Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

Research & Practice

April 18, 2024

Student-led hydroponics farm cultivates food and a growing community  

An indoor hydroponic farm at University of Washington is bringing awareness to sustainable alternatives to soil-based agriculture  Three University of Washington students work side by side to harvest a new crop of Daikon radishes from the small vegetable and herb farm they help operate out of a classroom in Condon Hall.   Radishes are one of…

March 20, 2024

UW and partners launch new project connecting sea to soil for climate resilience

With funding from the USDA, UW researchers and partners will help farmers pilot an innovative new practice and build networks to enhance regional food system resilience SEATTLE (March 20, 2024) — Washington’s farmers are on the front lines of climate change. Whether they are growing vegetables on farmland or raising shellfish on tidelands, farmers’ productivity…

March 14, 2024

Public health nutrition student practicums support city and state health initiatives

MPH-Nutrition student spotlight

In recognition of National Nutrition Month®, we spotlight three Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition (MPH-Nutrition) students in the University of Washington School of Public Health who are working on local initiatives and programs in winter internships that relate to food security, food access, community health, and food sovereignty. MPH-Nutrition second year students…

October 11, 2023

New paper illustrates complexity of food systems data and how to close gaps

Preview of food systems data source visualization diagram

How do we support and transform sustainable food systems while maintaining and improving the nutritional status of the population? This question has become a global public health priority for international organizations, funders, academics, and policymakers.  Because food systems data are so transdisciplinary and intersect many domains such as health, nutrition, economics, society, and environment, creating…

June 27, 2023

The Regenerative Power of Seaweed in Soil Fertility and Human Health

The purpose of this research was to examine seaweed/kelp from indigenous and food systems, nutrition, and health perspectives. Interviews and academic research were evaluated to give context to seaweed’s importance in ecosystem and soil health, sustainability, local food systems, and dietetics.

June 26, 2023

Investigation of the Correlation Between Food Science and Oral Health

The purpose of this internship was to investigate the bidirectional relationship between nutritional and oral health by critically examining information gained through clinical observations, the results of patient dietary interviews, and access to patient demographic data. Community Partner: Bellevue Dental Oasis

Exploration of the Association Between Family Eating Habits in Adolescence and Intuitive Eating in Young Adulthood

This research explores and evaluates the relationship between college students’ current level of intuitive eating and their parents’ or primary caregivers’ feeding style during the students’ adolescence.

Differences in state-level accessibility to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Collected and recorded 2023 data from all 50 U.S. states to compare SNAP policy choices from past USDA data. This will show state-level trends, eligibility criteria, and participant requirements.

June 13, 2023

Evaluating the Impact of Changes in the Service Delivery of WIC and First Steps in King County

Worked with Parent-Child Health Programs to design, conduct, and analyze semi-structured, qualitative interviews with clients of the First Steps and WIC program. Conducted 27 interviews across six different WIC/First Steps clinic locations in King County, did a thematic analysis of the transcripts to highlight key themes, and presented recommendations to Public Health Seattle King County…

June 12, 2023

Assessment and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Practice Education Event for Students of the UW Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics and School of Pharmacy Program

Assessed and evaluated student participation in and feedback of an Interprofessional Practice Education (IPE) event with UW graduate students from the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics and School of Pharmacy. Community Partners: UW Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics and UW School of Pharmacy

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