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News & Features

Mar 30
2015

Should We Tax Unhealthy Foods?

An argument for taxing less nutritious foods to subsidize the nourishing ones

What does a 20-ounce bottle of soda cost? If you said 99 cents, you are only partly right. While that may be the price on the sticker at the store, it doesn’t take into account the cost to public health. One study, for example, found for every extra can of soda a person drinks per day, he or she is 30 percent more likely to become obese—increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.

Mar 20
2015

Kids Walk and Run to Fitness

ChildObesity180 starts Billion Mile Race to encourage children to get moving

ChildObesity180, an organization at Tufts University’s Friedman School that is working to reverse the trend of childhood obesity, is teaming up with the New Balance Foundation and the 100 Mile Club to get school kids nationwide walking and running for better health.

Mar 6
2015

Finding  the Next Famine

Christopher Hillbruner, N07, and his team monitor the globe to predict the world’s coming food crises

Last year, Christopher Hillbruner, N07, had 10 countries on the front burner, all in danger of boiling over. In Central America, drought and an epidemic of coffee rust had reduced crop yields and driven down wages, making it harder for people to feed their families. South Sudan’s outlook remained dire, with 2.5 million people expected to be in food crisis in early 2015, thanks to the protracted conflict. And then there was the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which, in addition to the thousands who will die from the virus, could leave an estimated 1.3 million people without enough to eat.

Feb 26
2015

Do the benefits of drinking raw milk outweigh the risks?

Alicia Romano, N10, a registered dietitian at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center, says the answer is clear

Raw milk is milk that has not undergone pasteurization, the bacteria-killing heat treatment designed to reduce human pathogens and increase shelf life. Unpasteurized milk can contain potentially harmful and deadly pathogens, including listeria, salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7 and campylobacter.

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