A warm welcome back!

Dear Sprout Readers,

It may be cold outside, but this month’s issue of the Friedman Sprout has a story or two that just may help keep you warm on the inside.

Treat yourself or your Valentine to some new heart-healthy recipes. Follow our morning expedition to Kneeland and Washington streets to sample bowls of fast-food oatmeal. Looking for something to do this month with your Friedman friends? Check out what Friedman Fringe has in store for you or visit a local winter farmers market.

Do Overweight People Really Live Longer? offers a closer look at a meta-analysis that prompted headlines in the popular media declaring that fat can be your friend. Did friends and relatives pepper you with nutrition questions over break? Compare notes with Kari Kemph who writes Ask a Nutrition Student: The Top Questions Friedmaners Field. Meet the woman (and Friedman alum) behind a cool new nutrition app.

As always, we love to hear from our readers. Tell us about the fascinating project you’re working on, or your favorite new restaurant. Share your insights on a controversial food policy choice, or share your take on a new study with other Sprout readers. Send your story ideas to friedmansprout@gmail.com

Meantime, happy reading!

Your editors,

Natalie Obermeyer & M.E. Malone

The Friedman Sprout

Got the Winter Blues? Pick-Me-Up Some Produce at a Local Winter Farmers Market! by Lainey Younkin, RD: Bundle up and head to a winter farmers market near you. The off-season bounty will surprise you!

Do overweight people really live longer? by Natalie Obermeyer: A new meta-analysis finds an association between being overweight and longer life spans; should we use this as an excuse to keep our extra fat?

Take Heart, Eat Smart: Foods and Recipes for Valentine’s Day by Amy Elvidge: Who knew flax seed could be so sexy?  Impress your loved ones with delicious, nutritious heart-healthy recipes this Valentine’s Day and find out the mystique behind fabled aphrodisiac foods.

Alumni Spotlight: Bon’App Your Way to Healthy Eating with Taylor Salinardi, PhD N’12 by Ashley Carter: Ever turned to an app on your phone for nutrition advice?  Try Bon’App! Friedman alumna Taylor Salinardi explains how the simple app works and talks about her roles within the recently launched nutrition app company.

The Soda Battle Bubbles Over by Lisa D’Agrosa, RD: The soda industry continues to promote their sugary drinks and “happy” calories with celebrity endorsements and innovative ad campaigns.  Read up about the latest in the public health battle with big soda and legislation that may affect your drinking habits.

Oatmeal-to-Go Can Be Fast….and Satisfying by M.E. Malone: One morning, four bowls of oatmeal. See our side-by-side comparison of this traditional hot cereal when served by Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Panera and Starbucks.

Student Spotlight: The Friedman Fringe: Friedman’s newest student group has a few surprises in store this month.

Ask a Nutrition Student: Top Questions Friedmaners Field by Kari Kempf: What’s a Friedman to do? Answer questions from friends and loved ones about their eating habits (and yours!).

Technology and Nutrition Meet at This Year’s Consumer Electronics Show by Brandon Ransom: Could a vibrating fork be the key to slowing down a too-fast eater?

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