In the News

Selected articles featuring University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program faculty, research, and other program activities.

Another Fallout from the Great Recession: Fewer People Took Their Blood Pressure and Diabetes Medications

STAT, March 12, 2018
STAT reports on a newly published study looking at the hidden impact of the Great Recession on people’s health — and that those impacts could have long-term consequences. Associate Professor Jessica Jones-Smith weighs in with her research experience looking at socioeconomic factors’ impact on health outcomes.

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New Food Truck Class at UW

KUOW-FM NPR, February 13, 2018 (audio recording)
Lecturer Anne-Marie Gloster talks about the new course she designed, Food Truck Rodeo, and the concept of ‘Farm to Fork’.

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New UW Course Fueled by Food Truck Craze

UW SPH News, February 9, 2018
University of Washington students can learn about the mobile food industry as it relates to the larger food system in a new course from the UW School of Public Health called “Food Truck Rodeo.” Nutritional Sciences Program Lecturer Anne-Marie Gloster is quoted on the new course she designed (NUTR 390A).

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How to Eat Healthy: 25 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

SELF, January 18, 2018
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be convoluted. What’s important is that you stick to the basics, which is easy to do with these 25 commonsense tips. Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski is quoted.

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Washington Obesity Collaborative to Study Impact of Seattle’s Soda Tax on Health, Economics

ASPPH, January 17, 2018
For Healthy Weight Week, the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) highlight what their members are currently doing regarding the overwhelming levels of obesity in the U.S. This includes NSP’s affiliate, the Collaborative on Obesity Research & Action (CORA) at UW. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted on CORA, and the Seattle Soda Tax evaluation work.

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Soda Tax Goes into Effect Jan. 1

Q13 News, January 3, 2018
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health, School of Social Work and Evans School of Public Policy will study the effectiveness of Seattle’s new soda tax. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is interviewed.

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Seattle’s Soda Tax: Financial Incentive for Your New Year’s Resolution

KUOW, January 3, 2018 (audio recording & article)
Seattle’s new soda tax hit stores on January 1. Officials hope the tax – 1.75 pennies for every ounce of sugary drinks purchased – will help decrease obesity without hurting businesses. Scientists in Seattle will be monitoring the results. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted.

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University of Washington to Study Seattle Soda Tax

KING5, December 29, 2017
The City of Seattle gave the University of Washington $500,000 to study the socio-economic impact of the new soda tax. Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted.

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Jesse Jones-Smith Co-Leads Study of Soda-Tax Impact on Seattle Health, Economics

Nutritional Sciences News & UW Medicine Newsroom, December 27, 2017
How will we know if Seattle’s new soda tax, which takes effect Jan. 1, actually reduces the consumption of sugary drinks? A multi-disciplinary team, led by obesity epidemiologist Dr. Jesse Jones-Smith of the UW School of Public Health and Dr. Nadine Chan of Public Health – Seattle & King County, will assess how the new tax changes buying and drinking habits over the next four years.

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UW Project Seeks Sustainable Blueprint for Hydropower Dams

UW News, December 13, 2017
An interdisciplinary team including Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski and other UW experts in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, and Environmental and Forest Sciences is working with Arizona State University on a research project funded by the National Science Foundation to address the critical issues of feeding people, generating energy, and maintaining functioning ecosystems.

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Mapping the Policy Landscape: Visualizing Nutrition Regulations in Early Childhood Care and Education

Arcade, November 14, 2017
Nutritional Sciences Program Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten and Tad Hirsch of Northeastern University discuss policy visualizations to illustrate complex systems, and explore how visualizations might better support public health and nutrition.

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Raising Seattle’s Minimum Wage Did Not Increase Supermarket Food Prices

UW SPH News, September 25, 2017
Raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $13 an hour did not affect the price of food at supermarkets, according to a new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health. This article features the work of Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten, epidemiology doctoral student James Buszkiewicz, and their work in the Minimum Wage Study Team.

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Road Map to Achieving a Sustainable, Equitable Food System in Washington

UW SPH News, September 9, 2017
Members of the Washington State Food System Roundtable, including a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health, address these food issues and others in a report released online this summer. Called a “prospectus,” the report presents goals and strategies to achieve a 25-year vision for the state’s food system. This article quotes roundtable member and Nutritional Sciences Program core faculty Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten.

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Communities Cash in on Better Health, Lower Obesity Rates

UW SPH News, July 25, 2017
Research by Jesse Jones-Smith, Associate Professor and core faculty of the Nutritional Sciences Program, found that adding or expanding a tribal casino reduced the prevalence of Native American babies born large for gestational age, which is a risk factor for being overweight later in life.

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New Initiative Led by School of Public Health Researchers Expands Food Environment Research in Developing Countries

UW SPH News, June 9, 2017
A new initiative by researchers at SPH is accelerating food environment research in developing countries to address food insecurity and malnutrition. Nutritional Sciences Program Director Adam Drewnowski and Acting Assistant Professor Anju Aggarwal are quoted in this article on food environment research.

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