Public Impact

The Prisoner's Nutrition Dilemma

The Prisoner's Nutrition Dilemma

Inmates take a hard look at their delinquent diets with help from Friedman alums.... Snacking is pervasive at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Norfolk, a medium security prison for men just south of Boston. A pint of Ben & Jerry’s is a daily ritual for some, and a common treat is the “honey bun sandwich”—a chocolate bar melted between two honey buns, totaling more than 1,500 calories. The inmates snack out of boredom, missing their families, or depression. 
A Nutrition Policy Balancing Act

A Nutrition Policy Balancing Act

The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which focus on eating patterns more than individual foods, are stirring controversy among experts. Is it perfect? No one seems to think so. But if you want a plan to gently nudge Americans away from the unhealthy way of eating we’re accustomed to, you could do worse than the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were released on Jan. 7.
Incentives for Healthy Eating

Incentives for Healthy Eating

A little extra purchasing power at the grocery seems to help promote better diets for people on public assistance. Very few of us eat enough fruits and vegetables, and for the more than 47 million Americans who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, that number is a bit smaller still. 
New Dietary Guidelines

New Dietary Guidelines

In the wake of the release of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, has published an Authoritative Review on the dietary and policy priorities by Friedman's Dean, Dariush Mozaffarian.
Cancer and Nutrition

Cancer and Nutrition

A new study from Friedman's Fang Fang Zhang compared the dietary patterns of cancer survivors to federal guidelines, and found that they often fall short. Published in CANCER this week, and covered by the Los Angeles Times, her findings point to the need for dietary interventions in this vulnerable population. 
Community Collaboration with Carney Hospital

Community Collaboration with Carney Hospital

Concern about the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages is mounting.