Chinara Tate is currently a pre-doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is pursuing studies in nutrition and neurocognition. Ms. Tate has specific interest in researching the neuromodulatory properties of food and doing clinical work that will enable families in economically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities to engage in making healthy food choices.
Chinara Tate is currently a pre-doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is pursuing studies in nutrition and neurocognition. Ms. Tate has specific interest in researching the neuromodulatory properties of food and doing clinica
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March 15, 2013
Under current USDA guidelines, a 10 year old child attending public school can opt to consume the following on any given school day: a can of Coca-Cola and a HoneyBun for breakfast; a Snickers bar for a snack; an a la carte pizza, bag of potato chips, packaged chocolate chip cookie and an additional soda for lunch. Albeit the national standards for school lunch improved significantly this past Fall, the guidelines set forth do not apply to so called 'competitive foods'. Items under this label include foods and beverages sold within school cafeterias a la carte, in vending machines as well as...
December 6, 2012
Let me preface by stating that I’m somewhat of a food snob and food purist. I haven’t consumed anything from a fast food chain in about 5 years and the very sight of highly processed packaged foods make me cringe. As a mother, doctoral candidate in nutrition and the daughter of pescatarian parents, it’s not difficult to surmise how my proclivities toward unadulterated, organic, nutrient dense, hormone free food came about. Nor should it come as a surprise that I’ve been sending my four year old son to daycare and then pre-school with a packed home prepared meal for the past 3+ years. I...