Nutritional Sciences Program

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February 17, 2021

How the UW food pantry has adapted to rising food insecurity in the state

Sign saying Now Open UW Food Pantry

The Daily highlights how the UW Food Pantry is adapting to address food insecurity, and what UW Nutritional Sciences Program researchers involved in the WAFOOD survey have assessed thus far about state-wide food insecurity trends during the pandemic.


February 10, 2021

Michelle Obama is continuing her mission with a Netflix children’s show, ‘Waffles + Mochi’

Michelle Obama lunch program

Former first lady Michelle Obama to expand the work she started with her “Let’s Move” campaign which helps kids eat better and live healthy lives. A UW study published this year in JAMA by Nutritional Sciences Program researchers is noted. The study authors include senior study author Jessica Jones-Smith, Kelsey Kinderknecht, and Cristen Harris. The…


January 26, 2021

WAFOOD survey receives support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

Among the several non-profit organizations and programs receiving recent emergency funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the University of Washington Foundation has received a gift in support of the WAFOOD food insecurity survey. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has to date provided $12 million in emergency funding to provide relief to the…


January 25, 2021

New COVID-19 Grants to Boost Efforts Toward Economic and Social Relief

Food donation volunteers

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announces $1.4 million in emergency funding focused on getting the state’s underserved populations the food, child care, and stability they need most during this time. The gift includes direct support to the collaborative research by UW, WSU, and Tacoma Community College on food access in Washington State due to COVID-19.


January 4, 2021

Homeless youths in Seattle receive most meals from shelters and drop-in centers

Youth on skateboard sitting on urban street

Over 75% of young adults experiencing homelessness in the greater Seattle area say they have enough food to eat, and most receive their weekly meals at shelters and drop-in centers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Academic of Nutrition and Dietetics.    The study, which surveyed 122 youths aged 14-22 years…


Washington researchers start second round of food security surveys amid coronavirus pandemic

Photo of canned foods

Jennifer Otten is quoted in this story that highlights wave 2 of the Washington Food Security Survey which monitors the continuing impact of the pandemic on economic- and food-related wellbeing, eight months after the initial lockdown in the state.


January 2, 2021

Need for free food in Washington state has doubled, many groups report, as COVID-19 rips away jobs and security

worker stacking cans of food

Every level of the food distribution chain in the state of Washington has been challenged since the pandemic began, and this article illustrates how different food assistance organizations are faring. The WAFOOD survey and study from researchers in the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, WSU and Tacoma Community College are mentioned, and how the…


December 14, 2020

Going hungry in the pandemic

Volunteer packing food donation in car

With food insecurity at 30% in Washington State, UW researchers seek participants for a second round of statewide survey to understand WA residents’ access to food and their economic well-being. Research being conducted by the Center for Public Health Nutrition is highlighted.


November 16, 2020

New Fred Hutch-led trial shows no benefits of dairy foods for blood sugar regulation

Testing blood glucose with finger stick

Findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by core faculty member Mario Kratz are in contrast to many observational studies suggesting dairy intake may reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes.


October 8, 2020

Research Shows the Importance and Paradox of Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childcare worker wearing mask, teaching child in mask

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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