Tracy George - Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.
Picking fresh produce grown at Wangari Gardens

Career goal: To empower individuals and communities to take an active role in their health through education on nutrition, physical activity and stress-management. 

Internship outline: Tracy worked with the Center for Science in the Public Interest in the health promotion policy department. She analyzed data on sodium content in restaurant foods with the aim of producing a report to reflect the progress, or lack thereof, that the prepared foods industry has made to reduce sodium content in their foods. 

She was also a garden apprentice at Wangari Gardens, a nonprofit community garden aimed at cultivating community and providing fresh, healthy foods to community members. She interviewed individual garden plot holders about their experiences gardening and thoughts on health, nutrition and community engagement through the gardens. 

Value of experience: The dichotomous nature of my summer provided me an opportunity to see nutrition work from a variety of perspectives: nutrition policy working to change industry behavior, and grassroots level activity working to educated and bring community members together around growing their own food. 

Best moment/experience: One of the many highlights of my summer was meeting NYU nutrition professor, Marion Nestle, at the Soda Summit hosted by Center for Science in the Public Interest. Reading Professor Nestle’s book What to Eat was a major influence on my decision to pursue a graduate degree in public health. Her blog Food Politics is my daily newspaper, keeping me informed about some of the most important events in nutrition in this country. 

Funding source: Laurence and Judith Weiss Fellowship