Center for Public Health Nutrition

Upcoming & Recent Events


Aligning Food Systems with Nutrition and Health

Winter Quarter 2018
Almost every country in the world is facing a nutrition-related challenge. “Millions of people have too much of the wrong food, while millions more have too little of the right food”, as aptly quoted in the 2017 IFPRI Global Nutrition Report. What are we doing about it? Join our Winter Nutrition Seminar Series, organized by UW Nutritional Science Program, to hear from the food system and nutrition experts!

- Seminar Description
- WIN18 NUTR400 Speaker Schedule
- Registration: NUTR 400 (SLN 18490, undergraduates)
   or NUTR 500 (SLN 18495, graduates)
- Trumba Listing for First Lecture (Jan.4, 2018)

Recent Events

Future of Food: The Academy Partners to Fight Hunger in America and Around the World

April 15, 2013
Donna Johnson participated in a plenary session of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with Tony Hall, The Alliance to
End Hunger, and Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD, CD (Academy President). A great challenge of the next generation will be providing nutritious, affordable food to a global population expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050, while using fewer resources. The Academy joins forces with Feeding America and national Dairy Council to fight hunger and promote healthy food choices for the 49 million Americans who are food insecure. more

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids: Practical Approaches to Preventing Childhood Obesity

April 3, 2013
Donna Johnson and Elizabeth Payne presented at a conference hosted by Nutrition First to provide practical tools and resources for those working with children from birth to age five to help curb obesity rates. Donna Johnson's presentation was “Screen-time initiatives to make it easier for Washington's young children to be healthy.” Elizabeth Payne’s presentation was “Healthy eating and active living in child care: going beyond minimum state licensing requirements.” more

International Congress Hidden Hunger: From Assessment to Solutions

March 6-9, 2013
Adam Drewnowski chaired the session entitled: "Hidden Hunger in Developed Countries – Is there any Concern?" The overall event is intended to: create awareness of the global problem of hidden hunger; get scientific issues on the agenda of policy makers, academicians, politicians and industry; and discuss solutions to address worldwide micronutrient deficiencies. brochure calling for abstracts (pdf)

Food Day Symposium -- UW Nutritional Sciences Program

October 27, 2011
The symposium brought together UW faculty and students, top researchers, and stakeholders to disucss the latest research and curriculum on food, health and our local food environment. Sessions included "Research Opportunities in an Interdisciplinary Framework," "The Big Idea: Built Environments, Obesity & Nutrition," and "Investing in Our Future: Developing Undergraduate Curriculum in Nutrition & Food Studies." See Symposium agenda (pdf).

Understanding How Washington Cities Create Opportunities for Healthy Living: The Enabling Health in Washington Cities Survey

October 17, 2011
Poster session by Erica Lamson, MPH, RD, who is a Research Coordinator for the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition. The survey was supported by the Washington State Department of Health through Cooperative Agreement Number 5U58DP001491-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The poster session took place at the 2011 Joint Conference on Health. Read about the survey results.

Access to Healthy Foods Summit 2011

At the event on June 23, 2011, speakers included: David R. Just of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs speaking on "Marketing Nutrition: It's Not What You Think"; and Andrew Cheyne of the Berkeley Media Studies Group speaking on "Understanding Food Marketing and its Relationship to Healthy Food Access." AHFC also presented a panel of food policy professionals from grocery retail, restaurants, schools, public health and nutrition in a conversation on current challenges and collaborative solutions to improve access to healthy foods in Washington State.

University of Washington Food Safety and Public Health: Nutritional Science Seminar Series Food Service Professional Seminar

On January 7, 2011, Adam Drewnowski, PhD. Professor of Epidemiology, Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition and UW Center for Obesity Research presented on "Food Environment, Food Safety, and Public Health--an Overview." Listen to the lecture (low audio)

Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Research and Policy Meeting

On July 19, 2010, Donna Johnson and Pablo Monsivais presented the results of two studies on menu cost and quality and physical activity in child care (Cost & Quality and Cost Plus) that have been conducted by the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition. Participants discussed the study implications so that child care health stakeholders and advocates in Washington State can use the information to build effective child care policies. If you would like to be notified about future publications or presentations from these studies, please email

Food System Strategies Summit

On June 22, 2010, the state-wide Access to Healthy Foods Coalition convened the Food Strategies Summit in Seattle to plan ways to strengthen the state's food system. Donna Johnson and Mary Podrabsky presented a new report called "Opportunities for Increasing Access to Healthy Foods in Washington," To prepare the report, CPHN staff interviewed 65 leaders and stakeholders representing all components of Washington’s food system from production to resource and waste management.
Learn more about the summit and get the report


CPHN/UWCOR Summits & Forums
Archive of presentations and materials from CPHN/UWCOR-sponsored summits and forums.

Faculty & Staff Presentations
Slides from selected faculty and staff presentations.