In the News

Selected articles featuring University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program faculty, research, and other program activities. For full faculty listings, see Faculty.

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

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 14, 2018
Registered dietitian nutritionist Barbara Quinn reflects on the impact of nutrition on cancer risk. She quotes the Nutritional Sciences Program’s core faculty member Dr. Johanna Lampe. Dr. Lampe 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 SPH News, 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 SPH News, 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 SPH News, 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 roundtable 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 SPH News, 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 SPH News, 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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