Welcome to our March Issue!

Dear Sprout Readers,

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, check out our March issue. Inside, Katie Fesler examines weight loss myths. Might Weight Watchers become a chain of nationally anti-obesity clinics with doctor referrals and insurance reimbursements? Brandon Ransom reports on a recent speech by the CEO of Weight Watchers. The March issue also showcases a novel example of how traditional for-profit companies such as Panera can help distribute foods to those struggling to pay for them.

If you are staying in Boston for spring break, we have some fun outdoor activities for you. When you get super hungry from all the activities, you might want to check out a Ramen eatery in Porter Square famous for its extra-large servings or make your own, healthier St. Patrick’s Day meal at home. If you are traveling, Kate Hebel recommends some books that will fascinate Friedman students. And when you have a bit of free time, test a chocolate avocado mousse recipe that will boost your brain power.

Finally, check out our calendar of so you won’t miss any of the exciting upcoming events at Friedman. There’s a lot of interesting articles in our March issue, and reading them will be a welcomed study break from your mid-term preparation.

Happy reading!

Your editors,

Natalie Obermeyer & M.E. Malone

The Friedman Sprout

NEJM takes on weight loss myths by Katie Fesler: Are the beliefs we hold about weight loss truly evidence-based? Read about what beliefs may actually be closer to myths.

Spring Break Friedman Style: Ways to Stay Active in Boston by Sheryl Lynn Carvajal: March is here, and that means Spring Break is right around the corner! If you’re not headed somewhere exotic and tropical, here are plenty of ways to get your fitness fix here in Boston.

More spring break ideas: books! by Kate Hebel: If you have an urge to curl up with a nice, filling book, here’s a list of Friedman favorites.

Streamlining health care: Is Weight Watchers a fix for the obesity crisis? by Brandon Ransom. The CEO of Weight Watchers puts an intriguing proposal on the table.

Boost your brain power with pudding by Natalie Obermeyer: In honor of Brain Awareness Week, boost your brain power with avocados and cocoa in this rich and creamy chocolate delight.

A caring experiment to help the hungry by M.E. Malone: This growing national restaurant chain extends a novel social experiment to Boston with a new Panera Cares cafe. Instead of pay-as-you-go, it’s pay-what-you-want.

Student Spotlight: Jumbo’s Kitchen by Kate Hebel: Now what could be better than kids? And cooking? Yup. Cooking with kids. See what your classmates are doing to to share their kitchen and nutrition skills with young enthusiasts.

What is beer-infused and green all over? A St. Patrick’s Day dish, of course! by Amy Elvidge: Try out these Irish-ly delicious and Friedman-ly nutritious St. Patrick’s Day themed recipes this year.

Yume Wo Katare: Not your sobo’s ramen by Mimi DelGizzi: New (tiny) ramen place in Porter Square serves up a long wait and ramen by the pound.

Alumni Spotlight: Meet Hilde Steffey by Kari Kempf: A Friedman alum works hard to help farmers stay on their land.

What’s going on at Friedman in March: We offer a new calendar of events for the upcoming month. Feel free to email event ideas to friedmansprout@gmail.com

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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