Center for Public Health Nutrition

Food Prices and Food Environments


Eating a nutritious, healthful diet is not just a matter of individual choice. What we choose to eat and drink each day is greatly shaped by our environments - the places we work, study, shop and relax. As policymakers and the food industry work to help people eat better, research is needed to more fully understand the features of the food environment that impact our eating behavior.

Girl at farmer's marketOur work in the following areas brings together nutrition, public policy, regulation and economics:

  • Nutrient Profiling
    Defining the nutritional quality of foods in a way that is objective and transparent
  • Food Prices
    How the cost of food relates to its nutritional quality and how economic issues affect what people eat
  • Menu Labeling
    Impact of calorie and other nutrition labeling on food purchasing decisions and consumption patterns

For More Information:

Adam Drewnowski, PhD,
Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition, (206) 543-8016

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