Roses are Red

Roses are red, Friedman is Blue… the SNOW is back, and The Sprout is too!

Welcome to 2018, Sprout Readers! Waltzing into this new semester feels a bit like making the first few steps on a path of freshly fallen snow. Perhaps because that’s probably what you were doing on your way to class this morning (thanks mother nature!) Nevertheless, we are excited to begin this next chapter of Friedman life, learning, and leading and cannot wait to share it with you.

With the new semester, we welcome the students starting off their Friedman journey, look forward to learning from them and embracing the diversity of background and perspective they bring to our campus. The incoming spring class includes five Master of Nutrition Science and Policy students, five MS in Agriculture Food and Environment students, two MS in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition students, one MS in Nutrition Interventions, Communication and Behavior Change student, and two combined MS and MPH students. We are excited to get to know you all!

This month, Sara Scinto motivates us to get moving despite the frigid temps and precipitation. Perhaps ironically, going indoors to work out opens up a multitude of options for getting your sweat on – whatever your exercise preferences are. Sara tells us about all of them and encourages us to find whatever makes us feel good!

In a survey of over 200 respondents, Sprout co-editor Kathleen Nay uncovered the reasons behind why people change their dietary identities from plant-eaters to meat-eaters, and the spectrum that lies within the extremes. The surprising results of her survey may help you think about and better understand your own dietary choices, meat eater or otherwise.

Did you know February is National Heart Month? April Dupee rounded up five of her favorite breakfast recipes to literally power up your favorite organ and fend off one of the nation’s top killers – Heart Disease. Not only are the recipes healthy for your heart, they are simple, easy and delicious – all the more reason to include them in your recipe repertoire.

Ready to get political? The Friedman Food Policy Action Council is back with a Friedman Policy Update on timely legislature and encourages advocacy-driven Friedmanites to get involved with this new student organization. Alana Davidson provides an introduction to the group and explains how to make our voices heard.

Finally, Laura Barley, a native Californian, reckons with the recent disasters wrought by natural forces in her home state and around the globe. She highlights the interventions we’ve tried and the policies currently on the table to attempt to mitigate the extent to which our climate has changed, and has a motivating message for all of us.

A special thanks to the writers who contributed articles this month, getting a head start on work before the semester officially began. We are incredibly grateful for your hard work and want to be sure you know The Sprout would not be what it is without you!

Happy Reading,

Hannah and Kathleen


In this issue…

Moving Through Winter

Sara Scinto Snowshoeing Massachusetts

by Sara Scinto

Do you dread winter because it keeps you from engaging in exercise that you love? Are you looking for new ways to move your body that don’t involve the gym? Are you interested in making the best of what this cold season has to offer? Then read further for thoughts and ideas on how to move through winter with more enjoyment.


To Meat or Not to Meat? (Is That Really the Question?)

Photo: Pexels.com
Photo: Pexels.com

by Kathleen Nay

After eight years of keeping a vegetarian diet, I’m compelled to ask myself: why am I still a vegetarian? And more intriguingly, why are my former-vegan and -vegetarian friends not?


Recipe and photo by OhSheGlows.
Photo by OhSheGlows


5 Breakfasts to Power your Heart

by April Dupee

The month of February is all about the heart. Not only is it that time of year when stores are stocked with greeting cards, balloons, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but also it marks American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. With 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. attributable to cardiovascular disease, American Heart Month serves as an important reminder to take care of our hearts and encourage our communities to support heart health initiatives.


Friedman Policy Corner: Advocate for Sound Nutrition and Agricultural Policy This Spring … and Then Run for Office!

by Alana Davidson

This spring is the end of the 2017-2018 legislative session in the Massachusetts State House. Read about what this means in terms of advocacy and learn about Friedman’s new student-run organization, the Friedman Food Policy Action Council. Finally, consider if a life in public service is right for you and whether you should run for office!


Paradise Lost

by Laura Barley

Photo credit: CNN.com
Photo credit: CNN.com

Climate change is a globally felt human experience that recently hit home for California native Laura Barley. Here, she reflects on the wildfires in her home state and takes a look at some policy tools aimed at climate mitigation.




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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