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Studies show how the pandemic pushed the food system to the brink

January 9, 2022 |

UW researchers published a study commissioned by the state Department of Agriculture that focused on the resiliency of the state’s food system during the pandemic, and the adaptations made by the system.

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Winter food systems seminar to highlight food rescue innovation

December 16, 2021

It is estimated that one third of all food produced for human consumption in the world each year is lost or wasted.  By 2030, the United Nations has set a goal to cut this number in half, but how can we achieve this aggressive goal? For winter quarter 2022, the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health...

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Studies show extent of strain to Washington’s food access and food production systems due to COVID-19

December 14, 2021 | Washington State Department of Agriculture

A UW study commissioned by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) by researchers in the Center for Public Health Nutrition in the UW School of Public Health demonstrates how the COVID-19 pandemic affected access to food in Washington, in the areas of both food production and food assistance, and how the state can learn from the pandemic and take advantage of new opportunities.

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Washington state food assessment report: How the pandemic has affected food access

December 14, 2021 | Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

New UW study commissioned by the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows the pandemic’s strain on Washington’s food access and food production systems. This DEOHS blog post highlights the team’s findings.

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Survey of Washington state tribal communities illustrates how pandemic has exacerbated food disparities

December 7, 2021

Project finds barriers to traditional foods access and major disparities in food insecurity among Washington state tribal communities during the COVID-19 pandemic A recent survey of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals sheds further light on the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Washington State tribal communities. The project, the WA Tribal Food Survey (WATRIBAL),...

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Seeking Administrator within UW Nutritional Sciences Program

December 6, 2021

The Nutritional Sciences Program within the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for the staff position of Administrator. This position Find full details about the position responsibilities and application process on the UW Jobs Board.

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Fight climate change by eating your leftovers this holiday season

December 4, 2021 | The Verge

Marie Spiker is quoted in this article highlighting the global impacts of food waste on the environment and gives advice on how we as consumers can do our part by reducing food waste at home.

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How a key nutritional program adapted to the pandemic

December 1, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic created economic hardship and food insecurity for many families, a key governmental program for nutritional support pivoted to offer remote services and more flexible food options. As a result, participation and satisfaction with the program grew, according to findings from a new study by University of Washington researchers and the program,...

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Now recruiting new faculty

New faculty positions available in Nutrition and Food Systems at UW

November 23, 2021

The Nutritional Sciences Program within the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for two full-time (100% FTE) tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor and associate professor or professor with an anticipated start date as early as summer 2022.  Specific areas in which the program is interested...

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Focus on how to eat more effective than diet

November 15, 2021

At UW, dietetics students learn principles for delivering effective client care that goes beyond what you put on your plate.  Our society is obsessed with thinness, dieting, and fitness.  At the root of this obsession is a weight-biased belief that if you are a person in a higher-weight body, you lack willpower, are lazy, or...

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