November Book Club


A snapshot from the November book club at Dr. Wolf’s place. We read Saru Jayaraman’s Behind the Kitchen Door, and invited Mamdouh and Nin from the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) organization to join us for a fantastic meal and great discussion!

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Rockland Farm Alliance

by Jack Taliercio

Is Rockland County, New York, just thirty miles north of Manhattan, a hotbed of sustainable agriculture?  A grassroots effort, led by the passionate vision of a single farmer, John McDowell, may well revive local food production in the historic Dutch settlement. “One of the earliest industries of Rockland County was the growing of foodstuffs for New York City”, said McDowell.  As a musician and film composer, McDowell achieved worldwide recognition with his soundtrack to the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels.  He has toured and recorded with the band Rusted Root, Krishna Das and has produced several albums including his solo CD Speaking the Mamma Tongue.  All the while, McDowell has maintained a strong connection with the soil.

In early 2007, led by McDowell, a broad-based coalition of farmers, community groups and activists, local and county officials and interested citizens formed “Rockland Farm Alliance” with a simple mission: to preserve, create and enhance sustainable food production in Rockland County, NY.

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Journal Watch

By Laura Guerra

We all know the numbers. Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled (from 7% to 18%), and adolescent obesity has more than tripled (from 5% to 18%). It has spread rapidly across race, gender, and class lines, and has disproportionately affected African-American, Mexican-American, and Native-American children. As nutritionists, we know a number of individual health behaviors and environmental factors play a role in the obesity epidemic. No one cause can be singled out because the multiple environments in which children are embedded (family, peer, school and society) operate together to influence the development of their health behaviors and health status.

Making behavior changes is difficult to begin with, and it can be especially hard for children and adolescents to follow through on good intentions when getting exercise is not easy or safe, or the only food options available are not healthy. Each of us has probably wondered what would it take to align a community to be more supportive? Would such an undertaking even be possible in a large city?

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New Student Notes

On behalf of the Grapevine Newsletter, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the Nutrition students who began their studies here in the Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters. Some of these new students offered to share with us where they are from, what their nutrition interests are, and a few other fun facts about themselves. What an impressive group!

Elizabeth Gray Adler: From Oyster Bay, NY, Elizabeth went to Vanderbilt University and received a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development. For the past year and a half, she has worked for a medical oncologist who specializes in gastrointestinal cancers at the Clinical Genetics Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Tyffanie Ammeter: From Rye, CO, Tyffanie attended the University of Colorado at Boulder to get her B.S. in Business Management with emphasis in Accounting. She is bilingual in Spanish and lived in Chile for over 4 years. Tyffanie was in Chile for the 8.8 earthquake in 2010, and it played a big part in motivating her to make the career change to nutrition and exercise.

Ian (Yi Han) Ang: From Singapore, Ian went to NYU for his undergraduate degree as a double major in Neural Science and Psychology. This year, Ian is a new doctoral student in the Nutrition program. He is not new to TC, however, as he has previously completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College.

Morgan Bookheimer: From Philadelphia, PA, Morgan went to Cornell University and studied Nutritional Science. She currently works for a medical non-profit and is interested in one day running her own non-profit organization in the field of nutrition and public health.

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Exotic Tastes: The traveling foodie- !Viva españa!

by Lindsay Smith

One of the best parts about traveling around the world is trying food from different cultures and places. In June, this traveling foodie was lucky enough to visit the wonderful country of Spain for three weeks, so I’m here to share the delicious food that I sampled as I traveled across the country. Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Ramen: Not just for broke students anymore, but, of course, we’re still welcome

By Jessica Laifer

Miso Ramen, without pork

Since Momofuku opened shop in 2004, New York City has been experiencing what some may call a “ramen renaissance”. Ramen bars have popped up all over the city, serving handmade noodles in a rich, satisfying broth, putting their white styrofoam cup counterparts to shame. And New Yorkers can’t get enough of it, as evidenced by the ever-present crowd in front of Ippudo or Totto Ramen, pouring out the door on any given night of the week. We’re not sure what ramen places have against reservations, but we’re certainly willing to wait. Matzo ball soup – you have some competition.

A recent, notable addition to New York’s expanding ramen scene has graced our fair neighborhood, and is mere steps away from campus. Nestled beneath the above-ground 1 train station at 125th St, just a few feet from the entrance, lies the unassuming Jin Ramen. Continue reading

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Work it Out: Yoga, African Dance & Tai Chi….All Free!

By Tyffanie Ammeter

As someone new to living in New York City, I have been happily surprised by the number of free fitness occasions offered.  I am the type of person who likes to workout in groups instead of phoning it in on the elliptical.  Of course, machines like the treadmill and elliptical offer an excellent opportunity for indoor exercise, but if I have the chance, I will always pick a fitness class over such machines.  So in the past few months, I have been taking advantage of the multitude of complimentary exercise classes offered all over the city, whether it is Zumba, yoga or even tai chi.

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NYCNEN October Meeting

by Matthue Tompkins

Does nutrition education really work? This was the question proposed for the NYCEN (New York City Nutrition Education Network) meeting, hosted by Teachers College, on October 4. NYCNEN is dedicated to educating and supporting a network of members, who seek to improve the food and nutrition environment for a healthier New York City. It has been in operation since 1998, and provides an excellent environment for the exchange of ideas among nutrition professionals.

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Op-Ed: Living a Vibrant Life, Despite Chronic Pain

by Sandeep Kaur Dhillon

Chronic pain is no joke. Neither is chronic fatigue. The frustration, disillusionment, and hopelessness that come along with these symptoms can make the most resilient of warriors waver. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis two years ago, during a time when I was supposed to be carving out the path to a future that was bright, shiny, and beautiful. And it was a gradual, sluggish, exhausting journey to falling flat on my face. It took me a long time, and a lot of mistakes, to stock my metaphorical toolbox so that I could build a happy, productive life. Now I am going to share my tools with you. I won’t be another person telling you to “totally give yoga a shot” or “try going gluten-free!” The tips that follow transformed my life. Whether you are a chronic pain veteran or new to the club, whether you are further down the path of life, or a novice like me, I hope you can walk away with something to think about. Continue reading

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Out and About: My Week Working on an Organic Pig Farm

By Abigail Robinson

I decided to get out of NYC this summer and experience America.  What better way to experience America than on a farm…or a suburban strip mall…but a farm sounded like an adventure.  I also wanted a better understanding of how food is produced.  So, I logged into the WWOOF-website (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), found a farm suitable for NY girls like me, and signed up for a week.  Then I went back and noticed it was an organic pig farm…oh well, too late. Then I told my Jewish mother. Continue reading

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