King County small and mid-sized farms could benefit with direct marketing support, according to report

May 16, 2019

King County farmers who sell direct to consumers, restaurants, and institutions could benefit by receiving support for direct marketing resources, according to a new report last week by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition (CPHN). The study was sponsored by King Conservation District (KCD), a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington...

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So long, sodium: Researchers work with local school districts to prevent heart disease

March 20, 2019 | By Ashlie Chandler

The hallways and classrooms of Auburn Riverside High School may have been deserted on March 11, but the kitchen was abuzz as more than two dozen food service managers learned fresh approaches to creating healthy meals for students. With kids out of school for a staff development day, cooks from across the school district in...

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Spot urine sodium-to-potassium ratio predicts stroke risk

February 20, 2019

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...

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2018-2019 Health Sciences Common Book: Marbles

July 13, 2018

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney Each year, the Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group selects a common book that will engage students from across the health sciences in substantive, interprofessional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice.​ Students, staff, and faculty in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy,...

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Rice Less Nutritious as CO2 Levels Rise – New Study Published

May 23, 2018

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....

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Sharon Feucht – 2018 Washington State Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

April 30, 2018

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...

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Speaking Event – The Nutrition Transition: How Food Choices Are Made

March 9, 2018

Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski will speak Thursday, March 15, at Taylor’s Toulouse University Centre on the nutrition transition. Dr. Drewnowski is the inventor of the Nutrient Rich Foods Index, which rates individual foods based on their overall nutritional value, and the Affordable Nutrition Index, which helps consumers identify affordable healthy foods. Lecture Summary:...

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ASPPH Highlights Collaborative on Obesity Research and Action (CORA)

January 21, 2018

In observance of Healthy Weight Week (January 20 – 26), the Association of Schools & Programs in Public Health highlighted what their members are currently doing in regards to the overwhelming levels of obesity around us. This includes our affiliated project, the Collaborative on Obesity Research and Action (CORA) at UW. The recent soda tax study featured here is...

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

December 27, 2017

Researchers from public health, social work and public policy will examine whether buying and drinking habits change. How will we know if Seattle’s new soda tax, which takes effect Jan. 1, actually reduces the consumption of sugary drinks? University of Washington researchers have been tasked with finding out, under a four-year study funded by the City...

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2017-2018 Health Sciences Common Book: Changing Planet, Changing Health

July 13, 2017

The Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group has selected this  year’s Health Sciences Common Book: Changing Planet, Changing Health by Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber Students, staff, and faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work are asked to read this book over the summer and come...

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