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Spot urine sodium-to-potassium ratio predicts stroke risk

In an analysis of data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), UW researchers found that individuals with a urinary sodium-to-potassium ratio greater than 1 was associated with a significant 47% increased risk of stroke.  A urine sodium-to-potassium ratio less than 1 may be related to a clinically relevant reduction in stroke risk and is a feasible target for health interventions.

The study, published in Stroke in January was co-authored by Dr. Michelle Averill, a UW lecturer in environment and occupational health and a core faculty member in nutritional sciences.

Averill says, “This paper supports current dietary guidelines to reduce sodium and increase potassium. However, the majority of individuals do not meet current dietary guidelines, and the effort to meet the very low sodium diet recommendations by patients can be overwhelming and stressful. Our analysis may offer more feasible goals for patient populations.”

An interdisciplinary group of UW researchers collaborated with Averill on the findings including Robyn McClelland, a research professor in biostatistics, Joseph Delaney, a research associate professor in epidemiology, and Adam Drewnowksi, director for the center for public health nutrition and the nutritional sciences program.

Michelle Averill received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington and she now both lectures and researches in the field of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes. Averill is the clinical coordinator for the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Washington and she is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Alumni, faculty, community partners to gather to celebrate new major

Invited guests including Nutritional Sciences alumni, faculty and community partners will gather January 24 to help celebrate the program’s new major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health.

The event will be co-hosted by the Nutritional Sciences Program and June Bartell (BS ’79) and Kathy Kingen (BS ’79). The event offers an opportunity for guests to reconnect with classmates, catch up with faculty, meet new students and network with community partners.

More information

Nutritional Sciences faculty member listed among world’s most highly cited researchers for 2018

Marian NeuhouserDr. Marian Neuhouser, a core faculty member in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program has been recognized among the world’s most highly cited researchers for 2018.  Clarivate Analytics published their Highly Cited Researchers list which lists Neuhouser in the Social Sciences, general category.

Researchers were selected for their exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for their field and year in Web of Science.  The list includes scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist and an affiliate professor in epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health.  She is Program Head in the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch, and an alumna (‘96) of the UW Nutritional Sciences Program.

WIN 2019 Seminar: Aquatic Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

The theme for our WIN 2019 seminar is Aquatic Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health.

Food production can occur on land or under water. Aquatic food systems comprise fresh and saltwater resources, include wild and farmed aquatic organisms, and encompass outdoor and indoor systems, such as hydroponics and aquaponics. There is growing demand for knowledge about aquatic food systems and their management, both in Pacific Northwest and worldwide.

The Nutritional Sciences Winter 2019 Seminar explores the range of issues facing aquatic food systems, in the contexts of nutrition, health, and health equity. Critical issues include tribal fishing rights, overfishing, pollution, loss of biodiversity, environmental impact of fish farms, labor issues, and the threat of global warming and climate change.

The seminar is open to all UW students, faculty and staff. Students may register for NUTR 400 (SLN 18256, undergraduates) or NUTR 500 (SLN 18265, graduates).

The schedule of speakers is available here.

Cultivating Sustainable Food Systems to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Equity

The theme for our AUT 2018 seminar is Cultivating Sustainable Food Systems to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Equity.

Food systems contribute to and are affected by the major unsustainability crises of our time, both in the U.S. and globally. These challenges include malnutrition and food-related diseases; labor and immigration; international trade; poverty and inequality; and climate change and loss of natural resources, including wasted food. Each issue is complex and further complicated by rapidly evolving political, social, and ecological uncertainty.

How do food systems reorient toward sustainability—and even resilience—in the face of great uncertainty? The Nutritional Sciences Autumn 2018 Seminar explores the intersections and relationships needed to foster equitable, climate-smart, nutrient-rich, and productive food systems. Invited experts from UW and beyond represent highlights from interdisciplinary research and practice critical for promoting sustainable food systems, nutrition, health, and equity.

The seminar is open to all UW students, faculty and staff. Students may register for NUTR 400 (SLN 19324, undergraduates) or NUTR 500 (SLN 19330, graduates).

The schedule of speakers will be available here in late summer.

Rice Less Nutritious as CO2 Levels Rise
– New Study Published

A study published today 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 four key B vitamins. 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 and has received global news coverage. Results also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under higher CO2 concentrations has less protein, iron and zinc.

graphic of depleted nutrients in rice in study
Elizar Mercado, UW School of Public Health

Rice is the primary source of food for more than 2 billion people. Decreases in the nutritional content of rice could have a disproportionate impact on health outcomes in the poorest rice-dependent countries, according to the team, which includes researchers from the University of Washington schools of public health and medicine.

Selected News Articles:

Increasing CO2 levels reduce rice’s nutritional value
UW Medicine Newsroom, May 23, 2018

Rice becomes less nutritious as CO2 levels rise
Eureka Alert, May 23, 2018

Media Contact: University of Washington School of Public Health – Jeff Hodson:, 206.685.8904

University of Washington Commencement

2018 Graduation:
Celebrate Your Success!

The Nutritional Sciences Program/GCPD’s celebration is set for August 17 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House.

Save the dates, and get your celebration smiles ready!

At the Nutritional Sciences Program, many of our students graduate after completing practice experience in the Summer, so we enjoy an extended celebration period, beginning with UW’s Commencement June 9, all the way through mid-August.

Note for Students

Please check in with your advisors for relevant deadlines.

The 2018 School of Public Health Graduation Celebration is Sunday, June 10, at Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed Pavilion). It’s the biggest School-wide event of the year, with more than 3,000 people expected to attend. This is an inspiring event, and a great way to send off the next generation of changemakers. Dr. Benjamin Danielson, senior medical director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, is this year’s speaker. Dubbed the “quiet hero of health care” by The Seattle Times, Dr. Danielson is known for his upstream solutions to improving health and social justice.

The Nutritional Sciences Program/GCPD’s celebration is set for August 17 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House. Save the dates, and get your celebration smiles ready! See a set of consolidated links and timelines for UW Commencement, SPH Celebration, and NSP/GCPD Celebration on the page linked below.

More details on graduation events >


*Note: Ben Danielson will also give the UW Commencement speech on June 9, the day before the SPH Graduation Celebration. At the SPH Graduation Celebration, Dr. Danielson will speak directly to SPH students about the value of a public health perspective in confronting some of the greatest challenges of our time.

Sharon Feucht, MA, RDN, CD poses with Ben Atkinson, WSAND President, at the 2018 Ed-ucation Conference

Sharon Feucht – 2018 Washington State Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

At their annual conference, the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND) honored Sharon Feucht, MA, RDN, CD with the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award for 2018. This award is the most prestigious recognition given by WSAND and highlights notable leadership, ability, and service.

Ms. Feucht has been with the Nutrition section of the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) since 1985 working on various projects. She is an alumna of the UW Nutritional Sciences Program. Since 2008 Sharon has supervised nutrition fellows in the Leader-ship Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program for the University of Washington at CHDD.

“While it is true that it is part of Ms. Feucht’s job description as nutrition faculty on the LEND grant to supervise nutrition trainees, her mentorship goes beyond the training. She stays in contact with past trainees and makes herself available for career advice as well as clinical advice.”

-Award recommendation letter excerpt

Sharon is also the Project Director of the Nutrition Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) contract, providing training for the RDNs belonging to the CSHCN Nutrition Network. She is Editor of the Nutrition Focus Newsletter for CSHCN. In addition, she has written well-known chapters for books and manuals, such as Krause’s Food, Nutrition & Diet Therapy, and Samour and King’s Pediatric Nutrition.

Sharon received the 2015 Outstanding Preceptor Award from the University of Washington Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and in 2004, the Washington State Academy’s Excellence in Community Nutrition Award.

In addition to Sharon, the Nutritional Sciences Program’s MS Candidate Emily Conner also received an award.

Emily Conner, MS Candidate – Outstanding Student Award

Emily Conner, MS Candidate with the UW Nutritional Sciences Program
Emily Conner, MS Candidate with the UW Nutritional Sciences Program

The purpose of the Outstanding Student Award is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in Academy-accredited and approved dietetic education programs. The Academy established the outstanding student awards in 1994 to recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence and leadership in their dietetics program.

Emily Conner is an MS candidate with the Nutritional Sciences Program and has been described as “a rising star” in the field of dietetics. Per her nomination letter:

“Emily’s Teaching Assistant experience is so robust that she helps guide and lead less experienced TAs in writing lesson plans and leading independent workshops. Emily also works with undergraduate students to help get their work published in a journal, along with providing guidance on scientific writing methods and con-ducting thorough literature reviews. Additionally, she is a lecturer and member of the University of Washington’s ‘Sizeism and Weightism Advocacy Group,’ where she led a Health at Every Size 101 Workshop, May 2017.”


Congratulations to Sharon and Emily, and thanks for your contributions in our community!

Learn more about the 2018 award recipients.

Congratulations Cecilia Pérez, a 2018 Husky 100!

Cecilia Pérez, 2018 Husky 100 Awardee
Cecilia Pérez, 2018 Husky 100 Awardee

Special congrats to Nutritional Sciences minor Cecilia Pérez, a 2018 Husky 100!

The Husky 100 recognizes UW students who are making the most of their Husky Experience by actively connecting what happens in these spheres and applying what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future.

“As a Husky nurse, I am passionate about social justice and addressing health inequities. I hope to bridge healthcare gaps that communities of color disproportionately experience, especially within the Latinx migrant population.”

-Cecilia Pérez, pursuing a B.S.N., minor in Nutritional Sciences

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