Ongoing Projects/Studies

Shape Up Somerville
Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart. Play Hard. was a community-based obesity prevention research study that aimed to influence the health of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in Somerville, MA by changing the environment of their schools, homes, and community to promote increased physical activity and healthy eating.
Food Aid Quality Review
The United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Food for Peace program has awarded grant of approximately US $1.5 million to Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to examine the nutritional needs of beneficiary populations across the developing world, and the nutrition quality of commodities currently available to meet those needs. USAID, through funding provided by Public Law 480 (Title II), makes commodity donations to address the needs of undernourished and food insecure families through five-year development projects and in the context of emergency food assistance programs. Populations of concern include orphans and vulnerable children, undernourished pregnant and lactating women, students in grades K-8, food insecure adolescents and adults, and persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP)
USAID has issued a $15 Million award to the Friedman School to lead a consortium of US-based institutions and developing country partners in implementing two concurrent five-year programs in Africa and Asia in support of the US's "Feed the Future" initiative.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Learn about the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a partnership effort designed to help recent immigrants with backgrounds in agriculture to establish themselves as commercial farmers in New England.
Growing Stronger
The Growing Stronger project is a collaborative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hancock Center. Growing Stronger is a strength training program for older adults, available online and in a printed version.
Body Composition Analysis Center at Tufts University
The Body Composition Analysis Center at Tufts University offers a combination of scientific expertise and cutting-edge computer technology for the analysis of body composition.

Past Research Projects/Studies

The BONES Project
The BONES Project was a research intervention designed to promote bone health in early elementary school children who were participating in after-school programs.
Tufts Longitudinal Health Study
TLHS will provide the foundation and framework to build new health initiatives designed to change and enhance the existing culture and environment at Tufts.