Welcome to the December Issue

Dear Sprout Readers,

Can you believe the end of the semester is upon us?  You may be in the library studying for finals, but hopefully the snow will continue to fall and we will all have a chance to get outside and enjoy it over winter break.

Speaking of enjoying the snow, Natalie Obermeyer teaches us about winter outdoor activities in Six Ways to Stay Active and Embrace the Boston Winter.  But before you go running off to work out, make sure to find out more about the possible negative effects of high amounts of cardiovascular exercise in Too Much of a Good Thing? By Max Prokopy.

If you are looking for things to do with all your new found free time, Christina Filipovic recommends some great reads in 5 Non-Food Books for Food Thinkers.  And since the holiday season is upon us, learn how to make your own gifts in DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays by Sheryl Lynn Carvajal.

There is a lot more to read in our final issue of 2012 and we hope you enjoy reading.  This is our last issue as co-editors and we have truly enjoyed the opportunity to be your editors.  We’re looking forward to the announcement of our new editors in the January issue.

Happy Holidays and enjoy the December issue!

Ashley Carter, co-editor

Lisa D’Agrosa, RD, co-editor

The Friedman Sprout

DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays By Sheryl Lynn Carvajal: Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be an expensive nightmare.  Personalize your gifts with some of these crafty ideas.

5 Non-Food Books for Food Thinkers By Christina Filipovic: Looking forward to non-required reading? Consider curling up with something new this winter break.

Proposition 37: Did California Voters Defeat the ‘Food Movement?’ By M.E. Malone: GMO labeling defeat: Was it a referendum on food policy?

Lemon Bars: A Fun Treat for your Holiday Dinner By Alisha Mehta: Lemon bars can be a fun and lighter treat for your holiday dessert table this year.

Turkish Delights: A Review of Oleana, Sofra and Siena Farms By Amy Elvidge: Can’t afford a trip to Istanbul?  The delicious wonders of Oleana and Sofra will transport your taste buds to the Eastern Mediterranean with just a quick T ride!

A Fitness Field Trip to Medford: Reviewing the Tisch Sports and Fitness Center By Lisa D’Agrosa: Is the new Tisch Fitness Center worth the trip to Medford? Read on to find out.

Six Ways to Stay Active and Embrace the Boston Winter By Natalie Obermeyer: Tired of sitting around indoors during the long Boston winter? Here are six ways to actively embrace winter.

Too Much of a Good Thing? By Max Prokopy: Read more to get to the heart of the science that suggests extreme exercise might actually increase the risk of cardiovascular problems. 

Slow Down with Slow Food Tufts: Student Group Spotlight By Ashley Carter: Feeling like exams have left you with no time for anything but fast food?  Well slow it down and you might find that the Slow Food philosophy will get you through. 

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