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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As Kids Get Older, Snacks Get Poorer

In a collaborative study with senior author Aviva Must, N87, N92, Dean of Public Health at the Tufts School of Medicine, Friedman researchers have found that younger children are consuming healthier snacks than adolescents. This research poses important questions about how we can educate children to make healthier food choices as they grow older. Read more at Tufts Now.

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Wilde Analyzes Latest Data on U.S. Food Insecurity

The USDA Economic Research Service has released findings which reveal no significant change in the percentage of food insecure households, despite economic growth and reduced unemployment rates in the U.S. "The high rate of household food insecurity represents a major disappointment for U.S. anti-poverty policy," writes Friedman Faculty member Parke Wilde. Read more at Wilde's blog, U.S. Food Policy

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Would a New Tax Help Reshape the Food Supply?

In a recent Viewpoint published by The Journal of American Medicine, Dean Dariush Mozaffarian calls for the implementation of taxes and subsidies to improve dietary quality in the United States. Listen to his author reading on the JAMA Network, and read the full story at Tufts Now.

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Taking Sodium Research to Heart

Friedman School Dean Dariush Mozaffarian is the lead author of a new study linking 1.65 million cardiovascular deaths each year to high sodium consumption. Researchers found the average daily level of global sodium consumption in 2010 to be nearly double the standard recommended by the World Health Organization. The findings were published in the August 14th issue of NEJM. Read more on Tufts Now!

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Body by Smartphone

Friedman Alumni are forging new paths in our thinking about how smartphone apps can aid us in staying healthy. Graduates of the Nutrition Communication master's program at Friedman help inform the development of a nutrition-based fitness app at Boston-based company Good Measures that will ultimately tailor its feedback to each user's personal dietary needs. Read more on Tufts Now!