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Undergraduate student scholarships for 2020-2021

October 22, 2020

Congratulations to our 2020-21 undergraduate scholarship recipients supported by the Food Systems, Nutrition & Health Major Fund, established by dedicated alumni and friends to ensure the Food Systems major thrives in its early years. Our outstanding recipients for this academic year were selected for their excellent academic achievement, dedication to community service and extracurricular activities,...

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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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Marian Neuhouser

Daily eating occasions and risk of type 2 diabetes

September 21, 2020 | Fred Hutch

How does meal frequency affect T2D risk? New study from Marian Neuhouser, core faculty in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program and researcher at Fred Hutch evaluated the association between the number of daily eating occasions with T2D risk and whether these associations varied by body mass index (BMI), age, or race/ethnicity.

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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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Marie Spiker

Dr. Marie Spiker joins Nutritional Sciences core faculty

September 9, 2020

The Nutritional Sciences Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Marie Spiker as a new member of our core faculty and growing team of food systems researchers.  Spiker is an assistant professor in epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health.  Spiker approaches public health nutrition through a food systems lens. Her research focuses on equitably nourishing...

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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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