Flocking Back To Friedman This September

Dear Readers,

Summer may be winding down here in Boston, but the The Sprout is just getting started! Back for the 2016/2017 academic year, we are here to welcome our new and fellow Friedmanites (back) to campus after what was hopefully an exciting summer of internships, adventures and travel.

As we gear up for fall and the start of classes, our trusty contributors offer ways to get involved at Friedman and in the surrounding community. Oh, and don’t worry–we even catch you up on new food fads you may have missed.

Ushering in the new year is John VanderHeide, Co-Chair of Student Council, who gives us the lowdown on events and initiatives Student Council is cooking up for the semester. First up? A (last chance to soak in the sun) summer picnic you don’t want to miss.

Next, Mike Zastoupil and Sam Hoeffler tell us how we can get involved in our Chinatown community and get hands-on teaching experience–all while playing in the dirt–with the Dig In! Nutrition Education (DINE) program.

While many Friedman students travel for internships, Krissy Scommegna shares her experience working for the Somerville Backpack Program and how rewarding a summer in the Boston community can be. Jealous of her awesome internship? Don’t worry: you too can get up and give back by volunteering, and Krissy tells us how.

If, say, becoming the new Director of the Somerville Backpack Program or interning with the UN in Rwanda kept you out of the summer food news loop, Jennifer Huang and Hannah Meier are here to give you the scoop. Jennifer opens our eyes to the magic of the latest food trend, lemon preserves, while Hannah gives us the facts on the latest diet trend, intermittent fasting, and also reviews Mark Schatzker’s book The Dorito Effect, giving us her take on “new” food flavors and the obesity epidemic.

Don’t forget to follow The Sprout on twitter (@friedmansprout) and Facebook, now managed by our new Contributing Editor and social media maven, Julia Sementelli! And, as always, we thank our end-of-summer contributors and look forward to another successful year!

Cheers to a new year packed with new adventures,

Micaela & Kathleen


In this issue: 

Bringing Friedman Together: A Welcome Letter From Student Council

by John VanderHeide

IMG_7193At the heart of the Friedman community sits our Student Council, who is busy planning a host of opportunities to bring Friedmanites together this year. Don’t miss out on these fun events–read this letter from John VanderHeide, Student Council Co-Chair, on how you can get involved.



Dig In and Give Back with DINE!

by Mike Zastoupil and Sam HoefflerHoeffler_DINE_taste1

Want to make new friends at Friedman and be a part of the Chinatown community? Become a
teacher with DINE!



Summer, Sandwiches and Sticking Around: Interning in Boston

by Krissy Scommegna

somerville backpack programMaking the conscious effort to stick around Boston and be a part of the community isn’t necessarily what every Friedman student is looking for. Some see their time in Boston/Somerville/Cambridge as a stop on the way to their next big thing. However, taking the time early on to invest and become rooted here can open doors to incredible opportunities. Krissy Scommegna talks about how a class at Friedman led to finding an internship and eventually to her appointment as the Director of the Somerville Backpack Program.


Lemon Preserve: Lemons + Salt + Patience

By Jennifer HuangScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 1.16.39 PM

Have you ever seen “patience” listed as a recipe ingredient? No? Well you’ll need it, as this simple recipe promises a unique and versatile flavor burst that is well worth the wait.



What is Intermittent Fasting, and Does It Really Work?

By Hannah Meier

The "Basic Seven" Developed by the USDA in 1943

You may have heard of caloric restriction and the myriad benefits it supposedly brings to the metabolic table. New research suggests that intermittent fasting could be a safe way for people to improve their health, but before you adopt this eating pattern, read up on six common mistakes to avoid.



Book Review: The Dorito Effect–The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor By Mark Schatzker

By Hannah MeierDorito Effect picture

Grocery store shelves are teeming with products that cater to every sense of flavor. New flavor combinations seem to appear out of thin air every day. Even meat and produce sections increasingly offer pre-seasoned and flavor-enhanced options. What happened to real flavor, and what does all of this have to do with the obesity epidemic? Mark Schatzker, a New York Times food journalist, hypothesizes the connection is stronger than cayenne pepper.

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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