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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Leaders In Obesity Intervention and Prevention

Christina D. Economos PhD, Associate Professor at Friedman, is Vice Chair and Director of ChildObesity 180--an initiative comprised of Friedman faculty and staff plus senior leaders in government, academia, private sector and non-profits.Read more about the research going on at CO180.

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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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School to Farm to Table

The Agriculture, Food, and Environment (AFE) Program of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University initiated New Entry, and the project continues to be an integral part of the school's academic program. New Entry provides opportunities for student involvement via internships, directed study, and research, while AFE faculty foster curriculum connections in hands-on laboratories in the fields.

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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!

Friedman Profiles

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Joan VanWassenhove
It is easy to feel overwhelmed in any program of graduate study, but I have not felt lost here at Friedman, in large part thanks to a having a wonderful advisor and knowing that professors are always generous with their time and are incredibly responsive to students’ questions and concerns.