Healthy Communities and Behavior Change

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. 
Op-Ed: A Need For 'Soft Power' in Health Care

Op-Ed: A Need For 'Soft Power' in Health Care

The fight against COVID-19 — a need for 'soft power' in health care Friedman Dean Dariush Mozaffarian and and Fletcher Dean Emeritus James Stavridis co-author this opinion piece for The Hill, urging the U.S. government to strengthen its “soft power” within the healthcare system, as it has done in its military and national security sectors, by developing “a proactive, vigorous, coordinated and well-funded preventive and public health strategy and infrastructure to keep our nation healthy and safe into the future.”   
Sugary Drinks and Maintaining Normal Cholesterol Levels

Sugary Drinks and Maintaining Normal Cholesterol Levels

BOSTON (February 26, 2020, 5:00 a.m., EST)—Middle-aged and older adults who drank sugary beverages daily were at greater risk of developing abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels compared to those who rarely drank those beverages, according to a new epidemiological study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
A National Strategy for Food and Nutrition Research

A National Strategy for Food and Nutrition Research

A new council at the Friedman School is recommending a national nutrition research moonshot.
New Study: Dining Out

New Study: Dining Out

Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, discusses potential solutions to the challenge of improving the nutritional quality of what Americans are eating while dining out.