Healthy Communities and Behavior Change

On Teens, Nutrition, and Exercise: How to Encourage Healthy Habits

On Teens, Nutrition, and Exercise: How to Encourage Healthy Habits

Experts across Tufts outline the challenges for today’s teens when it comes to healthy eating and physical activity, and how parents and caregivers can help. “How can we help teens develop a healthy relationship with food and movement, and create preferences that will carry them forward?” asks Erin Hennessy, dean for research strategy and associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and director of the project ChildObesity180.
Eight Ways to Raise Happier, Healthier Kids

Eight Ways to Raise Happier, Healthier Kids

Tufts experts offer evidence-based tips for helping your kids thrive—now and into the future. If you’re raising kids, your goal is probably simple: You want happy and healthy young people who are ultimately equipped to navigate life on their own. But the path to that goal often involves a lot of twists and turns. Sometimes it’s even downright rocky. Luckily, Tufts experts in a variety of fields have spent years identifying strategies that may help smooth the way. Here are a few of their tips. 1. Eat real food, together.
Friedman School Based Research Featured in Appetite

Friedman School Based Research Featured in Appetite

A team of researchers, many of whom are based at the Friedman School, have recently published a paper in the journal Appetite that examines the relationship between caregivers' autonomy and competence and their feeding practices before and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The paper, titled "The longitudinal association between caregivers' perceived competence and autonomy and children's dietary consumption before and 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic," can be found at the link below. 
Developing Healthy Communities

Developing Healthy Communities

Featured Course: Developing Equitable, Inclusive Community Environments for Physical Activity (NUTC 212)
Friedman Research Lauded as "Excellent" in Systematic Review

Friedman Research Lauded as "Excellent" in Systematic Review

Earlier this year, researchers in Australia published a systematic review of prevention interventions that use community-based system dynamics. The review praises two studies from researchers based at the Friedman School: 
Why One Professor Stopped Flying to Help the Planet

Why One Professor Stopped Flying to Help the Planet

Parke Wilde wants people to help curb climate change by taking fewer airplane trips
Global Sugary Drink Consumption Surges 16% Since 1990

Global Sugary Drink Consumption Surges 16% Since 1990

Dietary survey data shows differences based on region and age, say Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy researchers.
Tips to Protect Long-Term Brain Health

Tips to Protect Long-Term Brain Health

Emerging research is adding to our knowledge of how lifestyle choices can help prevent and slow the progression of cognitive decline as we age
Research Shows Calories on Third-Party Food Delivery Platforms Missing

Research Shows Calories on Third-Party Food Delivery Platforms Missing

Researchers say clarity is needed on current labeling law and regulations for restaurant menus shared on widely used ordering apps.
School Meals Would Be Even Healthier if Compliant with U.S. Nutrition Standards

School Meals Would Be Even Healthier if Compliant with U.S. Nutrition Standards

Today’s school meals are much healthier than they were for the parents of American kids, but still 1 in 4 school meals are of poor nutritional quality.