Nourishing Minds. Nourishing Humanity.

Since 1981, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University has been dedicated to improving the nutritional well-being of people worldwide. Faculty at the school include biomedical scientists, economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, physicians, political scientists and psychologists who focus on a myriad of issues with the common thread of nutrition and its role in fostering the growth and development of human populations.

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Downward Trend in Global Diet Quality
Downward Trend in Global Diet Quality

In a first-of-its-kind analysis of worldwide dietary patterns, a team including researchers from the Friedman School found overall diet quality worsened across the world even as consumption of healthier foods increased in many countries. Results were published in the March issue of The Lancet Global Health. “These new findings can be used to inform policies and prevention efforts aimed at improving dietary patterns to reduce these burdens.” says Dariush Mozaffarian. Read more at Tufts Now.

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The Latest News in Nutrition

The Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter provides its readers with honest, reliable, scientifically authoritative health and nutrition advice that can provide direct and often immediate effects on their health. The content of our newsletter is based substantially from the research and expertise of Friedman School faculty from the areas of clinical nutrition, social and public policy, and bio-medicine.  

Student Research Conference
Students Helm Research Conference

The Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference is a unique venue for graduate students and professionals to submit and present original research relating to the food system and/or nutrition science. Last year, attendees joined us from all over the country to hear students from 30 universities present research from fields as diverse as anthropology and nutritional epidemiology. Register now

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Good Science Leads to Effective Policy

In a study published recently in Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal of the CDC, Senior HNRCA Scientist and Friedman Professor, Alice Lichtenstein finds little change in fast food portion sizes and product formulation between 1996 and 2013. "The take-home message is that we can’t just attribute the obesity epidemic to the simple, knee-jerk explanation of portion size." says Lichtenstein. A decline in trans fat, however, seems to indicate legislative measures may be part of the solution. Read more at Tufts Now. 

Leading the Discourse on Heart Health
Leading the Discourse on Heart Health

Friedman Dean Dariush Mozaffarian is the lead author on a new comprehensive report from the American Heart Association: Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2015 Update. The annual report is a critical resource for healthcare professionals, policy makers, and the general public; providing the most up to date information on the state of cardiovascular health both nationally and globally. This data will have tremendous impact on policy and public health discussions into the new year and beyond.