Center for Public Health Nutrition

Reports & Briefs


Identifying Direct Market Opportunities and Challenges for King County Farm Businesses: A Strategic Initiative of King Conservation District [PDF]

This project conducts a systematic literature review on direct marketing in the United States and surveys and interviews with King County farmers about their experience with farming and direct marketing. More details>

Food Waste Prevention and Recovery Assessment

This report was prepared by UW CPHN for the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment and Seattle Public Utilities in 2015 and released in 2016. The report assesses the barriers and opportunities to food waste prevention and recovery and has 11 high–level recommendations to increase food waste prevention and recovery in the commercial sector. It informs Seattle Public Utilities and other City departments about the roles they might play in fostering prevention and recovery. (pdf)

Evaluating Washington State's Healthy Nutrition Guidelines: Report from a Baseline Evaluation of Executive Order 13-06

A report prepared for the Washington State Department of Health, September 2014 (pdf)

Opportunities for Increasing Access to Healthy Foods in Washington

A report prepared for the Access to Healthy Foods Coalition, June 2010 (pdf)

CPHN Research Briefs

CPHN Research BriefIs Amazon really making healthy foods affordable?

Amazon recently reduced prices of selected Whole Food items to make organic food affordable. This brief compares newly reduced Whole Food prices with the corresponding products from Safeway on the gradient of nutrient density of food items to assess if this price drop is really making nutrient rich food affordable. August 2017(pdf)



juicebriefReplacing Juice with Fruit: Nutrition and Economic Effects

Substituting 100% fruit juice with fresh fruit in children’s diets reduced calories and increased fiber -- but increased diet costs. Replacement of fruit juice with canned fruit only modestly increased costs, but resulted in less impressive nutritional benefits. Results are from a nationally representative sample of 7,000 children and adolescents. May 2012 (pdf)



How Farmers Markets Can Promote Access to Healthy Food: A Look at How Population Groups and Farmers Markets Interact

More low income people can shop at farmers markets, thanks to the success of initiatives like the recent pilot program to install Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) devices at selected markets in Washington. This brief assesses the interaction of farmers markets and population groups, and cites public policy implications. August 2010 (pdf)



The Supermarket Gap: How to Ensure Equitable Access to Affordable, Healthy Foods

People living in low-income, high minority or rural areas may have limited access to full service supermarkets and to grocery stores selling healthy foods. This brief presents data from the Seattle Obesity Study (S.O.S) to show the critical distinction between the nearest grocery store and the one that was actually used by the respondent. May 2010 (pdf)

CPHN Research BriefThe Search for Affordable Nutrient Rich Foods: A comparison ofsupermarketfood prices in Seattle-King County

Summarizes results of a study that used a market basket of 100 foods to examine (1) whether food prices within a given supermarket chain varied by store location, and (2) whether the same 100 foods cost more in different store chains. July 2009 (pdf)

Can Low-Income Americans Afford a Healthy Diet?

Building a case for affordable good nutrition as the theme of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. March 2009 (pdf)

PLAN BriefHow Washington School Wellness Policies Measure Up: PLAN Research Briefs

The Policy Legislation and Nutrition (PLAN) study examined the effects of legislation that required school districts to develop nutrition and physical activity policies. The collection of study briefs highlight key results and policy implications.
Fall 2009
Index of Briefs



Child care briefChild Care & Obesity Prevention Issue Briefs

Five briefs highlighting the importance of child care in obesity prevention efforts and outlining best practices and policy strategies. June 2009 and August 2010