Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health


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…

April 17, 2024

Paola Bregni Ibarra receives 2024 outstanding dietetics student award

Paola Maria Bregni Ibarra

Congratulations to Paola Bregni Ibarra, a University of Washington student in the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD), who has received the 2024 Outstanding Coordinated Program Dietetic Student Award, given by the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND).  Ibarra is a second year student at UW pursuing a Master of Science in Nutritional…

April 1, 2024

New book ‘Getting to Baby’ offers advice for boosting fertility

Judy Simon

Judy Simon is interviewed by The Seattle Times about her a new book she co-authored that offers advice for boosting fertility through optimal nutrition, using an evidence-based, compassionate approach. Simon is a fertility expert and registered dietitian at University of Washington Medicine and a clinical instructor in the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Program. This…

March 29, 2024

2023-24 undergraduate scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the 2023-24 undergraduate scholarship recipients supported by the Food Systems, Nutrition and Health Major Student Fund, established by dedicated alumni and friends to ensure the Food Systems major thrives in its early years. This year’s outstanding scholarship recipients were selected for their excellent academic achievement, dedication to community service and extracurricular activities, professional…

March 22, 2024

Adam Drewnowski named 2024 Wilbur Olin Atwater Memorial Lecturer

Adam Drewnowski

The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has named Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health the 2024 Wilbur Olin Atwater Memorial Lecturer. The Wiblur Olin Atwater Memorial Lecture is a forum for a presentation on a scientific topic, trend, issue, or policy of the lecturer’s…

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…

February 12, 2024

Nutritional Sciences Program changes name to Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

student measuring squash in a UW food systems class at UW Farm

The University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program is now known as the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Program, effective Jan. 1, 2024.  The renaming process began before the pandemic when program faculty and stakeholders suggested that a new name could better align with the program’s mission; the scope of its current educational programs, teaching and…

November 29, 2023

UW study abroad course explores sustainable food systems in Italy

This 24-day program is offered in early fall start 2024 and explores sustainable food systems in five regions of Italy. Interested? Attend an Information Session All sessions will be held in Raitt 229 About the Program La Dolce Vita: Exploring Italy in Search of Food, History, and the Future of Sustainable Food Systems is an…

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…

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