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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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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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New website highlights food systems experts and educational opportunities across UW

October 28, 2021

A new Food Systems at UW website has been launched to provide a central resource hub of people, organizations, and educational opportunities related to food systems at UW. The website was initiated by the UW Food Systems Education and Research Network, and this network aims to:  Bring together UW experts from multiple disciplines to address...

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UW Food Systems Walking Tour highlights

UW Food Systems Walking Tour Highlights

October 7, 2021

Many thanks to all the UW Huskies who joined us October 1, 2021 for our UW Food Systems Walking Tour! The tour, organized by the Nutritional Sciences Program’s Student and Academic Services team, explored the University of Washington’s food system and was a featured activity as part of the 2021 Autumn Dawg Daze events. Tour...

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UW Food Systems Walking Tour

Join the UW Food Systems Walking Tour October 1

September 27, 2021

Join representatives from the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major for a guided tour of campus to explore the University of Washington’s food system, an activity sponsored by UW Nutritional Sciences Program as part of the 2021 Autumn Dawg Daze events. The tour will make stops at the Medicinal Herb Garden, outside the UW Food...

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Jessica Jones-Smith

Jessica Jones-Smith to present at Fred Hutch on children’s diet quality research

September 21, 2021

Jessica Jones-Smith, an associate professor of epidemiology and a core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program will present at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Seminar on September 22, 2021. Jones-Smith will be discussing some of her recent research investigating the association between the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and Children’s Diet Quality....

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Alissa Bilfield

Dr. Alissa Bilfield joins Nutritional Sciences core faculty

September 8, 2021

The University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Alissa Bilfield as a new member of our core faculty and growing team of food systems faculty.  Bilfield began her appointment as an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences  in the UW School of Public Health September...

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Group photo of students graduating from GCPD in 2021

Congratulations to 2021 master’s and GCPD graduates

August 20, 2021

Friday, August 20, we recognized the accomplishments of our students who will complete their graduate degrees and Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) training in 2021. The small gathering consisting of students, staff, and faculty took place in the UW Quad.  Anne Lund, the program director said, “Graduation looked a little different this year as...

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Autumn 2021 Future of Food Systems, UW Food Systems Nutrition and Health Seminar

Autumn seminar ‘Future of Food Systems’ announced

August 19, 2021

There is growing urgency for our food systems to be more sustainable, resilient, and equitable. But how?  The UW Nutritional Sciences Program will welcome experts and practitioners currently working at the forefront of these challenges to advance this conversation during our autumn 2021 Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Seminar.  Guest speakers will include Michael Fakhri,...

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UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

WAFOOD food security survey now open to WA residents

July 15, 2021

A third wave of the WAFOOD Survey is now active, and asks all Washington State residents over the age of 18 to provide information on their household food access, economic security, and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier findings gathered in June and July 2020, found that 30% of WA households were food insecure,...

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