We are together in everything

Written by Sarah Wishloff, undergraduate student at Amherst College and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program How did I get here? The thought runs through my head as nurse Eleanor translates my words into Chichewa. I am leading a meeting with five village chiefs about a new research study that the […]

Changing from the inside out & from the bottom up: How nutritional guidelines can empower & educate consumers while motivating industry change

Written by Diana Parra Perez, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the Brown School  At publishing, Professor Perez was assistant professor of physical therapy at the School of Medicine “Garbage disguised as food triumphs: this industry conquers the palates of the world and reduces the traditions of the local cuisine to shreds. The customs of good […]

Go further with food by meal planning

Written by Rachel Tabak, PhD, research assistant professor at the Brown School The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has celebrated National Nutrition Month® since 1980. Themes have ranged from Food Fads Fool to Step Up to Get Your Plate in Shape. The goal each year includes increasing awareness of the importance of nutrition. Even though […]

Finding a nutritious balance

Written by Eliza Antonowich, communications assistant at the Institute for Public Health As a sophomore in college, I have found that the most popular buzzword in conversation on campus must be balance. How can one possibly manage all the components that lead to success? From academics, a job, exercise, extracurricular activities, a social life, and […]

Summer Research Program alumni blog – Karthik Rohatgi

Written by Karthik Rohatgi, Summer Research Program alumnus In summer 2015, through the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Indi Trehan on the final stages of the ARTMAM study. The goal of the study was to determine the effects of simultaneous treatment with […]

School environment increases sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in Guatemalan adolescents

New research from Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues has found that school attending adolescents in Guatemala report high sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. Few studies have evaluated sugar-sweetened beverages consumption, such as soda or sweetened coffee drinks, in Guatemalan youth and its association with the school […]

Food for thought: GMO, food security & pesticides

Written by Amber Lee, undergraduate in human development at Cornell University and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program  Dr. S. Eliza Halcomb Dunn discussed the importance of understanding global food insecurity in the context of public health. The implications of food insecurity are far-reaching, and projected human population growth rates predict […]

How should microbiota-directed foods be regulated?

The Global Health Center, headed by William Powderly, MD, is working with the Center for Gut Microbiome and Nutrition Research, directed by Jeffrey Gordon, MD, and a multidisciplinary team of Washington University faculty, staff and trainees in a gut microbiome initiative designed to address a range of scientific, regulatory, ethical, social, cultural, and policy considerations […]

Gordon Lab visit: childhood malnutrition

Written by Cormac Everard, undergraduate medical student at University College Dublin and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program On June 15, we had the pleasure and privilege of meeting Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon, the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and director of the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences […]

An alternative to politics over the holidays

Written by Stephanie Herbers, MSW/MPH, manager of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Dread the thought of talking about politics at your upcoming holiday events with family? Consider using the time to talk about preferences for end-of-life instead. According to a national survey sponsored by non-profit The Conversation […]

HEAL Partnership aims to reduce obesity in St. Louis by 5% by 2018

Written by Melissa Ramel, MS, MPH, RD, LD, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University It’s the beginning of a New Year which brings New Year’s resolutions, cold weather, and hope for healthy change. For the HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) Partnership, the community coalition tasked with reducing obesity […]

Food Outreach helps local HIV/AIDS patients through nutrition and education

Written by Jessica Healey, marketing and event specialist at Food Outreach For more than 27 years, Food Outreach has continued to be the only nonprofit organization in the greater St. Louis area that focuses on providing vital nutritional support to low-income men, women and children with HIV/AIDS or cancer. An impassioned staff, along with 600 […]

Bringing a superfood down to earth

Genetically modified (GM) crops are mostly planted on large industrialized farms (mainly in the US, Brazil, and Argentina), but there continues to be keen interest in—and debate on—their utility for small farmers and poor consumers in the Global South. In this regard, “Golden Rice” has received the most attention. Golden Rice is a medical food, engineered […]

Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) partnership in St. Louis

Written by Kara Lubischer, MUPPD, community development specialist at University of Missouri Extension The HEAL Partnership is working to reduce obesity in the City of St. Louis by increasing access to healthier foods. The problem How close do you live to the nearest grocery store? If you live in the City of St. Louis, chances are […]

Replacing superfoods with science

Written by Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, deputy director of the Institute for Public Health; and professor in the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine When it comes to cancer, there are few topics as supercharged as diet. A quick search of “diet and cancer” in Google News alone returns over 3 million stories. […]

Making the best food choices can be simple

Written by Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, director of nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis The internet is full of diet proclamations, new diet books and promised answers to eternal youth and or health but when you look at all of these claims you often see that each might be a bit […]