What I Learned From the Man Behind Ben and Jerry’s

No, it wasn’t Ben, and it wasn’t Jerry either. Last week I had the opportunity to hear Jeff Furman, a Ben and Jerry’s insider, speak about his role at Ben and Jerry’s , from helping to create its original business plan, to its innovation and social mission development, to selling it to Unilever, and finally…

Driving? Turn the Phone Off!

Driving is debatably the biggest public safety and public health issue of our nation. It is the leading cause of death among Americans ages 1 to 34, and the leading cause of long-term disability for all (McMillin, 2010). Statistically speaking, it is the single most dangerous activity most of us will do today. Skydiving or…

The Agrarian Adventure!

For one of my classes last semester we were required to do a community service-learning project and see how nutrition (teaching, implementation in school foodservice, etc.) works in the real world. I chose to work with The Agrarian Adventure because I thought that their goals and objectives were spot on with what I believed in.…

Mystery Meat

What are kids eating in school? I remember as a kid getting one of those trays with a carton of milk, a main dish (no vegetarian options back then, at least at my school), a side of carrot sticks or mushy peas, and maybe some canned fruit cocktail. All of it was up to nutrition…

World AIDS Day 2009

Today is World AIDS Day: a day where 5,500 people will die of AIDS and 8,200 more will become infected with HIV – 152 of them in the United States of America. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS just released a report that says that AIDS is the leading cause of death globally in…

Michigan Community Conversation for a National AIDS Strategy

Michigan got its chance to give feedback to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on Wednesday, 18 November 2009. From across the state, providers, people living with HIV, and people affected by HIV came and gave their recommendations, suggestions, and demands on video tape and in writing. I was the statewide organizer for…