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Concepts and methods for food environment research in low and middle income countries
ANH Academy | 2017
Food Environment -- Working Group Technical Brief. This review and synthesis of definitions, key concepts, methodological approaches and current research gaps aims to provide a platform of consensus to guide and accelerate food environment research in low and middle income countries

- ASPPH overview
- UW School of Public Health overview



Food Marketing: Using Toys to Market Children's Meals
Healthy Eating Research | August 2014
In this issue brief for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research, Jennifer Otten of CPHN examines the evidence related to restaurant marketing practices using toys and discusses policy implications.

Distance to Supermarket Makes No Difference To Diet Quality
UW Today | March 2014
What counts most is exactly where a person chooses to shop, according to lead author Anju Aggarwal, and Adam Drewnowski, of CPHN.



Watch What Happens When You Track 493 People's Grocery Buying Habits | June 2013
Anju Aggarwal discusses data and videos modeling how people move about in Seattle to get their food. The study used GPS devices to map the food environment of study participants.

Potatoes pile on the nutrition but pamper the budget | May 2013
Adam Drewnowski's study shows that potatoes deliver one of the most affordable source of potassium, second only to beans.

Potatoes Provide One Of The Best Nutritional Values Amongst Vegetables | May 2013
Adam Drewnowski's new study shows that potatoes are actually one of the best nutritional values on the market.

Potatoes may be one of the best superfoods | May 2013
A new study shows that potatoes are one of the best nutritional values in the produce aisle, delivering one of the most affordable sources of potassium of the more frequently consumed vegetables.

Potatoes Provide Better Nutritional Value for Money | May 2013
Adam Drewnowski says of his new study, "The ability to identify affordable, nutrient dense vegetables is important to families focused on stretching their food dollar as well as government policy makers looking to balance nutrition."

Govts and food industry to be held accountable for obesity: expert
ABC News| May 2013
An interview with Adam Drewnowski appeared on ABC News in Australia. Drewnowski says that policy makers could provide subsidies or promotevegetables and fruit to target obesity.

How Sweet It Is: ‘Salt Sugar Fat,’ by Michael Moss | March 2013
The Sunday Book Review mentions a study by Adam Drewnowski, whose research is also cited in the book.


What changes should be made to the Nutrition Facts panel in 2013? | December 2012
Adam Drewnowski, Marion Nestle and Michael Jacobson share their recommendations for changes to nutrition labeling on food packaging, scheduled for FDA revision in 2013.

Washington Awarded RWJF Grant to Measure Impact of School Menu Labeling | December 2012
The Association of Schools of Public Health announced the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research grant for $170,000 awarded to Donna Johnson to study the impact of menu labeling on student food choices in the Renton School District.

Food costs may influence your diet and health | December 2012
Anju Aggarwal is featured in a video interview related to her recent paper in PLOS-one, "Nutrient Intakes Linked to Better Health Outcomes Are Associated with Higher Diet Costs."

Obesity Prevention: What's Working?
Energize E-News | November 2012
Donna Johnson talks about encouraging trends in preventing obesity among children in the cover story. The Nutrition Education Network of Washington produces the e-newsletter as a part of Washington State University Extension's Food $ense program.

Op-ed: Bringing relief to food deserts in King County | November 2012
Anne Vernez Moudon and Adam Drewnowski outline the way that developers and institutions, such as the Seattle Housing Authority, are including plans for grocery stores to combat food deserts.

Finding the True Cost of Healthy Foods - Perspective | September 2012
Adam Drewnowski says that denying that healthier foods cost more is risky for vulnerable populations and that research and industry innovations will be key to making sure that the foods people buy are nutrient-dense, affordable, and appealing.

Want cheap nutritious food? The solution lies in cooking | September 2012
Adam Drewnowski says that to cook healthy food on a budget, you have to know how to cook whole, unprocessed foods. The article is a follow up to the USDA report released in June.

CDC announces the NOPREN Healthy Eating Supplement to AJPM | September 2012
A study on King County menu-labeling policy by Donna Johnson is included in a 2012 supplement of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine issued as part of the CDC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network.

Supermarket Access and Obesity
University of Wisconsin Blog Spot | September 2012
Discusses the Seattle Obesity Study's findings that obesity rates were higher among shoppers choosing lower-priced supermarkets.

Restaurant meals a bit healthier after menu law | July 2012
Quotes Barbara Bruemmer (emerita) on her "audit" of King County chain restaurants after a menu law went into effect.

Tackling childhood obesity: What role should industry take? | July 2012
The food industry could play an important role in fighting childhood obesity and improving children's nutrition, according to a panel of experts including Adam Drewnowski and Barbara Rolls (fourth and second from the left in the photo below) at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting.


Childhood Obesity Rates Plateau: New Chance for Food Manufacturers to Make an Impact (video)
IFT video posted to YouTube | July 2012
Adam Drewnowski summarizes the intent of the panel 2012 Institute of Food Technologist's Annual Meeting recommending that the food industry consider additional positive changes to impact childhood nutrition.

Childhood Obesity Rates Plateau: New Chance for Food Manufacturers to Make an Impact | June 2012
Adam Drewnowski's presentation at the 2012 Institute of Food Technologist's Annual Meeting included the recommendation that the food industry consider additional positive changes to impact childhood nutrition, because 66% of the calories in the American diet come from the grocery store.

Proximity to Wal-Mart Good for Home Values, Bad for Waistlines | June 2012
Coverage of Seattle Obesity Study. Obesity prevalence is higher in areas close to discount supermarkets.

Discount supermarkets linked to higher obesity rates | June 2012
Cites the recent paper from the Seattle Obesity Study.

Study: Proximity to healthy foods doesn't matter. Price does.
Washington Post | June 2012
Adam Drewnowski's new study showed that only 14% of Seattle residents shopped at the supermarket nearest to them, so food desert interventions may not be working.

Slim Down, Philly! Anti-Obesity Campaign Takes Off | June 2012
Repeats Adam Drewnowski's quote from Washington Post article.

Nutrient Dense Diets Are More Expensive
Food Poisoning Bulletin | June 2012
Notes that the Seattle Obesity Study results reflect real life diets, rather than "aspirational" diets looked at by the USDA's recent study.

Will Philadelphia's experiment in eradicating 'food deserts' work?
Washington Post | June 2012
Adam Drewnowski says the city's $900,000 plan to make healthy food available at 632 corner stores to fight obesity does not guarantee that residents will shop there.

Academic: Sorry USDA, but more nutrient dense diets do cost more... | June 2012
Adam Drewnowski's new paper disputes the findings of the recent USDA study called "Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive?" See the full paper here.

Property values may point to likelihood of obesity | May 2012
Adam Drewnowski's new study of the correlation between obesity and property values suggests that the value of your home can be a predictor of your weight.

Study shows link between body weight, house value
Spokane | May 2012
New CPHN study highlighted in Spokane.

Property values may point to likelihood of obesity | May 2012
Discusses the CPHN study linked below with comment from a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist.

Property values may point to likelihood of obesity
Seattle | May 2012
Discusses finding of Adam Drewnowski's new study finding correlation between obesity and property values in King County, Washington. See the press release and map in next entry.

In Obesity, Zip Code Matters More than Genetic Code
UW press release | May 2012
University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition released findings of a new study finding that where you live matters to your weight, especially if you are a woman. Map & More about the study

Smash Your Food; eat healthier | May 2012
Adam Drewnowski comments on the game app where children smash foods and learn about nutrition.

Do Poor People Ignore the Government's Dietary Advice Because They Can't Afford Healthy Food? | May 2012
Includes additional commentary by Adam Drewnowski on the new USDA study (see story below).

Healthy Eating Can Cost Less, Study Finds | May 2012
Adam Drewnowski comments on the new study released by USDA finding that healthy foods can cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt.

Healthy eating can cost less, study finds | May 2012
Adam Drewnowski's commentary on a new USDA study contrasts their findings based on his findings that a healthier diet generally costs more.

Whole Fruit Offers Fewer Calories, More Fiber than Juice| May 2012
Quotes from text of new brief highlighting research findings of Colin Rehm and Pablo Monsivais.

Preparing for Sodium Regulation
Nation's Restaurant News| May 2012
Adam Drewnowski questioned whether regulation of sodium on restaurant menus would help people meet recommended limits at the National Restaurant Association's annual conference.

Pregnancy Nutrition: What to Eat When Pregnant -- And What to Avoid | May 2012
Donna Johnson is quoted about the need to avoid unpasturized foods and drinks during pregnancy.

New Research finds no association between white potato consumption (baked, boiled, mashed) and obesity, Type 2 diabetes or systemic inflammation | April 2012
Adam Drewnowki's study controlled for demographic factors, particularly socioecomomic status, in a study of 5,800 adults.

White Potatoes Don't Make You Fat | April 2012
Coverage of Adam Drewnowki's presentation to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Study Finds Surprisingly Low Potato Consumption in the US Wonkblog | April 2012
A new study finds that Americans are eating fewer potatoes than expected. To meet dietary guidelines for potassium and dietary fiber, Adam Drewnowski's team found last year that potatoes are the most affordable solution.

Do food deserts matter? Do they even exist?
Washington Wonkblog | April 2012
Cites CPHN studies showing that only 15% of city residents shop in their census tract.

Food deserts may not be as deserted as we think, new studies show | April 2012
Discusses Adam Drewnowski’s 2009 research in relation to new studies that are challenging the idea that lower-class urban areas have less access to healthy food.Drewnowski's Delessert lecture

Now available "Squishy-Licious" Smash Your Food Educational Game Serves Up a Huge Helping of Fun Mobile Learning for Families On iPad | March 2012 | Quotes Adam Drewnowski in article about the release of the iPad version of the Smash Your Food EducationalGame.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter
United Nations General Assembly, Human Rights Council.Drewnowski lecturing
| released March 2012| Cites articles by Pablo Monsivais and Colin Rehm and references the CPHN Farmers Market brief.

10 tips for getting your snacking under control| March 2012 | Cites an article co-authored by Donna Johnson on the association between snacking and weight loss.

Sodium seeps into American's daily diet| February 2012 | Adam Drewnowski says that reducing sodium intake by choosing fresh foods may not work for everyone economically.

Food Bubble Expanding U.S. Waistlines: Vikram MansharamaniDrewnowski and others
Bloomberg| February 2012 | Cites Adam Drewnowski's 2004 study showing that a dollar can buy more unhealthy calories than healthy ones.

Government Sodium Guidelines: Are They Impossible to Follow?
Huffington Post| February 2012 | Outlines the recent article by Matthieu Maillot and Adam Drewnowski which finds that compliance with sodium guidelines requires substantial changes from current eating behaviors.

Academic: Government sodium targets are incompatible with rest of dietary guidelines| January 2012 | Adam Drewnowski finds a fundamental conflict between the very low sodium guidelines and a nutritionally sound diet.

Living Right (Malaysia)| January 2012 | Adam Drewnowski says it is easy for children to overeat energy-dense foods. Knowing the right foods to feed children can help curb weight gain and obesity.

Life Course Nutrition: Maternal and Child Health Strategies in Public Health
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice | January 2012 | Donna Johnson helped develop a life course framework designed to help public health leaders describe the role of maternal and child nutrition in population health and identify actions they can take to create equitable access to healthy foods and food environments.



New researarch shows poverty is fattening for women | December 2011 | Adam Drewnowski claims he can gauge the income level of a lecture audience by taking note of the number of obese women in the room.

Seattle's Unhealthiest Neighborhoods Dubbed Food Deserts
Seattle Magazine | December 2011 | Adam Drewnowski says that focusing on food deserts avoids more compelling issues such as the relationship between poverty and obesity.

Does Being Poor Make You Fat? | November 30, 2011 | Adam Drewnowski is quoted in an article asserting that obesity can often be blamed on a tight budget, not on moral weakness.

UW Considers Adding a Food Studies Major
Seattle Times | October 31, 2011 | More than 30 interested UW community members met on Oct. 27 in conjunction with Food Day programming to discuss possibilities for a food studies major. Led by Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, the group contemplated a scholarly path that would include dietary health, environmental science, agribusiness, and food policy.

Potassium and sodium targets are incompatible, warns academic | September 27, 2011 | At the American Dietetic Association annual conference, Adam Drewnowski said that nine out of 20,000 people met recommended levels for both potassium and sodium in their diets.

Potatoes Reach Supermarket RDs | September 13, 2011 | Dr. Adam Drewnowski will present his latest potato research regarding the positive role of potatoes in overall diet quality.

Healthy Eating: Good For You, Bad for Your Bottom Line? | August 24, 2011 | The MyPlate message is within reach even for those with the tightest budgets, according to Adam Drewnowski.

Obesity Prevention on "The Breakfast Club"
BernamaTV | August 15, 2011 | Adam Drewnowski interviewed on obesity prevention on Malaysia's news and current affairs network.

Dietary guidelines would benefit from a reality check | August 11, 2011 | Adam Drewnowski says that dietary guidelines need to take the economic dimensions of people's lives into account. People eat the foods they can afford.

Infographic: The Cost of Healthy Food | August 11, 2011 | An infographic is based on 2004 CPHN research comparing the calories in healthy and unhealthy foods purchased with a dollar.

Heathly eating is hard but not impossible for low-income Americans | August 9, 2011 | References the paper by Pablo Monsivais et al. in Heatlh Affairs.

Study: Healthy eating means spending more at store
Seattle Times | August 8, 2011 | Pablo Monsivais' new study involving King County residents shows that a healthy diet is more expensive and that people who spend less might not be getting recommended nutrients.

Searching for the right recipe | August 7, 2011 | Quotes from Adam Drewnowski about how obesity among the poor is not simply due to "food deserts."

Healthy food cost is barrier to a better diet among poor | August 4, 2011 | Pablo Monsivais says we "have built a food system that makes calories inexpensive but makes nutrients costly." KPLU reports on CPHN's new study of food choices of 1,100 King County residents.

Calorie Counts Won't Cure Obesity
New York Times' Room For Debate | July 24, 2011 | Adam Drewnowsk says that lower income consumers will choose menu options based on perceived value, not calories.

As Black Unemployment Climbs, Healthy Eating Declines
Huffington Post | July 17, 2011 | Quotes by Adam Drewnowski on the fact that foods with high calories tend to be cheaper. "It's really not irrational that a person with a tiny income is going to be more concerned with feeling full than how many anti-oxidants that they get."

Ten Percent of US is Food Desert?
The Economist | July 7, 2011 | Report on a new USDA study showing that 10% of the country is now a "food desert." But CPHN research has shown that only 15% of people shop in their own census tract.

Feeling the Weight series highlights CPHN
Seattle Times | June 12, 2011 | A series of articles exploring the fight against childhood obesity and quoting CPHN faculty Donna Johnson and Adam Drewnowski.

Study finds answer for tastier low salt soups | June 6, 2011 | CPHN researchers in taste, appetite and eating behavior found that using salt substitutes such as glutamate-based compounds satisfied the sensory effects of salt for study participants.

Federal Subsidies for Child Nutrition: More Funding is Better
UW Today | April 26, 2011 | A new CPHN study found that child-care providers who received higher reimbursements spent more on food, and the food was of higher nutritional quality than the food purchased by providers who received lower reimbursements.

Potatoes in children's meals lead to higher diet quality | April 11, 2011 | Meals containing non-fried white potatoes contain more servings of other vegetables and high levels of desirable nutrients. Adam Drewnowski presents new research at the The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology this week.

Home Economics Classes are Making a Comeback
KING-5 TV | February 22, 2011 | Adam Drewnowski was interviewed by about plans for adding classes and facilities at UW for nutrition education.

Soluble dextrin fibre in beverages may improve satiety: Tate & Lyle study| January 18, 2011 | Supplementing beverages with soluble fiber could have implications for weight control, according to a new study.



Divided We Eat| November 22, 2010 | Features quotes by Adam Drewnowski about how Americans' food choices correlate to social class.

Report on Access to Healthy Foods in Washington State| September 9, 2010 | Highlighting the CPHN report "Opportunities for Improving Access to Healthy Foods in Washington State"

Better understanding of food price impact needed: Study | August 24, 2010 | Features findings from an article by Adam Drewnowski in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Study shows growing price gap between healthy and junk foods | August 2, 2010 | Features findings from an article by Pablo Monsivais, Julia McClain and Adam Drewnowski

572 Steps to Better Eating: A Report Offers Solutions to Improve Washington's Food System
Sightline Daily | July 15, 2010 | Highlighting the CPHN report "Opportunities for Improving Access to Healthy Foods in Washington State"

The Farm-Food Connection: Closing the Gap in a Food Insecure World| July 12, 2010 | Highlighting the CPHN report by Donna Johnson and Mary Podrabsky on "Opportunities for Improving Access to Healthy Foods in Washington State"

Outlast Your Cravings
Men's Health | July 8, 2010 | Adam Drewnowski is quoted

Obesity plagues impoverished residents in Stanislaus, Merced counties
Modesto Bee | May 25, 2010 | Adam Drewnowski is quoted

It’s the (Food) Economy, Stupid
Wall Street Journal | May 25, 2010 | Features findings from the May 2010 CPHN Research Brief

Pricey grocery stores attract skinniest shoppers
MSNBC | May 24, 2010 | Features findings from the May 2010 CPHN Research Brief

Fighting Obesity by Teaching How to Cook
KPLU | May 7, 2010 | Radio segment with Adam Drewnowski

School Lunch
KUOW The Conversation | March 31, 2010 | Interviewed Donna Johnson

Advocates hope calorie labeling law will coax chain restaurants to offer healthier options
Los Angeles Times | March 31, 2010 | Cites Barbara Bruemmer


Poverty, Obesity, and Health
KUOW Weekday | December 23, 2009 | Interview: Adam Drewnowski

Food Stamps: The Economics of Eating Well
The New York Times | December 8, 2009 | Quotes: Adam Drewnowski

Healthy Eating: Sweet predicament at the table
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | November 11, 2009 | Quotes: Adam Drewnowski

Are Calories On Fast Food Menus Changing Your Order?
Fox 13 News | November 10, 2009 | Quotes: Barbara Bruemmer

Affordable and healthy is not an oxymoron | October 22, 2009 | Cites: Adam Drewnowski

New Food Rating System Considers Cost, Nutrition
Supermarket News | October 20, 2009 | Quotes: Adam Drewnowski

Supermarket price discrepancy with health foods
King 5 News | July 10, 2009 | Features results from the July 2009 CPHN Research Brief

Better diets more costly, enjoyed by the most educated
University Week | May 7, 2009 | Focuses on Adam Drewnowski's research

Experts Are Thinking About What You Eat. Maybe You Should Join Them.
The Washington Post | April 29, 2009 | Quotes: Adam Drewnowski

On ne reviendra pas au pain blanc en tranches
La Presse | April 3, 2009 | Quotes: Adam Drewnowski

L'obésité infantile, un problème présent | April 1, 2009 | Radio Interview with Dr. Drewnowski

Obésité : un code postal qui en dit long
24 heures | April 1, 2009 | Quotes: Adam Drewnowski

Eating Well on a Downsized Food Budget
The New York Times | March 2, 2009 | Quotes: Adam Drewnowski

Sweeteners: Real Aid or Excuse to Indulge?
The New York Times | February 16, 2009 | Cites: Adam Drewnowski

Getting to the Root of America's Obesity Epidemic
City Living | February 12, 2009 | Cites: Adam Drewnowski |

The Depression Diet | January 16, 2009 | Podcast of Interview with Adam Drewnowski

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