Nutrition Scientist and Physical Activity Expert


Jennifer Sacheck is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Sacheck holds faculty appointments at the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sacheck’s research focuses on the impact of both diet and physical activity on health across the lifespan. Past research studies include examining the effects of nutrition and exercise on muscle physiology in young and older adults and on cardiovascular disease risk factors in children. She is currently conducting a large randomized trial examining the impact of physical activity on cognitive health and academic achievement in underserved schoolchildren across Massachusetts. She has authored several pivotal reports on obesity and physical inactivity in New England. Dr. Sacheck was appointed a member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee on Fitness and Health Outcomes in Youth. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, where she actively participates on advisory committees on national health policy and youth sports and health initiatives.

Dr. Sacheck earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science, a PhD in Nutrition Science from Tufts University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in muscle physiology at Harvard Medical School.  She is a competitive Masters level rower and avid runner and frequently speaks on the health benefits of both diet and exercise to the general public as well as to athletes of all ages.  She lives in Concord, MA, with her husband and three children.

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