The issues are complex, and there’s no magic bullet. But there are strategies that have demonstrated progress and promise. We believe that the way to move forward is to empower and engage communities, foster collaboration, and provide the tools to implement change. With our new Healthy Food & Community Change initiative, the Illumination Fund aims… Continue reading

Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society

This morning, we’re launching the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund’s Healthy Food & Community Change Initiative. The conference, Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society, features an incredible lineup of participants who hold positions in… Continue reading Bringing Policy to the Table: New Food Strategies for a Healthier Society

The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s

Yikes. What a conundrum. People increasingly need the internet to help complete school assignments, research and apply for jobs, stay current with the news, and be connected with their networks. Not everyone can afford Internet, so they look for places offering free WiFi. Cue McDonald’s, the home-base for all things unhealthy, to offer that service… Continue reading The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s

2013 Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum More than 100 people gathered in person and virtually for the annual Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum. The topic: Can City Food Policies Reduce Disparities? Lessons from New York and London. Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College, and Laurie Tisch gave welcoming remarks, and Sue Atkinson, the… Continue reading

What’s the best thing to drink to get rid of the common cold?

I asked Facebook; the people answered. Here were the responses: Echinacea Minced garlic, with cloves and honey Ginger (x10!) Breathe Easy from Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals Immune Support by Yogi tea Cinnamon + ginger Aveda tea (it has licorice, basil, a few other herbs) Add some rum Add some whiskey Hot toddy… Continue reading What’s the best thing to drink to get rid of the common cold?

New NYC Fresh Food Pack Launches!

A new set of 10 recipes, cooking tips, and kids fun has arrived! Get your free digital copy of the NYC Green Cart Fresh Food Pack here, or see if you can snag one at your local Green Cart vendor. And, if you cook any of the recipes, let me know how it goes! This has been a… Continue reading New NYC Fresh Food Pack Launches!

Are You Supporting Health Horizons?

Many of you know my amazing friend Laura, who I met 8 years ago in a pre-orientation program at Tufts University. A doer-and-shaker, Laura co-founded a phenomenal nonprofit called Health Horizons International (HHI), which seeks to build a new vision of primary health care and community health in the Dominican Republic. I’ve seen the programs… Continue reading Are You Supporting Health Horizons?