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September 15, 2020

Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic

National Guard volunteer helping pack food at Norwthwest Harvest

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. 


August 28, 2020

Changes to food system needed to reduce consumer food waste, new report says

Edible food thrown into consumer trash can

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.


August 19, 2020

Food label fight splits EU

Example of EU food labeling

Adam Drewnowski comments on new food labeling proposed as a component of the ambitious European Green Deal.


Collaborating for health equity

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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.


August 18, 2020

School awarded six COVID-19 population health equity grants

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Nutritional Sciences Program faculty Jennifer Otten, Adam Drewnowksi, Sarah Collier, Yona Sipos among researchers involved in new UW Population Health Initiative COVID-19 healthy equity research projects. Read more about the studies in this story by UW School of Public Health.


August 3, 2020

Obama-era school nutrition policy led to better diets for students but faces changes

Michelle Obama with children in school cafeteria

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…


June 26, 2020

Outdoor dining and drinking is allowed. But is it safe?

Diners eating outdoors at street cafe, being served by masked servers.

Nutritional Sciences lecturer Anne-Marie Gloster contributes to this comprehensive piece offering advice for dining and drinking outdoors and outside the home during the coronavirus pandemic.


June 24, 2020

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

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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.


Study asks Washington state residents to describe food security and access during pandemic, economic downturn

Knife and fork on plate

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.


June 16, 2020

Is It Actually Safe to Host a BBQ This Summer?

BBQ on picnic table

Anne-Marie Gloster is quoted offering expert advice on public health safety at barbecues and outdoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic this summer.



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