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Inspired by His Father, a Nutrition Scholar Strives to Prevent Disease

Inspired by His Father, a Nutrition Scholar Strives to Prevent Disease

For Edwin Ortega, N20, family struggle and sacrifice inspire his research into chronic disease and vaccine efficacy
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
Reducing Sugar in Packaged Foods can Prevent Disease in Millions

Reducing Sugar in Packaged Foods can Prevent Disease in Millions

A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOH) created a model to simulate and quantify the health, economic, and equity impacts of a pragmatic sugar-reduction policy proposed by the U.S. National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI).
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. 
Eating Whole Grains Linked to Smaller Increases in Waist Size, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar

Eating Whole Grains Linked to Smaller Increases in Waist Size, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar

Study in middle- to older-aged adults suggests whole grains may protect against heart 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.
Study Estimates Two-Thirds of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Due to Four Conditions

Study Estimates Two-Thirds of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Due to Four Conditions

Model suggests higher risk based on race and age, offers insights to reduce disease impact
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.
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