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1 September 2016

NPI Researchers receive NIH Awards to Study Childhood Obesity

Two researchers at the Nutrition Policy Institute have been awarded K01 Career Development Awards by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Lauren Au will research disparities in the relationship between the school nutrition environment and childhood obesity and Suzanna Martinez will study sleep duration and risk for obesity in Mexican American children.


11 August 2016

NPI’s Director Ritchie named to a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Advisory Council

NPI’s Director, Lorrene Ritchie, was named to the Nutrition and Healthy Food Choices Advisory Council, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).  Each Advisory Council is composed of leading experts across the food and agriculture industry.  The Foundation’s focus is on increasing the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. See press release here.

10 August 2016

Views on Food Insecurity from UC Students

As part of the University of California Global Food Initiative, there was interest in understanding student perspectives on food insecurity. NPI and the Food Access and Security Committee, led by Ruben Canedo and Tim Galarneu, collaborated with UC students Sanna Alas, Tyler Watson and Ali Shahbaz, to create a video that puts a face on food insecurity and helps to raise awareness of the issue on UC campuses.


5 August 2016

UC World Food Day Video Challenge

NPI, in collaboration with the UC Davis World Food Center and the UC Global Food Initiative, is hosting the World Food Day Video Challenge. Undergraduate and graduate students across all UC campuses are invited to submit short videos highlighting UC research addressing hunger, health and a more sustainable food system. The deadline for submissions is September 7, 2016. Please see for more information. 


27 July 2013

NPI's Lauren Au, Nutrition Hero

Dr. Lauren Au, a NPI researcher was proclaimed a nutrition hero in the Food & Nutrition Magazine, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Read her profile here.


26 July 2016

NPI applauds Smart Snacks for school children. For more information visit UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Food Blog.


21 July 2016

NPI Researcher Suzanna Martinez interviewed about UC student food insecurity on KPFA

Dr. Suzanna Martinez was interviewed today by Pat Brooks on the Up Front Program on KPFA Berkeley’s radio station about a recent UC report about food insecurity among UC Students. Based on over 9,000 students surveys, the study found that 42% of UC students had some degree of food insecurity.


12 July 2013

NPI Report on Food Insecurity Among UC Students

NPI recently conducted a survey of food insecurity among University of California students at all 10 campuses as part of President Napolitano’s Global Food Initiative. We found that 42% of students reported being food insecure in the past 12 months--meaning they experienced a diet poor in quality and/or reduced dietary intake, such as skipping meals or cutting the size of their meals due to lack of financial resources. The full report, Student Food Access and Security Study, includes the University of California systemwide results and plans for addressing the issue.



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