Article 1: A Complementary Teaching Activity for Food Security and Healthy Eating Behavior Change in a Community College.
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Charmaine Aleong is a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian. Ms. Aleong holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Teacher’s College, at Columbia University, and a Master’s Degree in Nursing, from Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She also received training as a Master Gardener at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Ms. Aleong is presently an Associate Professor at Bronx Community College (BCC), CUNY, where she teaches courses in nutrition, as well as personal and community health.
Ms. Aleong is the coordinator of the Dietetic and Nutrition program at BCC, where she also serves as advisor to the Food and Garden Club. In this capacity, her objective is to improve healthy eating behavior by empowering students with the ability to prepare healthy low cost meals as well as grow some of their own food, in an urban environment. She educates students on the growing of seasonal vegetables in the college demonstration garden, and creates “garden to table” cooking experiences, during club hours. The popularity of the college’s Food and Garden Club has led to Ms. Aleong being voted outstanding club advisor for the past 2 years. Ms. Aleong also works with the BCC Food Pantry to help reduce food insecurity in this urban population, which is at high risk for chronic health issues. These issues arise from the community’s limited sources of affordable, healthy food choices and lack of knowledge about healthy food options.
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