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Study Finds Improved WIC Food Packages Reduced Obesity Risk for Children

Sweeping changes designed to make a major federal food assistance program more nutritious for low-income families were effective in reducing obesity risk for 4-year-olds who had been on the program since birth, according to a new study by researchers from Tulane University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and PHFE WIC. “Our study shows that improving nutrition quality made a measurable impact in lowering obesity risk for children receiving the new food package compared to those receiving the old,” said lead author Pia Chaparro, assistant professor of nutrition at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Keep reading >>

Tulane researcher selected to serve on federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services selected Tulane University clinical researcher and epidemiologist Dr. Lydia Bazzano as one of 20 nationally recognized nutrition experts to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Keep reading >>

Study: Lower-carbon diets aren’t just good for the planet, they’re also healthier

A new Tulane University study examining the carbon footprint of what more than 16,000 Americans eat in a day has good news for environmentally conscious consumers— diets that are more climate-friendly are also healthier. The research, which is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is the first to compare the climate impact and nutritional value of U.S. diets using real-world data about what Americans say they are eating. Keep reading >>