Welcome to the Food Issue!

Dear Sprout Readers,

Welcome to the November “Food Issue” of the Friedman Sprout! As nutrition students, you may think that it’s all about “calories in and calories out” here at Friedman, but there is so much more to this field. To highlight the breadth of topics that students are passionate about, we are dedicating this entire issue to food, and every different way you can approach it.

Stay warm,

Katie Andrews, Editor-in-Chief

Rachel Perez, Managing Editor

Food News at Tufts

Tufts Celebrates Food Day with Mayor Meninoby Lainey Younkin.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino visited Tufts to speak on his “jumbo-sized food agenda” and share his vision for a healthier Boston.

Transforming the Friedman School Caféby Allison Knott, RD.  Over the summer the Friedman School café transitioned from a convenient lunch destination to a room housing a single microwave, toaster oven, and three vending machines.  Allison investigates why the café closed, and reports how Friedman students are working to solve the problem.

The Transition from Student to Employee: Catching up with Lindsay PetersonAlumni spotlight by Meghan Johnson.  Transferring her skills from the Nutrition Communications program and a background as a middle school teacher, Lindsay Peterson is now Project Manager for the new GREEN Project Lunch Box Study, a school-based healthy eating campaign.

Food Policy in Action

TEDx Forum on Food Policy: Sugar Taxes, Food Supply, and the “H” Wordby Sarah Gold.  To celebrate Food Day, the Harvard Food Law Society gathered experts to discuss alternative approaches for increasing supply and demand of good food.  In creating mainstream demand for good-for-you behaviors, should the “healthy” label be avoided?

Hunger and the Holidays– by Julia Raymond.  Thanksgiving offers ample opportunity to raise awareness about regional food insecurity, and the organizations such as the Greater Boston Food Bank are working to relieve hunger in eastern Massachusetts.  Get an inside look at their efforts, and learn how you can help!

Food and Health

Navigating Unsettled Science: Lessons from the Macronutrient Warsby Max Prokopy.  A close look at two popular diets illustrates different approaches of nutrition research interpretation.  Learn why the road through nutrition science is worthwhile only when navigated with care.

Student Internship: Nutrition from a Different Angle– by Lauren Todd.   Lauren provides an update on current trends and research on eating disorders and exercise abuse from a summer internship at an eating disorders residence program.

Food Love, from Kitchen to Table

Featured Recipe: Festive Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie Trufflesby Alisha Mehta.  Make these simple but delicious bite-sized treats, perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday.

21 Restaurants in One Evening: The First Annual Top Dish Bostonby Katie Andrews.  Top Dish Boston gathers some of the best restaurants in and around Boston in a culinary celebration of local food and healthful eating. 

Slow Food Tufts: A Friedman Group Offering Food Events, Skills, and a Chance to Socializeby Allison Knott, RD.  This group is all about good, clean, and fair food.  Join them for pot-lucks, brew-offs, and bake-offs as they eat their way through Boston, one sustainable farm at a time!

Digital Bites – Food and the Media

New Film Truck Farm and 10 Other Food Documentariesby Rachel Perez, RD.  In the new film Truck Farm, producers of popular film King Corn document an urban farming experiment in the back of a 1986 Dodge pickup truck.

What I Eat, Around the World in 25 Diets– by Ashley Carter and Lisa D’Agrosa, RD.  Sprout writers review this food photography exhibit at the Museum of Science, commenting on nutrition and food policy implications.

Film Review: Star-Studded Food Fight Offers Nothing Newby Michelina DelGizzi.  Holding forth the California food revolution as the paradigm to America’s fight for better food,  Food Fight is both an abridged history lesson and a political commentary on food consumption and production in America.  Now showing at the Museum of Science.

Sometimes it’s Not All About Food!

Spice Up Your Winter Running Routine! by Jenn LaVardera.  From pub runs to historic Freedom Trail jogs, check out these fun ways to stay fit throughout the winter season.


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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