NOURISH Lab (Nutrition Opportunities to Understand Reforms Involving Student Health) evaluates novel interventions and policies to address diet-related health disparities in children. 


Based in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Merrimack College, NOURISH focuses on school nutrition, fast food, nutrition policy, and cognition and academic performance. NOURISH examines innovative interventions and policies in schools aimed at improving children’s selection and consumption of school meals.

The Lab’s findings have been featured in media outlets including the Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, and on Good Morning America.

The NOURISH team includes Merrimack professors Juliana Cohen (director of NOURISH), Janet Blum, Eleanor Shonkoff and Laura Kurdziel.

Recent News

Recently, NOURISH collaborated with the Boston Public Schools and Anchorage Public Schools to evaluate and identify ways to improve how lunch is delivered to school children.