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Research Shows the Importance and Paradox of Early Childhood Care and Education

October 8, 2020 | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This story highlights research by Jennifer Otten that highlights the deep crisis ECCE providers and teachers face and how low wages force many to the brink of poverty. Many lack access to health insurance or paid sick or family leave.

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UW and WSU collaborate to advance food systems education in Washington

October 7, 2020

The University of Washington and Washington State University are embarking together on a project to strengthen and transform food systems education in Washington State. The two institutions have been jointly awarded a Higher Education Challenge planning grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)....

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Food insecurity highest among low-income groups and persons of color

September 24, 2020

Food insecurity has spiked post Covid-19, affecting an estimated 30% of households in WA State and bringing many pre-existing social inequities to light. Highest rates were observed among households below the poverty line (58%), with some college education or less (44%), and for persons of color (42%).  Households with children were also affected. Of the...

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Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic

September 15, 2020 | knkx.org

Since the onset of the pandemic, food insecurity rates have more than doubled in WA state, according to UW Nutritional Sciences and Center for Public Health Nutrition Center researchers who comment on the recently compiled the results from their first round of a statewide survey. 

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Changes to food system needed to reduce consumer food waste, new report says

August 27, 2020 | UW School of Public Health

Jennifer Otten, associate professor in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program co-authored this new report which identifies recommendations for reducing consumer food waste at a national level.

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Food label fight splits EU

August 19, 2020 | CGTN

Adam Drewnowski comments on new food labeling proposed as a component of the ambitious European Green Deal.

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Collaborating for health equity

August 19, 2020 | UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Nutritional Sciences core faculty members Jennifer Otten, Adam Drewnwoski, Sarah Collier, and Yona Sipos awarded population health equity research grants by the UW Population Health Initiative.

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School awarded six COVID-19 population health equity grants

August 17, 2020 | UW School of Public Health

Nutritional Sciences Program faculty Jennifer Otten, Adam Drewnowksi, Sarah Collier, Yona Sipos among researchers involved in new UW Population Health Initiative COVID-19 healthy equity research projects. Read more about the studies in this story by UW School of Public Health.

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Obama-era school nutrition policy led to better diets for students but faces changes

July 28, 2020 | UW School of Public Health

UW Nutritional Sciences researchers Jessica Jones-Smith, Cristen Harris and Kelsey Kinderknecth conducted the first nationally representative study to assess specifically how the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – championed by former first lady Michelle Obama and signed into law by former President Barack Obama – impacted the overall nutritional quality of school meals eaten by students, rather than meals served.

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Study asks Washington state residents to describe food security and access during pandemic, economic downturn

June 24, 2020 | UW News

Online survey launched by Center for Public Health Nutrition gathers data on how the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have affected food access and economic security to Washington state residents.

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