Nutrition Professor, Students Win Trip to D.C.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

A video produced by Professor Marjorie Freedman, her students and Food Justice Ministry community partners received an honorable mention in the “Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Communities on the Move Video Challenge.” Freedman’s video was one of just nine entries to be honored in the national competition. All the winners will be invited to the White House and will meet First Lady Michelle Obama. Communities across the country responded enthusiastically to the challenge, submitting videos that represented a broad range of programs, strategies and age groups — from toddlers to teenagers — with submissions from 21 states. The contest was part of “Let’s Move!,” First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation. Freedman and her students from the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging joined with the large and diverse congregation of Most Holy Trinity Church in East San Jose to create the Food Justice Ministry. The program reaches out to parishioners of all ages and ethnicities, offering classes, educational materials, and connections to CalFresh. Check out more on all the winners.