Campus dining has been a hot topic at GW for many years. With the recent creation of The Store, GW’s Food Pantry, and subsequent spikes in users, student fellows at The Food Institute became curious to find where and how the system is falling short. After weeks of thorough research, we are pleased to publish our findings for our community to see. On January 25, 2018, we met with President LeBlanc to discuss the details of our report and next steps for GW dining. With this, we hope that the new GW administration under President LeBlanc will begin to take action to remediate this system and put the wellbeing of the students first.
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Did you know that D.C. has the sixth highest child food insecurity rate out of any state in the US? In fact, almost 15% of DC residents are food insecure. The US Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” So, what is being done about this problem?
In 2011, Dr. Nimali Fernando realized that a lot of her patient’s illnesses could be linked back to inadequate nutrition. She felt as if she was giving the same advice to every patient, yet none of the recipes or resources was enough to truly make a difference once the patients left the office. So, she started a blog as a collection of recipes, tips and tools to start children eating healthier at a younger age. What began as an easy place to point her patients for help transformed into her own private practice, a book, and an entire curriculum focused on introducing fresh fruits and vegetables to children with ways on making them more enjoyable for everyone involved.
When Ariel Pasternak first started Pineapple DC, she gathered 30 food obsessed women in her living room for a potluck. They discussed their shared interest in connecting with each other, and learning more from women in food at events around town. So in May 2015, Pineapple DC was born. Since then, Pineapple DC has evolved into the Pineapple Collaborative, and spread to San Francisco and New York City.
Mark your calendar for February 22, March 22, and April 26! The Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, the GW Food Institute, and the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility, is hosting a cross-disciplinary seminar series on the topic of sugar and sweeteners which will take place on three dates throughout the Spring 2018 semester. All seminar sessions will be free and open to the public.