Research Activities & Impact

The Friedman School is doing important work locally and globally in all areas of nutrition science and policy. We hope to illustrate the depth and breadth of our research and impact by detailing some of our projects and initiatives, both active and past. Browse activities using our major theme areas, or navigate using the map.

The GREEN Project Lunch Box Study

The GREEN Project Lunch Box Study is a school-based nutrition intervention designed to improve the nutritional quality of foods children bring from home to school. The three-year project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, involves the design, implementation, and evaluation of an innovative communications campaign for third and fourth grade students and their families. The pilot phase of the project was completed in June 2011, and the main intervention took place in schools throughout Eastern Massachusetts during the 2011-2012 school year.

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Past

Thrifty Food Calculator

This calculator is a tool for learning about tradeoffs between the nutrition quality and costs of foods available in the United States. Your challenge is to create a nutritious, affordable, and tasty food plan that meets your own nutrition policy goals. This challenge is similar to the task faced by USDA nutritionists and economists when they developed the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP).

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Past

UBALE: United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations

UBALE, which means partnership in Chichewa and also stands for United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations, is a key element of USAID’s comprehensive development cooperation strategy in Malawi. The project is implemented with local NGOs through existing government structures in three food-insecure, chronically malnourished and disaster-prone districts of Southern Malawi: Chikwawa, Nsanje, and rural Blantyre, where UBALE aims to reach all 284 communities totaling about 248,000 households with an integrated set of agricultural and nutritional interventions.

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Active

Working Paper: Promoting Dietary Quality in SNAP While Maintaining Emphasis on Preventing Hunger

Innovations have been proposed and piloted to increase the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on healthy diets while simultaneously preserving its central role in protecting against hunger. This short discussion paper reviews the rapidly growing research and evaluation literature on these SNAP innovations.

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Active