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News & Features

Sep 12
2014

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.

Sep 12
2014

When Green Is the Only Option

Companies are realizing that sustainability issues are here to stay

Prefer farmers markets to supermarket chains? Organic Vermont goat cheese to Velveeta? Then there’s a market segment with a hip acronym just for you: LOHAS, or people livin’ a Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability.

Sep 9
2014

Five Tufts Researchers Are Among World’s Most Influential

Scientists are noted for publishing work that is most frequently cited by their colleagues

Five Tufts researchers have been named to Thompson Reuter’s 2014 list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. The list [pdf] cites the top thinkers in 21 fields of study and is based on how frequently their publications were cited by other scientists between 2002 and 2013. Thompson Reuter is a multinational media and information company based in New York City.

Aug 28
2014

Students' Lunches from Home Fall Short

A new study shows that those brown bags are usually strong on snacks and weak on nutrition

School lunch is a hot topic. Parents, administrators and policymakers are squaring off on federal guidelines requiring schools to serve healthier, more affordable and ecologically sustainable meals. No matter how they pan out, these guidelines won’t apply to a sizable portion of the classroom. More than 40 percent of kids bring their lunch on any given day, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

What’s in those brown paper bags? Is the food brought from home of higher or lower quality than what the lunch lady serves? 

Recent News Releases

Aug 13
2013

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
2013

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
2013

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