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November 25, 2020

Nearly one-third of Washington households not getting enough food since start of pandemic: study

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Findings from a study conducted by a research team from UW, WSU, and Tacoma Community College studied how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted economic and food security in Washington State are highlighted in this story from the Seattle P-I.


October 22, 2020

Undergraduate student scholarships for 2020-2021

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Congratulations to our 2020-21 undergraduate scholarship recipients supported by the Food Systems, Nutrition & Health Major Fund, established by dedicated alumni and friends to ensure the Food Systems major thrives in its early years. Our outstanding recipients for this academic year were selected for their excellent academic achievement, dedication to community service and extracurricular activities,…


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.


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

Marian Neuhouser

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

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…


September 4, 2020

Marie Spiker

Marie Spiker

What would it look like for us to equitably nourish a growing global population? More importantly, how do we get there – which inputs have more leverage within complex systems, and what evidence do decision-makers need in order to support public health? Dr. Marie Spiker approaches public health nutrition research through a food systems lens…


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.



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