New Study: Learning What Students Actually Eat In The Cafeteria May Be Easier Than We Once Thought
A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by Program in Nutrition Alum Dr. Matthew Graziose et al., suggests that a quick and simple questionnaire may substitute for more involved methods of evaluating fruits and vegetables students take and eat at school lunch. When we know more about the types of fruits and vegetables students are eating in school meals, or whether they are eating them at all, we can accurately test programs and shift messages to ensure students are getting the maximum benefit. For example, this questionnaire can be used by nonprofits looking for a cost-effective way to measure program impacts on fruit and vegetable consumption at school lunch. A tool such as this one may also help policy makers direct funding and support for school lunch programming.
Tisch Food Center Connects the Cafeteria to the Classroom
This summer we had the opportunity to participate in the Teachers College Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools Summer Institute 2018.
Tisch Food Center at the 2018 SNEB Annual Conference
The Teachers College Program in Nutrition, through the Tisch Food Center, faculty, staff, and alumni, were active throughout the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s (SNEB) 2018 Annual Conference in July:
New Position Statement on Integrated, Comprehensive Nutrition in Schools
Dr. Isobel Contento, Director of the Program in Nutrition and the Tisch Food Center’s faculty director, recently co-authored a joint professional position paper on the importance of comprehensive, integrated school nutrition programs.
Just Food Conference 2018
On March 25, the Tisch Food Center partnered with Just Food on their annual conference at Teachers College.
Tisch Food Center Submits DGA Comment
On March 30, the Tisch Food Center submitted comment to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) regarding the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).
Tisch Food Center Visits Capitol Hill
On April 24, the Tisch Food Center traveled to Capitol Hill with colleagues from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Nutrition, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and The Food Trust in order to advocate for nutrition education programs and research in the farm bill.
New Study: Creating Healthy Food Environments at Home
A recent study in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, by Program in Nutrition Alumna Dr. Hiershenee B. Luesse et al. explores how parents like to get nutrition education, and what is easy or hard about creating healthy food environments at home.
New Study: Nutrition Educators Should Meet Students Where They’re At
My mom usually buys me bottles of Gatorade and I am trying to change that, I am telling her to buy me bottles of water…I have been telling my mom to do what I tell her that has to do with healthier stuff and she has been doing good…now, she only drinks those healthy fruit drinks and homemade smoothies and water. – Louisa, 5th grade girl
A recent study in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine, by Program in Nutrition Alumna Dr. Marissa Burgermaster et al., highlights that understanding the different ways students use what they have learned through nutrition education can help educators tailor lessons to meet kids where they’re at, instead of expecting that they are all coming with the same set of lived experiences. These findings may help make obesity prevention programs more effective.
New Resources: Nutrition Education Programs in NYC Schools
All New York City students deserve access to great nutrition education, yet 44% of New York City schools lack external nutrition education programming.
New Study: To Root Gardens in Schools, Create Curricular Connections
A recent study in the journal Health Behavior and Policy Review, by Dr. Katherine Gardner Burt and Tisch Food Center team members, concludes that supporting teachers to connect gardens with core academic subjects is critical to help school gardens grow deep roots in schools.
New Study: Students Need Help Navigating Food Environments
A new study in the Journal of School Health, by Dr. Marissa Burgermaster and the Tisch Food Center team, provides further evidence that nutrition education needs to happen hand-in-hand with efforts to improve the food environments students encounter on a daily basis.
New Study: Making Nutrition Education Work in Schools
A study just out in the Journal of School Health, by Dr. Kathleen Porter and Tisch Food Center team members, sheds light on why and how New York City schools make external nutrition education programs part of their school’s every day culture.
New Faces at the Tisch Food Center
This fall, the Tisch Food Center welcomed three fabulous new students and staff to its team:
Food Day 2017
This year in celebration of International Food Day, Teachers College Program in Nutrition Dietetic Interns decided to highlight the issue of food waste (and have fun in the process) with their Waste not, Wine not event.
IUNS International Nutrition Congress
Dr. Isobel Contento and Program in Nutrition Doctoral student Cristina Alvarez presented preliminary data at the International Union of Nutrition Science's (IUNS) 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 15-17.
NYC SNAP-Ed Coalition
Over the past year, the Tisch Food Center convened a coalition of SNAP-Ed grantees in New York City in order to increase advocacy and visibility of nutrition education in the city. Monthly meetings allow implementers to explore opportunities for collaboration as well as the exchange of ideas.
Farm to School Coalition- New York Grown Food for New York Kids
This fall, the Tisch Food Center joined a new coalition, New York Food for New York Kids, committed to increasing healthy, locally grown food and related nutrition education in public schools across the State.
Tisch Food Center Reacts to CNPP / FNS Merger Announcement
This fall, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will merge the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) into the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Until now, a politically appointed CNPP executive director reported directly to the Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. CNPP will now be part of FNS and will be lead by a career staff member.
2018-19 Farm Bill Support: Marker Bills & Priorities
While the House Committee on Agriculture and Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry work on their respective first drafts of the 2018/2019 farm bill, the Tisch Food Center is actively promoting priorities to ensure Americans have access to high quality nutrition education. This fall, the staff:
The State of Nutrition Education in NYS and NYC
How can we ensure that all New Yorkers have the opportunity to become empowered eaters?
Four Recommendations for GREAT Nutrition Education in NYS and NYC
How can we ensure that all New Yorkers have the opportunity to become empowered eaters?
The Tisch Food Center Announces Pair of Reports: Empowered Eaters
New research shows that nutrition education in New York State and New York City is extremely vulnerable to federal and state budget cuts.
Tisch Food Center Opposes USDA Rollback of School Nutrition Standards
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed changes that would weaken school nutrition standards. Specifically, these changes would:
- Delay the next levels of sodium reduction by three years (from school year 2017-2018 to school year 2021-2022);
- Continue the whole-grains waiver; and
- Allow flavored one percent milk.
Tisch Food Center Attends Farm Bill Listening Session
On Monday, October 9, the Tisch Food Center attended a House Committee on Agriculture Farm Bill Listening Session in Cobleskill, NY.
You can find a PDF of our submitted testimony here. Please feel free to modify and pass along your own support to the House Committee on Agriculture at: email@example.com, or by contacting your own Representative.
New York City Announces Free School Lunch for All
On September 6, 2017, New York City (NYC) Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced NYC will become the largest school district in the U.S. to offer free school lunch to all public school students.
Tisch Food Center Partners with Summer Principals Academy
The Tisch Food Center is partnering with Summer Principals Academy (SPA) to teach future school leaders how supporting healthy school meals and food and nutrition education can contribute to greater equity.
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference 2017
July 20-24, faculty, staff, and students with the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy attended the 50th Annual Conference for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) in Washington D.C.
Senator Gillibrand Highlights Nutrition Education in NYS
On June 23rd, the Tisch Food Center and partner organizations, including Cornell Cooperative Extension and Capital Roots, welcomed Senator Gillibrand as she toured sites implementing nutrition education programs.
Webinar: What is Dietary Guidance for Sustainability?
Pam Koch and colleagues will host a webinar to discuss the intersection of sustainability and nutrition education and policy.
Get to Know Doctoral Student Matthew Dallefield
Learn about his area of research and some fun facts about him, too!
Pam to Present FoodCorps Findings
On May 9th, Pam will join Dr. Erin Centeio of Wayne State University for the CDC's Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) monthly call.
Dr. Pam Koch to Speak at NYCNEN March Meeting
This month's NYCNEN meeting is called "Building Your Brand: Social Media and Beyond"
Policy Analyst Julia McCarthy Responds to NYT Article on SNAP Purchases
Her letter points out that a misleading headline obscures the truth about our country's food system challenges.
Exploring the Relationship Between Teacher Interest and Student Success in Nutrition Education
A recent study in Prevention Science by Dr. Marissa Burgermaster and the Tisch Food Center team highlights the important role teachers play in classroom nutrition education programs.
NYC Food Policy Center Interviews Pam Koch
Learn more about our Executive Director's background, philosophies, prior work, and goals for the future.
Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research Fund Award
TFC Alumni, Marissa Burgermaster was announced as the winner of this year's Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research Fund Award.
People's Climate March 2017
We need you April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.
SNEB Webinar on Advocacy and Policy
TFC Assistant Executive Director Claire Uno and former Tisch Policy Scholar Ali Hard are hosting an SNEB Webinar, "The Time is Right for Strong Advocacy on Capitol Hill: Lessons and Insights from Policy Insiders." Other presenters include Jennifer Folliard and Tracy Fox.
Meet Lorenza Sganzetta
TFC Visiting Scholar From Milan
To eat or not to eat: changing foods habits for global sustainability
The Consulate of France in NY is hosting a panel on food sustainability on 1/18.
Eating Matters Podcast
Assistant Executive Director Claire Uno and Policy Analyst Julia McCarthy were featured guests on the podcast, Eating Matters.
Foster Healthy Habits Through Understanding Students' Beliefs and Practices
A recent study in Appetite by Dr. Isobel Contento and the Tisch Food Center team investigates how students' beliefs and practices are linked to what they choose to eat. This research can make nutrition education more effective at moving students towards healthy habits.
Learning, Food, & Sustainability Published
Dr. Pamela Koch publishes chapter about nutrition education and sustainability in the classroom.
School Gardens are More Than Just a Trendy Fad
According to a recent study by Tisch Food Center researcher, Kate Gardener Burt, school gardens have a 150 year history stemming from the coining of the term kindergarten, German for “children’s garden.”
Welcome to Our Newest Tisch Scholar
Callie Troutman is the center's newest Tisch Scholar.
Tisch Food Center Research Volunteer
This is a volunteer position supporting the Tisch Food Center research and program activities.
Five Reasons the Next President Should Prioritize Nutrition Education
Summer Intern, Camille Veri, outlines why nutrition education deserves the next president's attention.
Intern's NYT Letter to the Editor
Summer intern Kasey Wien responds to a NYT article on childhood obesity.
A delicious way to reduce food waste...with recipes!
Re-branding nutrition education
"Does nutrition education have a branding problem? Do people outside the field too often think of it as giving information about nutrients?" These questions formed the basis of the Dialogue Now session the Tisch Food Center hosted at the 2016 SNEB conference.
For Active Kids, Less Crime, More Parks
New TFC study reveals correlation between crime, parks, and children’s physical activity.
2016 SNEB Conference Posters & Presentations
Faculty, staff, and students presented new research at the 2016 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference, July 30-August 2.
The Grapevine Newsletter Spring 2016 Edition
The Spring 2016 issue of The Grapevine Newsletter has been published! Check it out at the Teachers College Program in Nutrition website. The Grapevine is a quarterly newsletter written by students in the Teachers College Program in Nutrition.
TFC Research Update
Tisch Food Center researchers recently published 2 papers, one in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and one in the May issue of Childhood Obesity. Both studies examine the attitudes, behaviors, and motivations that kids and teens may have around food.
Tisch Scholar on Ethical Eating Panel
Curious about ethical eating as a solution to climate change? Our Tisch scholar, Ali Hard, will be on a panel with experts from Center for a Livable Future and Bard Center for Environmental Policy at the Church Center for the United Nations - CCUN on Thursday, May 19!
TFC's Claire Uno on Upcoming Panel Discussion
On Wednesday, April 20, Tisch Food Center's Claire Uno will be a panelist on a discussion hosted by Food Policy and Obesity Prevention on the intersection of Public Health and Food Justice at the Mailman School of Public Health. Event is from 5:30-6:45pm.
TFC Creates Recipes for the 'Rangel Resolution'
Throughout the month of March, leading up the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Charles Rangel will be relaunching the Rangel Resolution, an initiative that encourages people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The Tisch Food Center created two recipes that are affordable, accesible and easy to prepare -- Blueberry Ginger Superfood Smoothie Bowl and Savory Oatmeal with Baby Spinach and Black Beans.
SNEB Presents: What's in a name?
SNEB is hosting an upcoming free webinar about nutrition education. This two-hour webinar aims to reduce global misunderstanding about what we call the work we do. It will consist of short presentations of different approaches to helping people eat better: Behaviour Change, Social Marketing, (Food and) Nutrition Education, and Health Promotion.
Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT.
TFC Presents IDOF Curriculum at TC Academic Festival
The Tisch Food Center will be hosting a workshop on the new In Defense of Food Curriculum at the upcoming Teachers College Academic Festival on Saturday, April 2.
TFC on the Hill: Making the Case for Nutrition Education in D.C.
The Tisch Food Center, along with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, are calling on Congress to increase funding for Team Nutrition in the FY17 Appropriations Bill. Read more about our case for strengthening nutrition education.
NYC4CNR March 2016 Newsletter
The March 2016 newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.
Teachers College Profile Piece on TFC
Teachers College recently wrote a profile piece on the Tisch Food Center and our work to champion and create good nutrition education! Read it here.
Pamela Koch Quoted in HealthDay News
Can consistent self-weighing give diet efforts a boost? Tisch Food Center's Pamela Koch weighs in. Check out the article she was quoted in here.
Joan Gussow Interview on Just Food Website
Just Food caught up with Joan Gussow to get the inside scoop as she puts the final touches on her Food Talk at the upcoming Just Food Conference, which will focus on the history of Just Food. Check out the interview here!
TFC Advocating to #EndHungerNow on Capitol Hill
The NYC Alliance for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) was out in full force on Capitol Hill with colleagues Claire Uno (Tisch Food Center), David DeVaughn (City Harvest), and Greg Silverman (Wellness in the Schools) working to #EndHungerNow.
Pamela Koch Quoted!
TFC Executive Director Pamela Koch has recently been quoted in the media for her reaction to the Dietary Guidelines as well as her opinion on changing consumer preferences.
Check out TFC at the Following Upcoming Events!
The annual Just Food Conference will be held on March 13 at Teachers College. We are very excited about all of the sessions. The Tisch Food Center faculty and alumni will be involved in many of the day's events.
The Grapevine Newsletter Winter Edition
The latest issue of The Grapevine Newsletter was recently published! The Grapevine is a quarterly newsletter written by students in the Teachers College Program in Nutrition.
Pam Koch on Progressive Radio Network
TFC Executive Director Pam Koch was recently interviewed by Bhavani Jaroff's iEat Green Radio Show on Progressive Radio Network.
Principals’ Perception of Universal Free Lunch: A Survey Analysis
A new report by the Tisch Food Center's Renata Peralta highlights principal support for New York City's universal free lunch program for middle schoolers. This report comes at a time when advocates are pressing the Mayor and City Council to expand this program to elementary and high schools.
Internship Opportunities for Spring/Summer 2016
The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University currently has two internship openings for summer 2016. Internships could also be completed in spring 2016 depending on candidates’ availability. Timing for these internships is flexible, but we are ideally looking for candidates to be in our office in NYC 30-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks. The internships are unpaid.
Tisch Food Center Statement on Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill
The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy (the Tisch Food Center), Teachers College, Columbia University, are pleased that many of our recommendations have been included in the Senate Agriculture Committee’s proposed bill that lays the groundwork for strengthening nutrition education in federal child nutrition programs.
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.
In Defense of Food Film Premieres December 30 on PBS
Gather your friends, family, and fellow food lovers to watch the national broadcast of In Defense of Food, based on the book by Michael Pollan, on December 30th at 9pm on PBS.
Recap of the book talk with author Indira Naidoo
On December 16, 2015, the Tisch Food Center hosted Australian author Indira Naidoo, who spoke about her latest book, The Edible City.
Pamela Koch on NBC Nightly News
TFC executive director, Pamela Koch, was on an NBC Nightly News segment discussing how Big Food is responding to consumers' demand for real food.
NYTimes: A Seismic Shift in How People Eat
TFC executive director Pam Koch and NYU's Hans Taparia wrote an article for the New York Times. Americans are changing their eating habits and food companies are struggling to keep up.
Tisch 'Dish Newsletter Fall 2015
The fall edition of the Tisch 'Dish, our quarterly newsletter, is here! Read about timely policy updates, exciting news from the center, and student spotlights.
Big Food: Lobbying Will Only Accelerate the Inevitable
While the food industry ensured that sustainability will not be included in the next Dietary Guidelines for Americans, in the end their efforts may cause them more harm than good.
NYC4CNR August 2015 Newsletter
The August newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.
Tisch 'Dish Newsletter Summer 2015
The summer edition of Tisch 'Dish, our quarterly newsletter! Read about timely policy updates, exciting news from the center, and student spotlights.
10 Reasons Congress Should Stop Playing Politics With Science and Our Health
Congress is attempting to allow food industry interests to trump the health of people and the planet through the back door approach of the budget process.
NYC4CNR July 2015 Newsletter
The July 2015 Newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.
Entertainment combined with behavior change strategies helps kids be healthy
Creature 101 is an online video game for middle school students, which motivates youth to eat healthy and be active through integrating the best entertainment strategies with the best behavior change strategies.
Tisch Food Center to Present Nutrition Education Workshop at Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference
The Tisch Food Center is presenting "Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk: Understanding and Engaging Teachers in Nutrition Education" at this year's Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference held on July 25-28th in Pittsburgh, PA.
NYC4CNR June Newsletter
The June 2015 Newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.
NYC4CNR May Newsletter
The May 2015 Newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.
Views on the News: Revised Dietary Guidelines Must 'Dish' On Sustainability
Experts from Teachers College weigh in here on why including sustainability in the revised guidelines is critical for our future.
Tisch Food Center Travels the World to Present Research
Nutrition education and the impact the food system has on our population's health are global topics of interest. Executive Director Pam Koch and Faculty Director Isobel Contento will travel to Japan, Malaysia, and Scotland to present the Tisch Food Center's research.
Tisch Food Center Testimony on New York State Assembly Sugared Beverages Bill
The Tisch Food Center submitted written testimonial to the New York State Assembly regarding Bill 2320-A, which would require manufacturers to place warning labels on sugary beverages.
Tisch Food Center at TC Academic Festival
Teachers College Academic Festival is Saturday April 11th from 8am-6:30pm. Executive Director Pam Koch and doctoral student Matthew Graziose will both be a part of the festivities.
Tisch 'Dish Newsletter Spring 2015
New spring edition of the Tisch 'Dish, our quarterly newsletter! Read about our new website, food policy news, research updates & more.
Huffington Post: Don't Let Food Industry Stir the Pot
Instead of endorsing highly processed foods, Pam Koch says nutrition professionals need to focus on supporting policies that make our nation healthier.
Huffington Post: Just Say Yes to Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines
The Tisch Food Center argues that sustainability should inform the Dietary Guidelines for the health of people and the planet.
Tisch Food Center Launches New Evaluation Partnerships to Explore Healthy School Environments
The Tisch Food Center is launching partnerships with NYC’s Wellness in the Schools (WITS) and the national service organization FoodCorps to evaluate the impact of their work creating school environments that help kids be healthy and ready to learn.
Teachers Help Make Choice, Control & Change Successful at Changing How Students Eat
Great teachers help students learn better. What we didn’t know until now is that great teaching can also help youth to eat better.
Tisch Scholar Attends SNA and FRAC Conferences in DC
Ali Hard shares her experience advocating in Washington, DC for a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
TC's Koch and Peralta: Education Sets the Table for Healthy Eating in School
Faculty and students weigh in on the importance of nutrition ed in schools and on conscientious meat consumption.
The Tisch Dish
The first edition of our quarterly newsletter, with research spotlights, upcoming events, recent news and more!
World premier of CULTIVATION
Join us for a documentary about Joan Dye Gussow, the "matriarch of the food movement" and TC professor emeritus. November 17th, 6pm, at Teachers College.
Food Day 2014 at TC
Join us on 10/23 for delicious food, photo booth and more. Plus join the #FoodDayPlate contest now for great prizes.
"In Defense of Food" - a new curriculum and media partnership!
The Tisch Food Center will be creating the curriculum accompanying a forthcoming PBS documentary based on Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food".
New research to be presented at Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
Studies include school gardens, NYC nutrition education programs, community supported agriculture, a science-based nutrition curriculum and wellness policy, an online nutrition game and more.
May We Recommend the Vegetables?
June's "TC Today" features an article about the Tisch Food Center.
The Tisch Food Center is working with diverse stakeholders for a strong Child Nutrition Act.
Incorporating Sustainability in Federal Nutrition Guidelines
Tisch Food Center comments to the USDA detailing why eating in a way that supports the health of people and the planet is a crucial consideration for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015.
Tisch Food Center releases new report: "Expanding Nutrition Education Programs in New York City Elementary Schools: Understanding Practice to Inform Policy"
The report explores the landscape of nutrition education programs in schools in three New York City boroughs, details what is going well, and makes recommendations for improvements. A guide to nutrition education programs available to NYC schools is included.