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Rethinking Obesity American don't choose to be fat. Many live wihtin a 'system they do not control.'

What’s to blame for Americans’ obesity problem? Start with the system.

July 26, 2022 | USA Today

“Obesity can vary by 600% depending on a person’s address,” said Dr. Adam Drewnowski who contributes to this USA Today article discussing the multifactorial issues contributing to the American obesity epidemic.

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Sweetened beverage taxes produce net economic benefits for lower-income communities

July 8, 2022 | UW News

New study from University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition examines the economic equity impacts of sweetened beverage taxes in three cities: Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Jessica Jones-Smith was co-prinicipal investigator and Lina Pinero Walkinshaw was a co-author on the study.

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Pandemic disrupts food access for tribal communities

January 24, 2022 | DEOHS Blog

DEOHS Blog highlights how tribal communities in Washington state experienced food insecurity during the pandemic, according to according to a new report by researchers at the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NWTEC), a division of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the University of Washington and Tacoma Community College.

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Survey shows disproportionate food insecurities in Washington tribal communities

January 20, 2022 | UW Population Health

Highlights findings from a recent study, WATRIBAL, which shows the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food disparities and food sovereignty among American Indian/Alaska Native communities in Washington State.

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Resiliency of food systems during COVID-19

January 10, 2022 | KOMO Radio

A UW study focuses on the adaptations made to keep food systems going during the pandemic. It found a third of farmers formed new working relationships while coping with supply chain failures, worker shortages and more.

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New Evidence Suggests That Seattle’s Soda Tax Is Working — and It’s Working Well

January 11, 2022 | The Patch

A study in Baltimore which uses grocery store sales data bolsters early evidence published by UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, supporting the that the Seattle soda tax is working. Jessica Jones-Smith, lead researcher involved in the UW research is quoted.

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Studies show how the pandemic pushed the food system to the brink

January 9, 2022 |

UW researchers published a study commissioned by the state Department of Agriculture that focused on the resiliency of the state’s food system during the pandemic, and the adaptations made by the system.

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Studies show extent of strain to Washington’s food access and food production systems due to COVID-19

December 14, 2021 | Washington State Department of Agriculture

A UW study commissioned by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) by researchers in the Center for Public Health Nutrition in the UW School of Public Health demonstrates how the COVID-19 pandemic affected access to food in Washington, in the areas of both food production and food assistance, and how the state can learn from the pandemic and take advantage of new opportunities.

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Washington state food assessment report: How the pandemic has affected food access

December 14, 2021 | Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

New UW study commissioned by the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows the pandemic’s strain on Washington’s food access and food production systems. This DEOHS blog post highlights the team’s findings.

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Fight climate change by eating your leftovers this holiday season

December 4, 2021 | The Verge

Marie Spiker is quoted in this article highlighting the global impacts of food waste on the environment and gives advice on how we as consumers can do our part by reducing food waste at home.

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