Dear Sprout Readers,
Welcome to the April Issue!
It’s starting to feel like spring, and this issue has plenty of opportunities for you to get outside.
Read about how you can get involved in The Quincy Garden Project in Lisa D’Agrosa’s A Tree Grows in Chinatown. Looking for a place to eat? Jenn LaVardera reviews food trucks in Keep On Truckin’. Want to run but afraid of injury? Max Prokopy has the answers in Running-ology 101.
The nice weather hasn’t stopped our writers from keeping up with the science. Read about the latest on red meat in Allison Knott’s, Red Meat and Death? Seeing through the headlines. Can you define epigenetics? Lara Park, PhD student, writes and dances about it in Epigenetics 101 – Nature, Nuture and Nutrition.
We hope you enjoy the April Issue!
Allison Knott, RD, Co-editor
Lainey Younkin, RD, Co-editor
Science and Policy
Red Meat and Death? Seeing through the headlines. By Allison Knott, RD. Recent research suggests eating red meat is detrimental to your health. But, is that an accurate interpretation of the study results or have the recent headlines led consumers astray?
Epigenetics 101 – Nature, Nurture and Nutrition. By Lara Park, MS. Think that the DNA code you’re dealt is the be-all-end-all for disease risk? Epigenetics identifies how nutrition and lifestyle choices can change how your DNA functions.
Ancient Medicine, Modern Products, and Health Claims: The Success of Kombucha Tea. By Katie Andrews. What exactly is that sparkling, stinky, drink with the floating chunks? That would be Kombucha my friends, and depending on who you ask it is either the darling of the health foods world or a potentially dangerous fermented beverage. Read a review of current research from Katie Andrews and decided if you’ll continue to imbibe.
Coffee May be Linked to Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. By Lainey Younkin, RD. Recent research finds coffee might reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, but it is not associated with an increase or decreased risk in other chronic diseases.
Alumni Spotlight: Karin Lapping. By Vicky Santoso. Karin Lapping, PhD, MPH, the new Senior Director of Nutrition in Save the Children, talks about her time at Friedman and gives advice to current students.
A Tree Grows in Chinatown, Student Group Spotlight: The Quincy Garden Project. By Lisa D’Agrosa, RD. A brief look into the garden-based education work being done by the Quincy Garden Project.
Keep On Truckin’. By Jenn LaVardera. With this warm spring weather, who wants to sit indoors on their lunch break? These trucks are taking fine dining out of restaurants and onto the streets so that you can enjoy a side of sunshine with your meal!
Running-ology 101. By Max Prokopy. Conditioning expert Max Prokopy gets you ready for spring with tips on how to run healthy and improve your performance.
Recipes and Restaurants
Squish, Blend, and Sip: Tales and Recipes for Becoming your own “Smoothie Operator.” By Mimi DelGizzi. Do you make the same smoothie all the time? Mix it up with Mimi’s unique and delicious smoothie recipes.
JP Residents are Hungry for Happy Meat: A Review of Grass Fed. By Sarah Gold. The long-awaited locally sourced burger and beer joint opens in JP. Check out Sarah’s review of Grass Fed.