Public Impact

Public Impact


Friedman Seminar: Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, and dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy speaks about the global priorities and policies needed to improve cardiometabolic health. This seminar was held on September 10th, 2014.

HEAL Program - Healthy Eating and Active Living

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging, Public Impact | Programs: Nutritional Epidemiology

Maintaining a healthy weight is very important to the long-term health of childhood cancer survivors. HEAL program is remotely delivered through our HEAL website, mobile access, and phone follow-up with a HEAL lifestyle coach! We look forward to your participation.

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.

FAQR - Food Aid Quality Review

The objective of the Food Aid Quality Review project is to develop a consensus surrounding food aid’s nutrient specifications and formulations among a range of stakeholder groups, among which are key officials at USAID and USDA, who can ensure the implementation of recommendations emerging from the project recommendations. This project takes account of advances in nutrition and biological sciences alongside developments in food technology to make available cost-effective commodities tailored to meet the needs of people living in developing countries.

Graduate Student Research Conference

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Public Impact

The Future of Food and Nutrition Graduate Student Research Conference, held annually for the past nine years, is a unique venue for graduate students across disciplines from around the world to submit and present original research relating to the food system and/or nutrition science.

ENGINE - Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic Opportunities

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Public Impact, Global Nutrition | Programs: Food Policy & Applied Nutrition, Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance

The Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic Opportunities (ENGINE) Program is a five-year, integrated nutrition program intended to decrease maternal, neonatal and child mortality by improving the nutritional status of women and children less than 5 years of age through sustainable, comprehensive and coordinated evidence-based interventions in four major regions of Ethiopia. ENGINE is funded by USAID and implemented by Save the Children International with a consortium of partners, including Tufts University.

Incentives for Healthy Eating

A little extra purchasing power at the grocery seems to help promote better diets for people on public assistance.

Very few of us eat enough fruits and vegetables, and for the more than 47 million Americans who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, that number is a bit smaller still. 

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. 

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