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December 9, 2022

How to Get Connected And Fight Food Insecurity

Marie Spiker is quoted in this article which highlights ways to help fight food insecurity in the Greater Seattle area in a meaningful way during the holiday season. Spiker says, “It’s not just about ‘not having food’ — people may find themselves skipping meals, reducing the size of their meals or choosing non-preferred foods for…

July 26, 2022

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

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

“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.

July 8, 2022

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

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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.

January 24, 2022

Pandemic disrupts food access for tribal communities

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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.

January 20, 2022

Survey shows disproportionate food insecurities in Washington tribal communities

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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.

Resiliency of food systems during COVID-19

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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.

January 11, 2022

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

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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.

January 9, 2022

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

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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.

December 14, 2021

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

Preview screenshot of the WSDA Washington Food System Assessment Report 2021

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…

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

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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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