THI Projects

The True Health Initiative is providing pertinent information in response to COVID-19 threats and surrounding issues

The True Health Initiative, led by president David L. Katz, MD, MPH, is working nonstop to respond to COVID-19 threats and surrounding issues, to provide you with pertinent information and answer your questions.

Introducing the True Health Initiative Rapid Media Response Project

Rapid Media Response

True Health Initiative is your home base for accurate information, proving consensus over confusion, providing facts over fiction, and countering hyped-up headlines and biased bylines with evidence and common sense.

Modernizing Protein Quality

A new definition of quality protein

True Health Initiative is building a new ranking for proteins and insists on a new definition of quality protein that means quality food as well.

Dietary impact on health

Diet ID

The Diet ID project is dedicated to elaborating the best metric for the aggregate environmental impact of food at the level of the overall dietary pattern.

Projects in Development

Recognition of Excellence in the Advancement of Health Literacy (REAHL)

THI Announces Our First Annual Recognizing Excellence in Advancing Health Literacy (REAHL) Awardees

Congratulations to our six Awardees: Allison Aubrey, Sandee LaMotte, Tamar Haspel, Julia Belluz, Jane Brody, and Dr. James Hamblin

Taking a Stand for Understanding:

Science, Sense, and How Humans Know What is True

This scientific colloquium will address how science can be misused or manipulated to propagate confusion rather than understanding.


Dietary Impacts on Environmental Measures (DIEM)

THI, in partnership with Diet ID, is researching and creating an index to measure the environmental impacts of different dietary patterns.

Council Member Projects

How Eating Plants Improves Health and Reduces Disease

In the past decade, 75% of Americans have changed their diet to be healthier. 86% of Americans who regularly eat plant-based protein don’t identify as vegetarian or vegan — What does a plant-based diet really mean?

What is the evidence supporting the use of nature as medicine?

What is Green RX?

Everyone knows fresh air is good for you. But did you know that exercising outside or in view of outside is more effective than exercising inside? Or that dementia gardens can improve memory? Or that PTSD and ADHD can improve with nature guidance? How does nature work? Behavioral activation? Cortisol, vitamin D and serotonin level change? Phytoncide inhalation? Immune system desensitization?

Cluster Randomized Trial

Implementing School-Based Policies to Prevent Obesity

This research, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, aimed to assess whether implementation of specific nutrition and physical activity components of school wellness policies lead to healthier student outcomes, including BMI trajectories. Findings indicate that implementing strong school nutrition policies results in healthier weight trajectories in middle school students.

Lee Health

Caring People. Inspiring Health

In order for us to best serve our patients and communities, it is important to take care of ourselves and our colleagues. In healthcare, we have a special opportunity to be role models in health and wellbeing for those we serve.