Sugar, Stress, Environment & Weight

The SSEW Initiative is a collaborative group of cross-UC Campus research scientists and California policy makers, who share COAST's mission: to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity. Our focus is on the role of social disadvantage, sugar, and stress on diet and obesity. We focus on basic to multi-level interventions that may reduce stress, junk food intake, and improve the wellbeing of the community as well as the staff, faculty, and students at UC Campuses. Our initiative began in 2008, and we have been funded by the University of California Office of the President.

We are housed at the UCSF Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment, and our collaborators include the UCSF Center for Health and Community, researchers from the UCSF 7 UC campuses, as well as SugarScience, a UC Educational center for the dissemination of information about sugar and health. 

SSEW Faculty represent 7 University of California campuses. We study a range of topics that fall under the categories of: clinical science, basic science, and health policy.

We also award SSEW Fellowships that provide training opportunities and pilot grants to emerging scholars. ​