Nutritional Sciences Program

Research & Practice


October 8, 2020

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

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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.


October 7, 2020

UW and WSU collaborate to advance food systems education in Washington

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The University of Washington and Washington State University are embarking together on a project to strengthen and transform food systems education in Washington State. The two institutions have been jointly awarded a Higher Education Challenge planning grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)….


September 24, 2020

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

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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 21, 2020

Daily eating occasions and risk of type 2 diabetes

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How does meal frequency affect T2D risk? New study from Marian Neuhouser, core faculty in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program and researcher at Fred Hutch evaluated the association between the number of daily eating occasions with T2D risk and whether these associations varied by body mass index (BMI), age, or race/ethnicity.


September 15, 2020

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


June 24, 2020

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

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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.



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