Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Eating Well Off Campus

In this recent post on Tufts’ Balance Your Life blog, Tufts students are schooled on how to eat healthy even when indulging in restaurant food. The blog is authored by Kate Sweeney, a Tufts alum and grad student at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy. Here are some of her recommendations for healthy ordering habits when eating out:

* Ask for sauces on the side (yes, even for your wings!)
* Go for mustard, hummus, or balsamic vinegar instead of mayo or creamy dressing
* Ask for no cheese, or limit it to one slice
* Get the whole-wheat bun or bread
* Substitute lean meats, like turkey and chicken, for beef
* Spruce it up with avocado, roasted red peppers, and spinach
* Set on fries instead of a side salad? See if a restaurant has sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are packed with potassium and other nutrients.

For more on Balance Your Life, check out this previous Jumble post.

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Green Grapes Blog

Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD (N’10), a recent graduate of the Friedman School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, is the author of a nutrition and healthy living blog, the Green Grapes Blog. She writes of her perspective:

I say goodbye to fad diets, bogus “fat-burning” pills, and processed, non-food food. And, I smile hello to a healthifying lifestyle full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, sweaty workouts, the occasional “chocolate fix,” sleep, family and friend time, and quality “me time” with a focus on health.”

In a recent post on delicious recipes involving peanut butter, Dobbas gushes:

If you know me, I mean—really know me, then you know I LOVE peanut butter to the point where I have to literally exercise all willpower to not eat it straight-up out of the jar. I love the stuff for it’s creamy or crunchy texture, depending on my mood, and for it’s staying power—protein, carbs, fiber, fat—check! I mean really, it’s got all the goods. And, a little goes a long way to quell that hunger and satisfy any craving.”

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Bon Me: A Locally Sourced Gourmet Food Truck

Asta Schuette, N10, a recent alum of Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, is a member of the team behind the Bon Me Truck, “a gourmet food truck serving Vietnamese inspired food with a local slant.”

The idea for the Bon Me Truck won “The Food Truck Challenge,” a contest run by the City of Boston. The truck will be parked in City Hall Plaza and open for business starting April 18, 2011.

Check out this video about the Bon Me mission:

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Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow’s Running Project

Daniel Hatfield, graduate student at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Tufts-Schwitzer Fellow, has dedicated himself over the past six months to create a running project for 6th grade boys at the Mario Umana Middle School in East Boston.  In a recent blog post, Hatfield writes about the power of physical health education for the kids with whom he works:

How we eat and move relates to so many complex physiological and emotional factors at the individual level, not to mention all the broader social and environmental issues that come into play…”

Hatfield also speaks about his hope that the project will have a lasting impact on the boys’ lives:

I think about impact mostly at the individual level: what can we do that will affect these boys not only today, but also a year from now, or ten years from now?  In part, that means having a physiological impact, and we are seeing signs of progress already in areas like body composition and aerobic capacity.  Hopefully we’re also giving these boys the motivation and skills to sustain that progress.

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Chair Dancing at Multicultural Performing Arts Show

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Ph.D. student and accomplished dancer Lara Park didn’t let a knee injury stop her from performing in the annual Multicultural Performing Arts Show, held Feb. 11. Check out her awesome “chair dance” to Florence and the Machine’s “Between Two Lungs.”

Park performed just ten days after undergoing knee surgery. “No matter what kind of movement challenges you have, if you have something to share, go for it,” says Park, who is hoping to apply the experience toward choreographing dance programs for individuals with movement challenges. “It’s amazing how you can still move an audience.”

100 percent of proceeds from the performance went to the Colleen Romain Scholarship Fund, benefiting local high schoolers.

Park previously participated in a “Dance Your Ph.D.” competition organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Race, Place and Health Science

Tufts researchers from the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute have been featured in a podcast put out by Boston’s Museum of Science. The podcast, entitled “Race, Place and Health Science,” focuses on health studies in the Boston area. The piece covers issues such as the danger of living too close to the highway in Somerville and how the state of parks in Lawrence may affect obesity rates.

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Jumbos in Balance

The Balance Your Life blog is penned by Kate Sweeney (A’11), a Tufts graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Balance Your Life is a healthy lifestyle campaign from the Department of Health Education at Tufts, and seeks to “improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve overall wellbeing of undergrads at Tufts.” You can like the campaign on Facebook to get more updates.

In a recent entry, Sweeney writes:

During my four years at Tufts, I made both beneficial and poor health choices. For instance, I maintained a routine workout schedule for most of the school year by being on the varsity swim team and I ate vegetables almost every day (my mom taught me well). But, I also regularly ordered Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar® ice cream from Espressos and ate pretty poorly during times of stress (late-night pizza, soda, and snacks).

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The Community Health Advocates at Tufts

The Community Health Advocates at Tufts (CHAT) is the first official student group in the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree program. Made up of Tufts graduate students hailing from a variety of backgrounds, CHAT provides a forum for collaboration between future health care leaders from the Tufts community and advocates for causes such as health care policy and disease prevention.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Public Health Association, CHAT recently blogged about their support of the Act FRESH campaign policy agenda.

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Garden Party

Slow Food Tufts blogged about the Nov. 24 party to celebrate the close of the season for the Friedman School’s student garden. The students in attendance cleared away old plant material and harvested veggies and built cold boxes to protect the garden during the New England winter.

One of the students who participated, Jeff Hake N11, co-taught the Experimental College on Emerging Alternatives in Modern Agriculture, which also featured a student garden on the Medford/Somerville campus. He helped prep that garden for winter, as well.

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Starved For Attention

Patrick Webb, dean for Academic Affairs and professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, recently participated in a panel discussion as part of the Starved for Attention multimedia campaign, a joint effort between Medicins San Frontieres and the VII Photo Agency, “exposing the neglected and largely invisible crisis of childhood malnutrition.”

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The panel, held at Boston Public Library, was moderated by WBUR-FM reporter Martha Bebinger and featured VII photojournalist and Starved for Attention contributor Jessica Dimmock, Medicins Sans Frontieres aid worker Dr. Marc Levin and Boston Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Caroline Kistin.

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