Category: Nutrition

From Policy to Practice: Body Autonomy and Breastfeeding in the Workplace

How do policies surrounding breastfeeding affect women in the workforce? It is not hard to imagine the difficulties – or rather, impossibility – of breastfeeding without the proper facilities, privacy, or policies in the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79% of women breastfeed after giving birth, however only 49%

Meet Sera Young: anthropologist studying undernutrition in low-resource settings

  Dr. Young joined the Northwestern Department of Anthropology and Program in Global Health Studies this year. Her work focuses on maternal and child undernutrition in low-resource settings, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. “Everything I do focuses on what you call ‘the first thousand days,’ which is the year before delivery and the two years after. The

An Irreplaceable Niche

Rajiv Varandani’s health research in Singapore helped him discover cultural differences and his interests in endocrinology and nutrition. Rajiv is a senior, majoring in cognitive science and science in human culture. Last August, I got onto the longest plane flight of my life. I was leaving Singapore after 9 weeks of beautiful experience. As I

Global Health Corps and the Fight for Health Equity

Founded in 2008, Global Health Corps is an organization with the goal of attaining global health equity. As Northwestern University’s Class of 2015 begins to search for their post-graduation plans, whether it is employment, research, or higher education, GHC should be on the mind of anyone interested in global health and development. One of the

Identifying our “core evolutionary needs” could lead to improved health

If you’ve been paying attention to the world of health and fitness recently, you’ve probably heard about the Paleolithic diet—a regime of nuts, meats and vegetables that’s based on the meals of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. While health experts are still duking out the benefits of the “paleo diet,” Daniel Sellen, a professor at the University