[SPN-Discussion] The Tisch Dish: Spring 2017 Newsletter from the Tisch Food Center

Claire Uno caraffel at gmail.com
Wed May 10 07:12:40 PDT 2017

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The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy cultivates research
about connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy
eating and translates it into recommendations and resources for educators,
policy makers, and community advocates. The Center focuses on schools as
critical levers for learning and social change.

Following suit with the Trump administration's mantra to cut regulations,
one of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s first acts was to roll back
nutrition standards for school meals. This is a backwards move for the
health, well-being, and academic success of our nation's youth. Multiple
well-designed studies have found that students are eating more fruits and
vegetables, while participation and food waste are unchanged since the
higher standards went into effect. Additionally, students are learning
about healthy eating through exposure to well-balanced, nutritious meals
each and every day at school. Students who eat school meals, particularly
children from food insecure homes, receive the nourishment they need to be
ready to learn. Healthy school meals also compliment the gardening, cooking
and other nutrition education being done at more and more schools every
year. School food service staff are rockstars who have worked incredibly
hard over the last several years to serve whole-grain rich, lower sodium
meals that are tasty and appealing. Dietary change takes time and exposure.
Why would we turn back now, just as our nation's school students are
embracing healthier meals?

Pam Koch, Executive Director

Research Spotlight

Can a Cafeteria Make-Over Get Students Excited about School Lunch?

*Before (top) and after (bottom) images of Edward R. Murrow High School's
cafeteria renovations*

Two new grants, from the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation and the
Healthy Eating Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
allow TFC to investigate a promising new focus in contemporary school meal
research. Read more here

The Research Behind The GREEN Tool
Last summer we released the GREEN (Garden Resources, Education, and
Environment Nexus) Tool
This latest research paper from Dr. Kate Gardner Burt and the Tisch Food
Center team in the *Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
the research behind the development of this tool for school garden
sustainability. Read more here.

A recent *Reuters*
article highlighted this research as well.

Policy Corner   Landscape of Publicly Funded Nutrition Education Policies
and Programs in NYS and NYC
In March we convened two roundtables with over 60 of the 100+ stakeholders
we have interviewed as part of our research over the past year, to solicit
feedback on preliminary findings. Keep an eye out for reports to be
published this summer!

*Support Universal Free Lunch in NYC*

As partners on the Lunch 4 Learning Campaign, we continue to support
universal free meals for ALL NYC students - along with 82% of New Yorkers
according to a recent poll conducted by the NYS Health Foundation
Reach out to your city council member to let him or her know you support
it, too. Need help finding your council member? Click here

*Engaging in Policy as a Nutrition Educator*

Although advocacy can seem daunting, Tisch Policy Scholar, Callie Troutman,
breaks down the many avenues to engaging with policy as a nutrition
educator. Read her full article in the TC Program in
Nutrition's publication, *The Grapevine

ICYMI, Claire Uno and colleagues' webinar "The Time is Right for Strong
Advocacy: Lessons and Insights from Policy Insiders" is available for free
online here

Featured Resource
  Want to Chat Food with Your Tween?


We're looking for parents of tweens to become pilot program
participants in the newly launched CHATFood, an online resource that
provides weekly BuzzFood posts on news stories that get parents and tweens
chatting and taking action. Sign up here

Recent News

Congratulations to Dr. Isobel Contento who is the incoming President for
the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Foundation!

We had the pleasure of hosting visiting scholars, Dr. Katsura Omori (Japan)
and Dr. Taejung Woo (Korea) this year. Dr. Woo's research was recently
published in the *Journal of Nutrition and Health

On February 28th, Pam Koch spoke at The Food Almanac hosted by Slow Food
NYC. Read more here

Pam was quoted in the *Asbury Park Press* sharing her thoughts on calorie
labeling on menus. See the full story here

In February, the National Science Teacher Association posted a glowing
review of our C3 curriculum
the review here

Michigan Co-op uses our *In Defense of Food Curriculum
for weekly parent-child cooking and nutrition education classes. Read the
story here

On April 29th in Washington, D.C., we marched with the NYC Food and
Agriculture contingency at the 2017 People's Climate March. To learn
more, click

In an article from *The Philadelphia Inquirer*, Pam commented that the new
USDA rules for school meals are "a backward move for the health, well-being
and support for academic success of our nation's youth." See the full story

Pam and FoodCorps' Eva Ringstrom highlighted findings from our FoodCorps
the CDC's Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network
(NOPREN) monthly call. Read more here

Upcoming Events

On June 9th, Pam and Syracuse University's Jennifer Wilkins will be leading
a session at the workshop, Teaching About Food Systems, hosted by the
Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University Medical Center. Read more

On June 15th, during the AFHVS/ASFS Conference, Pam will be a panelist at
the session, "The End of the Food Movement as we Know it: Food Politics and
the Trump Administration." Read more here

The 50th annual Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior conference
will be held July 20-24th in Washington, D.C. TFC faculty, staff, and
alumni will be leading conference sessions on advocacy and nutrition
education in schools. For more details and registration information, click

Student Spotlights

A huge congratulations to the 7 doctoral students from the Program in
Nutrition who successfully defended their dissertations!: Ian Ang, Naomi
Arbit, Hiershenee Bhanabhai, Christen Cooper, Matt Graziose, Priya Khorana,
and Jong Min Lee.

Good luck to doctoral student and Tisch Fellow, Cristina Alvarez, who will
be in Mexico this summer to research the impacts of the soda tax there.

Welcome to Sahimar Yammine, intern from NYU's Public Health Nutrition
program, who is assisting with a qualitative study of nutrition education
in East Harlem.

Welcome to Kylie Ivanir, TC Nutrition Education masters student, who is
working on CHATFood

Get to know Matthew Dallefield, PhD candidate, working on the Wellness in
the School evaluation. Read more here

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