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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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. 

ChildObesity180 Shapes Up Somerville
ChildObesity180 Shapes Up Somerville

“We’ve provided new evidence that community wide school-based obesity prevention efforts may go beyond the target audience of young children and influence the weight status of their parent....From a public health perspective, this is a pretty powerful observation,” says Christina Economos, Ph.D., Vice-Chair and Director of ChildObesity180, and principal investigator of Shape Up Somerville. 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.  

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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.  

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Spotlight: Feinstein International Center

Ongoing research at The Feinstein International Center is focused on understanding the nutrition and food security needs of people affected by acute crises. Students in the The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) program play active roles in the politics and policy of aiding the vulnerable; from protection and rights in crisis situations, to the rehabilitation of livelihood systems affected by disaster.

Friedman Profiles

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Kiley Albrecht
As a new graduate student, the first thing I noticed was the unmatched support, understanding, and hospitality of the faculty and staff. I was given the invaluable opportunity to work as Dr. Diane McKay's teaching assistant in Fundamentals of Nutrition Science. As an aspiring professor, I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable and encouraging mentor.