Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change
Food subsidies and taxes significantly improve dietary choices: Interventions that alter food prices can improve people’s diets, leading to more healthy choices and fewer unhealthy choices.
Using the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) model focused on engaging community members in the planning and implementation of interventions, the researchers collaborated with four local churches in predominately Black/African American Boston neighborhoods, and worked with participants to identify and address health concerns in their respective communities.
Bill Layden is a big-picture guy, one who’s fearless in the face of the status quo.
When he was a congressional investigator with the Government Accountability Office, he concluded that the EPA’s pesticide safety review process needed a major overhaul, not just a few tweaks. That earned him a GAO meritorious service award. Addressing Friedman School graduates in 2010, Layden, a member of the school’s board of advisors, challenged them to break the food system—“and break it good.” He added: “Sometimes you have to tear down something to make it better.”
Ellen Messer is a biocultural anthropologist specializing in food, security, religion, and human rights. She has taught anthropology of food, health, religion, human rights, and international development at George Washington University, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Brown University, Wheaton College, and Yale University.