Jason Block, MD<< Back to Faculty and Staff List
I am a general internal medicine physician with training in epidemiology and population health. Working with interdisciplinary teams, my research follows two tracks – examining the geographic influences on the obesity epidemic and intervening in multiple settings to promote weight loss and overall wellness, especially at the environmental level. I have completed studies on the geographic distribution of food establishments and whether proximity to food establishments is associated with body weight in several cohorts, especially the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort. On the intervention front, I am exploring point-of-purchase interventions or policies to improve dietary choices in workplaces and food establishments. I have conducted several studies in workplace cafeterias, exploring whether price adjustments, educational messaging, or alterations in the presentation of products changes purchasing patterns of healthy and unhealthy foods. I also am evaluating the coming federal regulation that will require calories to be posted on menus in chain restaurants and exploring financial incentives for weight loss and overall wellness, both through health insurance-based incentives and direct financial incentives, at several workplaces.
- Block JP, Choudhry NK, Carpenter DP, Fischer MA, Brennan TA, Tong AY, Matlin OS, Shrank WH. Time series analyses of the effect of FDA communications on use of prescription weight loss medications. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Mar;22(3):943-9. Epub 2013 Dec 2.
- Block JP. A substantial tax on sugar sweetened drinks could help reduce obesity. BMJ. 2013 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print].
- Block JP, Condon SK, Kleinman K, Mullen J, Linakis S, Rifas-Shiman S, Gillman MW. Consumers' estimation of calorie content at fast food restaurants: cross sectional observational study. BMJ. 2013 May 23. [Epub ahead of print].
- Block JP, Subramanian SV, Christakis NA, O'Malley AJ. Population trends and variation in body mass index from 1971 to 2008 in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(5):e63217. Epub 2013 May 10.
- Block JP, Gillman MW, Linakis SK, Goldman RE. "If it tastes good, I'm drinking it": qualitative study of beverage consumption among college students. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jun;52(6):702-6. Epub 2013 Feb 14.
- Fiechtner L, Block J, Duncan DT, Gillman MW, Gortmaker SL, Melly SJ, Rifas-Shiman SL, Taveras EM. Proximity to supermarkets associated with higher body mass index among overweight and obese preschool-age children. Prev Med. 2013 Mar;56(3-4):218-21. Epub 2012 Dec 5.
- Walker RE, Block J, Kawachi I. Do residents of food deserts express different food buying preferences compared to residents of food oases? A mixed-methods analysis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2012 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print].
- Block JP, Christakis NA, O'Malley AJ, Subramanian SV. Proximity to food establishments and body mass index in the Framingham Heart Study offspring cohort over 30 years. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Nov 15;174(10):1108-14. Epub 2011 Sep 30.
- Block JP, Chandra A, McManus KD, Willett WC. Point-of-purchase price and education intervention to reduce consumption of sugary soft drinks. Am J Public Health. 2010 Aug;100(8):1427-33. Epub 2010 Jun 17.
- Block JP, He Y, Zaslavsky AM, Ding L, Ayanian JZ. Psychosocial stress and change in weight among US adults. Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Jul 15;170(2):181-92. Epub 2009 May 22.
- Block JP. Shouldering the task. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Mar-Apr;25(2):486-7.
- Block JP, Scribner RA, DeSalvo KB. Fast food, race/ethnicity, and income: a geographic analysis. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Oct;27(3):211-7.
- DeSalvo KB, Block JP, Muntner P, Merrill W. Predictors of variation in office visit interval assignment. Int J Qual Health Care. 2003 Oct;15(5):399-405.
- Block JP, DeSalvo KB, Fisher WP. Are physicians equipped to address the obesity epidemic? Knowledge and attitudes of internal medicine residents. Prev Med. 2003 Jun;36(6):669-75.