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March 7, 2016

The Real Price of Eating Healthy

The socioeconomic discrepancies when it comes to nutrition are blatant. Lower income families on average eat less fruits vegetables, and have less healthy food purchases overall.

Source: The Guardian

Traditionally, this linkage has been attributed to the higher cost of nutrient-dense foods. According to a study by the University of Washington, energy-dense items cost on average $1.76 per 1,000 calories, compared to […]

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February 10, 2016

BECR Executive Committee Kickoff Meeting

Because we are a group of researchers from two different institutions, the BECR team decided to created an Executive Committee, chaired by Alice Ammerman, to foster more collaborative environment. Our new Executive Committee held its kickoff meeting on February 2, 2016.

The committee was excited to to meeting and looking forward to the discussions that it would generate. Matthew Harding, the Center’s Director and PI, remarked that […]

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January 22, 2016

Researcher Profile: Drs. Alice Ammerman & Molly De Marco


Dr. Ammeran began her career as a WIC nutritionist. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global PublicHealth at UNC-Chapel Hill, and directs the UNC Center for HealthPromotion and Disease Prevention. Her research focuses on the design,implementation, and dissemination of innovative approaches to chronic disease risk reduction (through nutrition and physical activity) in low income and minority populations. Dr. Ammerman […]

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October 15, 2015

Researcher Profile: Dr. Harry Zhang

Harry Zhang is an Associate Professor of Community & Environmental Health at Old Dominion University. He is a recipient of BECR’s 2015 WIC Conceptual White Papers and our Healthy Food Behavior Grant. This is the first in our new series of researcher profiles for people interested in this field. If you would like to suggest a researcher for our series, please feel […]

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September 30, 2015

CVS Health’s Attempt to Harness Behavioral Science

By: Emily von Hoffman

Earlier this month, CVS Health unveiled the next phase in its brand transformation—in about 500 stores, the company will employ a floor design that places more focus on ‘healthy’ food items. A large part of the design will entail placing healthier items near the cash registers, an area that is often a junk food labyrinth to challenge […]

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July 23, 2015

Collaborating Nudges: A Summer at BECR

By: Jennifer Yland

Last fall, a friend of mine introduced me to the concept of choice architecture in cafeterias. I had been taking a class on obesity at the time, and was exploring ideas for a possible intervention study. I had never studied behavioral economics, and the terms “choice architecture” and “libertarian paternalism” were completely foreign to me. However, when this friend […]

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July 13, 2015

My Summer Internship at BECR: Connecting Between International and Domestic

By: BongGeun Song

During my senior year in college, I did an internship at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Washington, D.C. There, I was tasked with attending and reporting on food security-related conferences, and updating database on IFAD-funded projects in eastern and southern Africa. At the conferences I attended, many food security experts highlighted the importance of social safety […]

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July 8, 2015

My Summer Internship: Getting the Best of Both Worlds at BECR

By: Janelle Becker

My interest in behavioral economics has been brewing for quite some time now. I majored in economics and in my last semester at Berkeley, happened to have the opportunity to take a “Psych and Econ” course with Botond Koszegi. From there, I was hooked–I found the subject fascinating. I loved reading Predictably Irrational and made my mom read […]

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