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TFC Executive Director Pamela Koch Featured in Huffington Post for her role on the Common Threads Panel

Tisch Food Center (TFC) executive director Pamela Koch was featured in an article on Huffington Post about her role speaking on a panel at an event hosted by the national nonprofit, Common Threads.

Common Threads is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight childhood obesity by educating low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools, and communities. The organization recently brought together key players and experts in the health field to learn about how they, in parternship with Common Threads, are addressing the diet-related health and obesity crisis.  

Panelists included: 

Lorna Power, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene 

Pamela Koch, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy 

Stella Yi, NYU School of Medicine 

Dr. Robert Graham, Office of Community and Public Health & North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Founder of @farewellness 

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, about the cross-sector collaboration approach that they are using to tackle childhood health. 

Below is a segment of the article, which orignially appeared on Huffington Post on 12/21/15:

PAMELA KOCH, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy 
A multifaceted approach is necessary to reach more kids with effective nutrition education. If evaluation is a part of it, with data showing that kids are not only healthier, but also learning better because of it, then nutrition education will become a top priority.

"I really believe that you need quality nutrition education, hands-on experiences, and exposure to health food in order to navigate through today's food environment successfully."

Pamela Koch's work at the Tisch Center focuses on curriculum development and evaluation. She researches the connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating. The Tisch Center then translates that research into useful resources, such as curricula for school teachers and recommendations for policy makers.

She attributed the increase in childhood obesity to today's challenging food environment and has research to back that up. According to Pamela, changes over the last decade have brought challenges related to access to healthy and affordable food, families preparing and eating food at home less frequently, and a lack of the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices.

Collaboration is another critical component and Pamela, along with the other panelists, said that programs should partner together and incorporate research and evaluations to show success; a necessary step in implementing widespread programming. One of her recent studies (1) in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that targeted curriculum intervention focused on energy balance was successful in "improving many of the specifically targeted behaviors related to reducing obesity risk, indicating that combining inquiry-based science education and behavioral theory is a promising approach."

Encouraged by direct service providers like Common Threads, the Tisch Center has used data from the 2013-14 school year to identify where programs are working in schools and which schools have a need. She explained, "nutrition education needs to follow evidence-based deterministic behavior changes that get kids motivated to want to make changes."

 

Published Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

TFC Executive Director Pamela Koch Featured in Huffington Post for her role on the Common Threads Panel

Common Threads is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight childhood obesity by educating low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools, and communities. The organization recently brought together key players and experts in the health field to learn about how they, in parternship with Common Threads, are addressing the diet-related health and obesity crisis.  

Panelists included: 

Lorna Power, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene 

Pamela Koch, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy 

Stella Yi, NYU School of Medicine 

Dr. Robert Graham, Office of Community and Public Health & North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Founder of @farewellness 

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, about the cross-sector collaboration approach that they are using to tackle childhood health. 

Below is a segment of the article, which orignially appeared on Huffington Post on 12/21/15:

PAMELA KOCH, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy 
A multifaceted approach is necessary to reach more kids with effective nutrition education. If evaluation is a part of it, with data showing that kids are not only healthier, but also learning better because of it, then nutrition education will become a top priority.

"I really believe that you need quality nutrition education, hands-on experiences, and exposure to health food in order to navigate through today's food environment successfully."

Pamela Koch's work at the Tisch Center focuses on curriculum development and evaluation. She researches the connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating. The Tisch Center then translates that research into useful resources, such as curricula for school teachers and recommendations for policy makers.

She attributed the increase in childhood obesity to today's challenging food environment and has research to back that up. According to Pamela, changes over the last decade have brought challenges related to access to healthy and affordable food, families preparing and eating food at home less frequently, and a lack of the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices.

Collaboration is another critical component and Pamela, along with the other panelists, said that programs should partner together and incorporate research and evaluations to show success; a necessary step in implementing widespread programming. One of her recent studies (1) in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that targeted curriculum intervention focused on energy balance was successful in "improving many of the specifically targeted behaviors related to reducing obesity risk, indicating that combining inquiry-based science education and behavioral theory is a promising approach."

Encouraged by direct service providers like Common Threads, the Tisch Center has used data from the 2013-14 school year to identify where programs are working in schools and which schools have a need. She explained, "nutrition education needs to follow evidence-based deterministic behavior changes that get kids motivated to want to make changes."

 

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