Healthy Communities and Behavior Change

Healthy Communities and Behavior Change


Friedman Seminar: Sara C. Folta, PhD

This Friedman Seminar features Sara C. Folta, PhD, presenting "Preliminary Investigation of Civic Engagement as a Novel Approach to Behavior Change and Body Weight Improvement in African American Females: The Change Club Study." This seminar was held on November 4th, 2015.

Friedman Seminar: Miriam Nelson and Tim Griffin

This Friedman Seminar features Miriam Nelson, associate dean, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Friedman School professor, and Tim Griffin, director of Friedman's Agriculture Food and Environment Program, speaking on the topic of "Dietary Guidelines and Sustainability." This seminar was held on October 14th, 2015.

Friedman Seminar: Robin Kanarek, PhD

This Friedman Seminar features Robin Kanarek, PhD, professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and John Wade Professor, Psychology, Tufts University, giving a presentation titled: "Nutrition and Behavior: Food for Thought." This seminar was held on September 21st, 2011.

Restaurant Meals Tipping the Scales

Meals consumed at fast-food restaurants are often seen as one of the biggest contributors to the obesity epidemic. But according to a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 92 percent of 364 measured restaurant meals from both large-chain and non-chain (local) restaurants exceeded recommended calorie requirements for a single meal. In 123 restaurants in three cities across America, the research team found that a single meal serving, without beverages, appetizers, or desserts sometimes exceeded the caloric requirements for an entire day.

Body Composition Analysis Center at Tufts University

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Healthy Communities and Behavior Change, Obesity and Diabetes, Public Impact

The Body Composition Analysis Center (BCAC) of the Tufts University Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy offers an unmatched combination of scientific expertise and cutting-edge computer technology for the analysis of bone density and body composition. Associated with the world-class research laboratories for the study of aging, nutrition, and physiology at Tufts, the Body Composition Analysis Center is a leading referral center in meeting the complex data analysis needs of other laboratories, health-care facilities, and research organizations.

A Nutrition Policy Balancing Act

The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which focus on eating patterns more than individual foods, are stirring controversy among experts.

Is it perfect? No one seems to think so. But if you want a plan to gently nudge Americans away from the unhealthy way of eating we’re accustomed to, you could do worse than the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were released on Jan. 7.

My Plate for Older Adults

Nutrition scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging  (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University have developed the MyPlate for Older Adults which corresponds with MyPlate, the federal government’s food group symbol. 

The Prisoner's Nutrition Dilemma

Inmates take a hard look at their delinquent diets with help from Friedman alums....

Snacking is pervasive at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Norfolk, a medium security prison for men just south of Boston. A pint of Ben & Jerry’s is a daily ritual for some, and a common treat is the “honey bun sandwich”—a chocolate bar melted between two honey buns, totaling more than 1,500 calories. The inmates snack out of boredom, missing their families, or depression. 

Erin Hennessy

Dr. Hennessy works with ChildObesity180 to advance their research and evaluation activities and scholarship. 

Dangerous Drinks

In public health circles, it’s often called the low-hanging fruit. If people could just kick the sugar-sweetened beverage habit, it would make a huge dent in the number of empty calories they consume. Sugary drinks often have no nutrients other than sugar, so it’s a simple cut-it-out message that even kids can understand—no fussing with fiber grams or glycemic index rankings, no shopping for fruits and vegetables.

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