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Friedman Student Alison Brown Wins the 2014 Tufts University's Presidential Award

Tufts University's Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service annually recognizes outstanding civic achievement across Tufts schools. Alison Brown, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, N14, was among the 2014 recipients.

A Closer Look at Children's Physical Activity Patterns

Children are far from meeting national guidelines for physical activity, and girls are at greatest risk of falling short of recommendations according to a study measuring the physical activity of 453 schoolchildren in Massachusetts during a one-week period.

Award Winners at Experimental Biology Meeting

Three students in Friedman's Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition graduate program, as well as three HNRCA-affiliated Friedman professors received honors at this year's Experimental Biology meeting. 

A Science-Based Look at Genetically Engineered Crops

The National Academies Press has released a report titled "Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects."

Timothy Griffin, associate professor and director of Friedman's Agriculture, Food and Environment program, served on the Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops, providing his expertise related to farming productivity and environmental impacts. 

Alice Lichtenstein, Friedman professor, senior scientist, and director of the HNRCA's Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory provided input as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. 

Healthy Scouts, Healthy Communities

For nearly 40 years The Friedman School has created leaders in nutrition, with a focus on building programs to affect real change toward healthier neighborhoods and communities. ChildObesity180 (CO180) is one of many successful initiatives grown out of Friedman's fertile ground. Bringing together the top leaders from business, academia, non-profits, and the scientific community, CO180 has proven that creating sustainable, scalable strategies to reduce and reverse childhood obesity can, and should, take an entire village.

Students Inducted into Honos Civicus Society

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Congratulations to Friedman's 2016 Honos Civicus Society inductees! We commend them for their dedication to public service and community engagement.

Understanding Genetically Engineered Crops

In a new report, a group of nationally eminent scientists say that genetically modified foods are safe to eat, but they also note that it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between genetic engineering and conventional plant breeding and their impacts on health and the environment.

Nutrition Facts: The Back Story

Next time you’re in the supermarket checking out the nutrition facts panel on a product or entering what you ate for lunch into a fitness app, you can thank researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts. 

A Dietary Report Card for Americans

A study by Dariush Mozaffarian and members of his research team published recently in JAMA suggests that Americans are adding more whole grains, nuts and seeds to their diets and cutting back on sodas and sugary drinks, but it is partially dependent on income. 

Miriam E. Nelson

Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., is currently the director of the Sustainability Institute and deputy chief Sustainability Officer at the University of New Hampshire. Most recently, Dr. Nelson served as associate dean of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and professor of nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. At the Friedman School, she was the founding director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention and co-founder of ChildObesity180.

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