Public Impact

Public Impact


John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention

In 1999, Dr. Miriam Nelson founded the Center for Physical Fitness within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, under the guidance and support of Dean Irwin Rosenberg. The Center, while initially small, had big goals – to improve the physical activity patterns and fitness of Americans.

Renata Micha

Dr. Micha is a registered clinical dietician, public health nutritionist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the effects of diet on chronic diseases, mainly cardiometabolic diseases, and on population strategies to improve diet, utilizing multiple research paradigms. She has particular interest and experience in global dietary assessment among various population subgroups, identifying causal diet-disease relationships, quantifying and modeling the impact of dietary habits on chronic diseases, and evaluating the comparative effectiveness of dietary policies. 

Faculty Positions at Friedman

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The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy distinguishes itself by its breadth of scholarship in nutrition research, education, and public impact: from cell to society, food security to healthy aging, individuals to policy, and health to sustainability. We bring together biomedical, interventional, social, behavioral, public health, economics, and food systems scientists to conduct work that improves the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world. 

New Dietary Guidelines

In the wake of the release of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, has published an Authoritative Review on the dietary and policy priorities by Friedman's Dean, Dariush Mozaffarian.

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.

Friedman Seminar: Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani

This Friedman Seminar features Simin Nikbin Meydani, speaking on the topic of "Nutrition, Inflammation, Immunity, and Healthspan" This seminar was held on March 11th, 2015.

Friedman Seminar: Christina Economos, PhD

In this seminar, Christina D. Economos PhD, director of ChildObesity180 and associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, speaks about ChildObesity180. The seminar was held on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014.

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