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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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Statewide survey could map how COVID-19 is affecting food security, economics

June 24, 2020 | KNKX

Research studying food security in WA state affected by COVID-19 is highlighted, featuring project leads Adam Drewnowski and Jennifer Otten. The study is conducted in partnership with Washington State University, Tacoma Community College, and partners in local, county and state governments.

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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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It’s time to rethink the disrupted US food system from the ground up

June 5, 2020 | The Conversation

Jennifer Otten and Sarah Collier, discuss a key vulnerability at the very foundation of the food system: soil. On farms and ranches across the U.S., the health of soil is seriously compromised today. The article covers what’s at stake if we don’t begin addressing this soil health as a key resource, and how we should go about it.

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Experts across campus discuss future of food supply system

June 4, 2020 | The UW Daily

A review of a UW experts panel discussing impacts on the food supply featuring core faculty members Jennifer Otten and Adam Drewnowski.

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Initiative announces award of 21 COVID-19 rapid response grants

April 30, 2020 | UW Population Health

Nutritional Sciences Program researchers awarded Population Health Initiative grant to study impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Washington state food systems, food security, and food access. Faculty involved in the project include Adam Drewnowski, Jennifer Otten, and Sarah Collier.

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Seattle residents consuming fewer sugary drinks after city’s ‘soda tax’

April 16, 2020 | UW School of Public Health

New 12-month report co-authored by UW Center for Public Health Nutrition researchers Jessica Jones-Smith, Lina Walkinshaw and Vanessa Oddo offer surprise finding that one year after Seattle’s tax on sweetened beverages took effect, low-income children and their parents were consuming significantly fewer sugary drink.

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Lower-income kids in Seattle are drinking less pop than before soda tax, but so are kids outside the city

April 16, 2020 | The Seattle Times

Latest analysis of the Seattle’s soda tax and its impact on consumer purchasing choices authored by researchers from UW’s Center for Public Health Nutrition researchers Jessica Jones-Smith, Lina Walkinshaw and Vanessa Oddo.

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Increases in minimum wage may not have anticipated positive health effects, study shows

February 10, 2020 | UW News

Results of a new study from University of Washington Center of Public Health Nutrition finds that an increase in minimum wage really didn’t have a huge impact on health overall.

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20 changes you need to make in your life in 2020

January 7, 2020 | Insider

This article features a quote from Adam Drewnowski, director of the UW Nutritional Sciences Program and the Center for Public Health Nutrition offering advice to cook at home, rather than eating out, for a better diet at no significant cost increase.

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