Summer Sprout: What’s in the Issue?

In this short Summer Sprout, you will find the following articles:

1- Putting the “Die” in Diet Soda by Christine Gary

Are diet sodas harmful to your health? Research findings displayed at the 2011 Conference for the American Stroke Association showed individuals who drank diet soda daily were 61% more likely to have a stroke as opposed to those who drank no diet soda. Cue media frenzy. As incoming students to the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, you will have to decide which scientific discoveries are worth our concern and warrant nutrition recommendations.

2- Working Out on a Budget- How to Get the Best Gym Deals Without Spending Top Dollar by Katie Andrews

Moving to a new city for graduate school? Or maybe you are leaving a full-time job to pursue a higher calling. Either way, you are going to be something close to broke for the next couple years of your life. There are certain parts of your life that are non-negotiable: rent, food, books, and post-exam cocktails will all need to remain as high priorities. So what often gets tossed to the wayside? That expensive gym membership.

3- Working With Workplace Inactivity by Sarah Gold

Physical inactivity is no doubt part of the reason America is facing an obesity epidemic and it is likely that workplace inactivity plays some role in this equation. Many Americans drive to work, sit at a desk all day and then drive home, where they spend the rest of the night sitting on the couch. This is not new news and desk jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. What do we do?

4- Potatoes Lead to Increased Weight Gain: Results of a New Harvard Study by Allison Knott

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found a relationship between foods, such as potatoes and weight gain over a four-year period.  Other lifestyle factors, such as alcohol consumption and television viewing were also pinpointed in relation to weight gain.


The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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