Answers to your Food Week questions on food, health, and climate

In fall, the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative hosted a Food Day panel discussion with three experts to help us better understand the environmental footprint of our food—our “foodprint.” We followed up with the panelists to answer some outstanding questions from our audience. Meet the experts: Dr. Jennifer (Jenny) Jay, PhD - Professor, UCLA Institute of …

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The Current Hottest Beverage Trend: Kombucha

  Kombucha is one of the hottest health beverage trends today, despite having been around for centuries. Its first recorded use was in China 221BC during the Tsin Dynasty. So what’s the big deal? Let’s first take a step back and discover what kombucha actually is. Kombucha is a fermented tea which tastes like a …

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Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Blog Series: Lessons from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Written by Carly Randolph 1. What degree/program are you pursuing at UCLA? My name is Carly Randolph and I am currently pursuing my Masters in Public Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. I am in my second (and final!) year of the program. My focus is in Community Health Sciences and I …

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Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Blog Series: School Gardens Grow Healthy Students

By Meghan O-Connell What degree/program are you pursuing at UCLA? I’m a second year graduate student pursuing my Master’s in Public Health. I study nutrition and food systems because I think the food we eat is integral to our health and well-being. What is the Global Food Initiative Fellowship? The UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) …

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Developing a Healthier University with Walter Willett

Walter Willett has become a household name to the thousands of professionals working in the expanding field of food science and nutrition. He has achieved more than you can imagine. The physician, nutrition researcher, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, and chair of the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health is the most …

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Global Food Initiative launches online toolkit to improve school food

The University of California’s Global Food Initiative (GFI) has launched a free online toolkit aimed at providing anyone working with preK-12 schools with resources to help improve school food, nutrition education, and sustainability. In 2014, over 17% of children and adolescents nationwide were obese. The National School Lunch Program provides over 30 million lunches per …

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Chocolate Crickets: A Beginning to Food Week

  News articles across the internet and random links on Facebook are constantly expressing how harmful it is to eat meat because of how the meat is made and processed. However, few of these sources provide alternative, delicious options. Take for example this news article by PBS, which cites scientific studies showing the correlation between …

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Tricks to Enjoy Your Treats: How to Mindfully Enjoy Your Candy on Halloween

  Halloween is my second favorite holiday (nothing beats Christmas for me!). I love dressing up in clever costumes and going to parties with my friends. However, there is one part of Halloween that can be hard and stressful for me: the candy. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I would always want to …

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The Healthiest Building On Campus

As every UCLA student, staff, or faculty member must know by now, there stands a newly finished classic red, brick building next to Pauley Pavilion. Many, however, still wonder what exactly this building is. Most are just thankful for the construction project being complete! This new tall building is the newly finished Luskin Conference Center, …

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Battle of the Burritos: Understanding the Footprint of What We Eat

By Hannah Malan, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative EatWell Pod As part of our Food Day celebration this year, the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative EatWell pod collaborated with Jennifer Jay, Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering, to create an infographic that compares the nutrient data and environmental impact of two different recipes for …

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