Food Policy

Katarina Heyden Katarina Heyden (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Science

Katarina is a third year student at Cornell University in the College of Agriculture and Life Science. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science. In the future, she hopes to attain a graduate degree related to Nutritional Biochemistry and conduct research related to Maternal and Child Nutrition.


How the Trump Administration Packs Your Child’s Lunch

A Look Into the National School Lunch Program What’s the lunch of choice for a kid today? The classic PB and J? Turkey sandwich? A slice of pizza? The truth is that less than fifty percent of kids attending a public school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are bringing a packed lunch...

Defending the Indefensible: Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels America is a non-profit, national organization that supports local nutrition organizations, most of whom serve seniors as their principal population.

Expanding Costs, Provisions and Waistlines: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Obesity

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. It is an epidemic that is claiming the lives of our citizens, making the people of this country sick and costing our country hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

Lightly Salted: The Food Industry and Public Health

With nine out of 10 Americans consuming too much sodium and over 70 million people suffering from hypertension, physicians, government, and industry must develop a joint public health intervention. Ultimately, it will take a synchronized effort -- the public understanding the effects of the sodium in the food they eat, consumers demanding lower sodium in...

School Food and the New AHA Guidelines: How Do We Protect Our Children?

Unfortunately, food at public schools within the United States. is notorious for its poor quality, even though millions of children rely on it everyday for their nutrition. As physicians, we can work to improve the health of children by advocating for increased school-lunch funding, curricula that connect our children with their local food system, and...

Where Planet Meets Plate: Reducing Meat Consumption to Improve Health and Protect the Environment

By reducing meat consumption to the 90 gram daily limit suggested by the Harvard healthy diet, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by billions of tons and cut climate change mitigation costs in half. Decreasing meat consumption even further would compound the benefits, as plant-based alternatives to meat produce 20 to 150 times fewer emissions...

Prescribing Food as Medicine

Physicians can prescribe coupons that are redeemable for free or reduced fresh produce either directly in their clinic or through partnerships with retailers or farmers markets.