Healthy Communities and Behavior Change

Ultraprocessed Foods Now Comprise 2/3 of Calories in Children and Teen Diets

Ultraprocessed Foods Now Comprise 2/3 of Calories in Children and Teen Diets

New study in JAMA also found kids and teens eat less unprocessed and minimally processed foods
Kurt Hager Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant Award

Kurt Hager Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant Award

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has selected 25 scholars to receive grants for research in the social sciences. Kurt Hager, a PhD student in our Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs program, will research the cost-effectiveness of expanding medically tailored meal coverage for individuals with Diet-Sensitive disease. 
ASN 2021 - Nutrition Online

ASN 2021 - Nutrition Online

This year's ASN meeting is all-virtual, but there are plenty of opportunities to participate in live events throughout the week. The Friedman School and the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (JMHNRCA) are representing Tufts University with panels, posters, and plenty of awards for their outstanding work. We've pulled out some highlights for the week, but remember to check out the full schedule for all sessions and events.
Congrats to Our 2021 Faculty Award Winners

Congrats to Our 2021 Faculty Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the new winners of the Friedman School’s two annual faculty awards.  We wish to thank the students, faculty and staff who provided thoughtful nominations, and to also thank the committees who reviewed nominations and made the difficult choice of selecting only one winner for each of our two faculty awards.
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.