Nutritional Sciences Program

Research & Practice


September 24, 2020

Food insecurity highest among low-income groups and persons of color

Photo of family preparing a meal

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…


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. 


September 9, 2020

Dr. Marie Spiker joins Nutritional Sciences core faculty

Marie Spiker

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…


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

Collaborating for health equity

woman picking flowers

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

NSP_square_logo

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.


June 24, 2020

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 1, 2020

Faculty and students present at Nutrition Live Online 2020

Nutrition 2020 Live Online

Four members from the Nutritional Sciences Program will present this week at a free online event this week called Nutrition Live Online 2020, an event sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). Adam Drewnowski, director for Nutritional Sciences and the Center for Public Health Nutrition will participate in a panel on sustainable food systems,…


May 28, 2020

Student projects help local food resilience

This spring quarter, University of Washington undergraduates majoring in Food Systems, Nutrition and Health are putting systems-thinking into action by teaming up with a dozen Seattle-King County organizations on various community projects for their capstone focused on the theme of food system resilience.   The forty-five students completing projects includes the first group of students to…


May 4, 2020

New study to evaluate COVID-19 impacts on Washington State food security

Adam Drewnowski and Jennifer Otten

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, how and to what extent households are able to access food continues to change in the U.S. and across the globe. What are the impacts to our food supply and food security in Washington state? A new UW study funded by the University of Washington Population Health Initiative and the…



Next page