Healthy Communities and Behavior Change

20 Years of the American Diet: Dark Clouds, Silver Linings

20 Years of the American Diet: Dark Clouds, Silver Linings

"We found that foods eaten from fast-food or fast-casual restaurants offered the worst nutrition – 85% of foods eaten by children at these establishments, and 70% by adults, were of poor quality. At full-service restaurants and work-site cafeterias, about half the foods eaten were of poor quality. At grocery stores, we found some improvement from 2003 to 2018. The percentage of poor-quality foods eaten from grocery stores dropped from 40% to 33% for adults, and 53% to 45% for children."
Local Plates, Global Minds

Local Plates, Global Minds

Can local food procurement in schools change the nutritional quality and environmental impacts of lunch menus?
Breaking Down Barriers With Innovative Telehealth Interventions

Breaking Down Barriers With Innovative Telehealth Interventions

The USDA/Tufts Telehealth Intervention Strategies for WIC (THIS-WIC) has selected seven WIC State Agencies (SAs) to receive awards up to $1,000,000 each to implement novel telehealth interventions in delivery of USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
Visualizing Community Health

Visualizing Community Health

Tufts recently held a week-long virtual hackathon where students turned data into compelling visualizations to help communities improve health.
The Pandemic and Childhood Weight Gain

The Pandemic and Childhood Weight Gain

There’s plenty of talk of the COVID 20—meaning the extra weight that adults are putting on during the pandemic. But what about children? Even before the pandemic, the percentage of American children who have overweight or obesity—defined as body mass index (BMI) being in the 85th to 95th percentiles for children of the same age and sex—was startlingly high, and early evidence is suggesting the pandemic may make matters even worse.
Making Communities Healthier from Afar

Making Communities Healthier from Afar

The Baghdady Fund for Maternal and Child Nutrition allowed Jacqueline Leon, N21, to focus her research on pregnant women in need.
The Quest for Justice: Revitalizing Cities

The Quest for Justice: Revitalizing Cities

To boost equity, we must rethink the police, invest in sustainable cities, and ensure that people of color are at the table, argue Tufts experts
Study Illuminates Consumer Confusion About Whole Grain Labels

Study Illuminates Consumer Confusion About Whole Grain Labels

Researchers say results provide legal evidence for proposed changes in labeling regulations.
Call to Action for Stronger, Better-Funded Federal Nutrition Research

Call to Action for Stronger, Better-Funded Federal Nutrition Research

Experts and coalition call for better coordination to prevent costly diet-related illnesses and better address food insecurity while accelerating discoveries, economic growth, and improving public health and population resilience
Non-Profits Team Up to Connect Farmers to Families in Need

Non-Profits Team Up to Connect Farmers to Families in Need

From farms to families, non-profits are teaming up to connect and bring fresh produce from local farms to families in need.