It’s National Nutrition Month 2017!

Dear Readers,

Here at the Friedman School, we think about nutrition every day. But in March, we celebrate! This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants us to “put our best forks forward,” and our writers at the Friedman Sprout are doing just that.

In this issue, Katelyn Castro kicks off the month with 8 small, but worthwhile and totally doable tips for eating healthier in 2017. Meanwhile, Hannah Meier takes a look at a popular anti-diet trend and asks whether it’s really all it’s cracked up to be. For the hungry among us, Julia Sementelli introduces us to that chicken and rice dish she loves so much. Our mouths are watering already.

On the research front, we talk food allergies. Should peanut butter still strike fear in our hearts? In an effort to eat her PBJ freely again, Erin Child advises us in on the new guidelines for reducing the risk of peanut allergies. On policy, Daniele Todorov takes a look at the American opioid epidemic – and what it has to do with WIC.

And now that, two months into a new presidential administration, we’ve finally accepted (or conceded?) this brave new political world of ours, Friedman students are trying to navigate what comes next. Kathleen Nay shares her experience as a participant of Let’s Talk, a project piloted by fellow Friedman students to facilitate more open and empathetic political dialogue. Maddy Bennett, on the other hand, is all about action: this month she’s taking the opportunity to tell us about the grassroots Coalition of Immokalee Workers and why it’s more important than ever to organize on behalf of agricultural workers.

From us to you, happy reading! Cheers,

Kathleen and Micaela

 

In this issue…

8 Small But Worthwhile Changes You Can Make to Eat Healthier

by Katelyn Castro

Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month® with new (and a little cheesy) nutrition theme each year. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” While this can be interpreted in many ways, here is my spin the theme, including a step-by-step guide on how healthy eating can fit into your lifestyle.

5 Reasons the Whole30 is Not the Anti-Diet it Claims to Be

by Hannah Meier, RD, LDN

How does the Whole30 Diet hold up from a dietitian’s perspective? Hannah Meier breaks it down.

That Chicken and Rice Dish

by Julia Sementelli

It’s March and the official month of the start of Spring! But here in Boston the temperatures have been playing games with our hearts, which makes trying to decide what to make for dinner a bit tricky. This recipe for Yotam Ottolenghi’s “chicken with caramelized onion and cardamom rice” is the perfect meal to help you transition from winter to spring. Warm and comforting from the spices and hearty chicken and rice, but refreshing and light from an abundance of fresh herbs and a tangy yogurt sauce. This dish has become a staple in my cooking repertoire and I’ll share with you my tips for making the best possible version of this delicious dish.

Putting a Pause on Peanut Butter Panic: New Guidelines Seek to Reduce Peanut Allergy Risk

by Erin Child

Do you like peanut butter? So do I. I’m kind of obsessed. Perhaps you add it to your smoothie bowl, drizzle it artfully on your Instagram worthy oatmeal, or, if you’re in grad school, it’s part of your PB&J. After all, that is the cheapest, easiest thing to make. But what if you had to take the PB out of the PB&J, and eliminate it from your diet and your life? This is a growing reality for many in the United States, with outdated, misinformed guidelines being blamed for the recent spike in peanut allergies. Read on to explore the revolutionary research that has spurred the creation of new guidelines, and why Americans need to change how we handle peanut exposure in childhood.

WIC at the Crossroads of the Opioid Epidemic

by Danièle Todorov

The complexity and pervasiveness of the opioid epidemic has forced government agencies to be innovative with their resources. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in a prime position to care for pregnant women affected by the epidemic and has stepped up to the plate.

Exiting the Echo Chamber

by Kathleen Nay

Many of us were unexpectedly blindsided by the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, but maybe we shouldn’t have been. Four Friedman students saw a need for greater diversity in our political discourse, and decided to do something about it. They piloted Let’s Talk, a four-week program designed to help fellow students engage in more respectful, tolerant, and empathetic dialogue with people of diverse political perspectives.

Agricultural Workers Should Organize

by Maddy Bennett

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a farm workers’ rights group founded by laborers on Florida’s tomato farms. The organization now operates in many states to secure fair wages and to oppose involuntary servitude in the U.S. agriculture industry. CIW succeeded in bringing large food retailers to meet the terms of the group’s Fair Food Program. The work of CIW proves that when labor organizes to reclaim its rights, society benefits. Learn more by attending Friedman Seminar on April 19. 

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