factor for being overweight later in life.

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New Initiative Led by School of Public Health Researchers Expands Food Environment Research in Developing Countries

UW School of Public Health, June 9, 2017
A new initiative by researchers at SPH is accelerating food environment research in developing countries to address food insecurity and malnutrition. Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski and Acting Assistant Professor Anju Aggarwal are quoted in this article on food environment research.

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