Northeastern gets ‘Real’ with commitment to serving sustainable food

The uni­ver­sity is the first in Boston to sign on to the “Real Food Chal­lenge,” a com­mit­ment by higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions to pur­chase at least 20 per­cent of its food from local, fair, and sus­tain­able sources by 2020.

3Qs: Too much on MyPlate?

Last Thursday, the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture unveiled MyPlate, a straight­for­ward symbol of proper nutri­tion that replaces the orig­inal food pyramid, which USDA offi­cials have called too com­plex for easy under­standing. Katherine Tucker, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Health Sci­ences in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern, weighs in on whether the new model of dietary guide­lines will combat obe­sity by making it easier for Amer­i­cans to eat healthfully.