May The Sprout Be With You

It is the end of the year, and people are gearing up for the summer! Whether students are headed off to internships, taking a summer semester of courses, or graduating, we’re all looking forward to warmer weather and sunshine.

Listen in as two second years, Mireille Najjar and Katie Mark, reflect on their choice to attend the Friedman School. Why did they come here? What did they learn? Mireille is graduating, but Katie is going on for one more year—find out what they thought about the experience and whether it was worth it.

In other Friedman news, the Friedman Justice League has scored a major win with the introduction of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (in lieu of Columbus Day) at the Friedman School. Rebecca Harnik reports on the change and what Tufts campuses need to do to have this holiday recognized school-wide.

Just because summer is nearly here doesn’t mean you should just snack on Choco-Tacos nonstop, even if they are cold and delicious. For a healthy, chilly snack, check out Skylar Morelli’s recipe for an acai bowl. Want to consider alternate forms of protein? Michelle Pearson reports on whether insect-eating is the way of the future. And Katherine Pett reports on a veggie-filled, fresh version of a TV dinner called HungryRoot. You can also stock up on your seasonal produce with the World PEAS CSA, for which the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project has provided a description.

Whether you snack on a smoothie or a centipede, make sure you brush your teeth after! Katelyn Castro covers the best foods to eat—and avoid—to take care of your teeth.

If you’re ready for a long run followed by a long read on the beach, Matt Moore has you covered with a review of the book Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport. If you’re tired of long runs and you’re ready to give up your FitBit altogether Marissa Donovan knows what you should do with your leftover wearable!

Since co-editor Matt Moore is graduating, he has also reflected on three articles he wishes he had written for The Sprout. For others leaving Friedman this summer, Sarah McClung has a list of social dos and don’ts you might need if you’re heading overseas.

And Kathleen Nay rounds out this month’s articles with 15 podcasts you NEED for commuting or relaxing on vacation this summer. Check out her list!

Finally, The Sprout‘s editors for the past year and a half, Katherine Pett and Matt Moore, will be leaving Friedman and the awesome Sprout community after this semester. Donovan, the amazing Sprout social media wizard will also be finishing her semester promoting the Sprout on all your social feeds.

So, we are thrilled to announce that next year’s Sprout editors will be rising second-years Kathleen Nay and Micaela Young! We are so excited for them to carry on the tradition of The Sprout and to bring it to bigger and better things!

Have a happy May and happy summer,

Matt Moore & Katherine Pett

In this issue:

6,000+ Miles and What I Learned Along the Way

by Mireille Najjar
Not too long ago, I entered the doors as a Nutrition Communication student for the first time, unsure of what to expect. As I reflect on my journey to graduate school, I think about how time has progressed from my experience living in the Middle East and how it eventually led me to Boston and the Friedman School.

5 Irrefutable Reasons Why Tufts School of Nutrition Was the Right Choice

by Katie Mark
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is one-of-a-kind. Friedman is the only graduate school entirely devoted to nutrition in the United States. The school unites biomedical, social, political and behavioral scientists to provide a comprehensive approach to all things nutrition: education, research and community service. The collaboration of internationally renowned faculty and graduate students solidifies Tufts as a leading institution in the mission to improve the nutrition status of the United States and the world.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Friedman

by Rebecca Harnik
This fall at the Friedman School, the Columbus Day Holiday will officially be renamed as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Acai Bowl Recipe

by Skylar Morelli
What is the hype with acai berries? Acai berries (pronounced ah-sigh-eeh) are indigenous to the Amazon and have become popular in America as a “superfood.” They are rich in omegas, antioxidants, fiber, polyphenols and anthocyanins.

Beyond Bulking Up On Bugs: Are Insects a Sustainable Solution for Future Protein Needs?

by Michelle Pearson
High in fiber, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals, bugs are a nutrient powerhouse, especially high in zinc and iron. In the Amazon, insects contribute as much as 70% of the population’s dietary protein needs. Perhaps bugs will be the new vegetarian alternative. There is quite a bit of buzz as to whether or not bugs will be the sustainable protein source of the future.

Healthy TV Dinners: Have You Heard of Hungryroot?

by Katherine Pett
What is Hungryroot? Is it really healthy, easy, and convenient? Katherine Pett writes a review.

I Want To Be a Farmer…Or Just Eat Like One

by Devin Ingersoll
What does it take to be a farmer? Be prepared to put in long, physically-demanding hours, take huge risks, understand ecological systems, have savvy business skills, and be willing to do all of that for very little profit return. In Massachusetts, the average age of a farmer is over 57 years old, and less than 9% of farmers in the state are under 35 years old. A young person interested in farming faces huge barriers such as high cost of land, large capital start-up costs, and essential training time. The state has some of the most expensive farmland in the country valued at about $12,000 an acre. Service providers and organizations such as New Entry Sustainable Farming Project are working to flip the status quo and grow new farmers in our region to support a robust and sustainable local food system.

Healthy Diet, Healthy Smile?

by Katelyn Castro
“Take care of your teeth when you get older because this is not fun,” the man said to me, pointing to his mouth. I was standing beside him at the Tufts Emergency Dental Clinic while the dentist explained his treatment options: a root canal or a tooth extraction. Despite the man’s best efforts to hold onto his tough persona with his leather jacket and tattooed crossed arms, I couldn’t help but notice his teary eyes as he sat in excruciating pain. Considering a root canal would cost him over a thousand dollars out-of-pocket, he settled for a tooth extraction, leaving him with 8 missing teeth at the age of 36.

Like a Marathon, Running: A Love Story Ends with a Payoff That Negates Doubts Along the Way

by Matt Moore
In the middle of Jen A. Miller’s memoir, Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport, the story starts to read like an extended submission to Boston.com’s Love Letters feature. But while a protracted description of her personal love life may discourage some readers who just want running tales, it in fact sets up Miller’s journey of self-discovery and redemption as running becomes her constant companion.

A Second Life for Fitness Trackers

by Marissa Donovan
Activity trackers are a great way to motivate you to move more, from group competitions to setting personal goals and even monitoring your heart rate. However, like most new toys, the novelty wears off—1/3 of people stop using them after just 6 months— and many times these trackers find a new home in a drawer or stashed away elsewhere. This is where RecycleHealth comes in.

Three Stories I Wish I Wrote

by Matt Moore
During my tenure at The Sprout, I tried to mix up the usual policy coverage and a look at some “outside-the-box” areas related to Agriculture, Food and Environment like horror movies and video games. My only regret is that I ran out of time to pursue some additional topics, so I want to briefly cover them here and suggest that you explore them further.

Social Dos and Don’ts in Expat Communities

by Sarah McClung
Imagine yourself in a foreign country. Pretend it’s a conservative one. As a woman you can’t show your arms or legs, you can’t travel alone, there are rules about eye contact and handshakes, and constant reminders that you are not in Kansas anymore. In such a setting you’d probably be excited to come across someone who looked like you, dressed like you, and sounded like you.

The 15 Best Podcasts for Your Summer Commute

by Kathleen Nay
Looking for something new to listen to? Look no further.

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