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News & Features

Sep 29

Fletcher School Receives $1 Million Grant

Carnegie award will seed research and outreach on legitimacy of fragile states

The Fletcher School has been awarded $1 million from the Carnegie Corporation to develop strategies to enhance the legitimacy of fragile states through research and outreach aimed at the media and policymakers. The initiative will explore indicators for state legitimacy across four sectors: political, economic, justice and security.

Sep 26

Is coconut oil good for you?

Alice H. Lichtenstein, Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, serves up an answer

There is no consistent body of data that I am aware of to indicate that coconut oil has documented specific beneficial effects; hence, there is no data that I’m aware of to suggest people should go out of their way to consume coconut oil.

There is some data, however, to suggest it is best to avoid consuming coconut oil because it is relatively high in saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids raise LDL cholesterol, which is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Sep 24

Making the Rounds

New signage in Boston helps identify the campus and guide visitors

Some places have about them a strong sense of their identity and overall design. Think of a college quad ringed by trim brick buildings, or a snugly walled Italian hill town. In either case, you know where you are and where you stand in relation to the other parts of the locale.

Sep 12

As Kids Get Older, Snacks Get Poorer

Researchers quizzed Boston-area students about their eating habits, and found younger children eat healthier than older ones

American kids snack about three times a day on average, totaling about a third of their daily calorie count. But whether those snacks are good choices has a lot to do with the child’s age, according to a new study.

Recent News Releases

Aug 13

Mediterranean Diet Counteracts a Genetic Risk of Stroke, Study Reports

BOSTON (August 13, 2013, 10 am EDT) -- A gene variant strongly associated with development of type 2 diabetes appears to interact with a Mediterranean diet pattern to prevent stroke, report researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and from the CIBER Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutriciόn in Spain.

Jun 26

New Data Support Community-Wide Approach to Addressing Child Obesity

BOSTON (June 26, 2013)— Community wide interventions hold promise as an effective approach to reducing childhood obesity rates according to new research from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine.  An analysis of data from the first two school years (20 calendar months) of the Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard™ intervention showed that schoolchildren in Somerville, Massachusetts gained less weight and were less likely to be obese or overweight than schoolchildren in two similar control communit

May 13

Independent and Small-Chain Restaurant Meals Exceed Recommended Daily Calorie Needs

 BOSTON, MA (May 13, 2013, 4pm EDT) – As the restaurant industry prepares to implement new rules requiring chains with 20 or more locations to post calorie content information, the results of a new study suggest that it would be beneficial to public health for all restaurants to provide consumers with the nutritional content of their products.  Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University analyzed meals from independent and small- chain restaurants, which account for approximately 50% of the nation’s res