Welcome to the March Issue!

Dear Sprout Readers,

Welcome to the March issue!

The students at the Friedman School are in the midst of midterms, but that doesn’t mean we are short on bringing you the most up-to-date nutrition focused news.

This month, our writers have investigated hot topics like the Paleo Diet, Urban Agriculture, Sugar Taxes, and the Genetically Modified Food Labeling debate.

If you are interested in the research projects at the Tufts University John Hancock Research Center, you can learn more with the Daily D Research Spotlight by Lainey Younkin, RD.  Want to try yoga, but think it might be dangerous?  Ease your yoga-related fears with Katie Andrews’ yoga review.  And, finally, answer all your questions about the latest documentary on America’s obsession with fitness in Lisa D’Agrosa’s documentary review of “America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments.” 

We hope you enjoy the March issue!

Allison Knott, RD, Co-editor
Lainey Younkin, RD, Co-editor

Science, Policy, and Fitness 

Back to the Future: Is the Paleo Diet for Real?  By Max Prokopy.  Max Prokopy takes a science-based look into the pros and cons of the Paleo diet.

A Tax on Sweetness?  By Jenn LaVardera.  Though excess sugar is placing a serious health burden on society, is a tax on sweetened products an appropriate measure of action? 

Is There Danger in my Downward Dog?  By Katie Andrews.  Cobra and eagle and pigeon – oh my! Katie Andrews lays your yoga fears to rest in her response to the recent New York Times Magazine article and provides some tips for those new to the practice.

Event Reviews

ACT Boston’s First Annual Gala.  By Laura Carroll.  A collaboration between a Tufts’ Alumni group and Friedman to promote health and nutrition in the greater Boston area. 

Growing the Movement for Urban Agriculture in Boston.  By Katrina Brink.  The City of Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority held a public meeting to gather citizen input and kick off the process of zoning ordinance changes that will determine what kind of urban agricultural activities can take place within the city.

The Debate Rages On: Genetically Modified Food Labeling.  By Allison Knott, RD.  Think there should be a label for genetically modified foods?  The Friedman School heard the argument straight from the source – Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield Farms.  Read why Stonyfield is a leader in this fight.

America’s Unhealthy Obsession with Thinness: A Review of the Documentary Film – “America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments.”  By Lisa D’Agrosa, RD.  America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments, written and directed by filmmaker Daryl Roberts chronicles America’s unhealthy obsession with being thin. The film presents information about physical and mental health in a new perspective and was followed by an expert panel discussion.

In the Spotlight

Celebrating National Nutrition Month® 2012: How Can You Help Others Get Their “Plate in Shape?”  By Kate Hebel, RD, LDN.  Not sure how to spread the word this March? A dietitian shares some tips and resources for getting more involved. 

Alumni Spotlight: Elanor Starmer N07, MS, MA – Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USAID.  By Mackenzie Sehlke.  Alumni Spotlight featuring USAID’s  Elanor Starmer. Starmer N07, MS, MA speaks about working in food policy, food advocacy and agriculture at Friedman and beyond.

Research Spotlight: Daily D Study.  By Lainey Younkin, RD.  Most people living in New England are Vitamin D deficient.  Check out the research that Tufts is doing on this hot topic.

Sweet and Savory

Sweet, Simple Satisfaction at Flour Bakery + Café: Restaurant Review.  By Alisha Mehta.  Do you have a soft spot for homemade pastries made with fresh and wholesome ingredients? Check out Alisha Mehta’s review of Flour Bakery + Cafe, with three easily-accesible locations in the Boston area.  

Mushroom and Tofu Vermicelli.  By Linda Yung.  Grocery shopping in Chinatown? Here’s a recipe to try out.

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