The first week of classes has come and gone, and I’m already 110% in love with my program. I feel incredibly fortunate that every day, I get to read and learn about issues/information that I would normally read in my own free time. So far, this is one major difference that I’ve noticed between graduate school and undergrad: you want to be in class, and you get excited to do your homework.
During this first week, we talked a lot about our research interests and what motivated us to study nutrition. I felt like giving everyone **snaps** after they shared their own personal journeys to nutrition. While we all come from very different backgrounds and research interests, we are connected in one simple way: we want to help people. These days, it’s rare to be surrounded by people who are motivated by something other than their own personal gain.
Today, I want to share more of my own personal motivations to study nutrition. As I may have mentioned, my research interests are in health disparities, community health (specifically aimed towards low-income families), food access, and food policy. Clearly, I’m still figuring out my thesis topic 😉
For one of our nutrition seminars this quarter, we had to watch “What the food movement can learn from history” by Alison Cayne. Cayne is the owner of Haven’s Kitchen, a recreational cooking school, specialty food shop and event space in Manhattan.
This video is everything I love about studying nutrition. It’s my dream to help make fair food a reality. Please take fifteen minutes to educate yourselves and join the movement!
To quote Cayne,
“For those of you outside of the food movement who don’t realize we have a problem, we do. So it’s time to get on board.”
“What does a fair food system look like?
- It’s when every school child can eat a nutritious lunch every day.
- It means that fresh vegetables are available at every corner store in even the poorest neighborhoods.
- It means that those who have very little to spend on food aren’t forced into a diet of sugary and processed foods that makes them sick.
- It means that farmers and our growers don’t have to be worried about paying for their kids’ education because their work is valued.
- It means that people know what they’re buying because they have real choice and can see the label.”
For those of you interested in food deserts, this article was an interesting and thought-provoking read.
- Do you like reading about topics such as these? What would you like to read more about on Just a Pinch? More/less about my classes, more about Seattle, less/more about food, recipes? Please let me know!
- What is one thing you would want to change about the food culture in America?
- If you had to pick a research topic related to nutrition, what would you choose?