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Participants in Cholesterol Study Will Receive Free Avocados

Max Johnson, a graduate student in the College of Agriculture, is launching a research study to determine whether regular consumption of avocados can improve blood cholesterol levels. Participants in the study (men ages 18 to 40 who might have elevated cholesterol but are in good health overall) will receive a medium-size Hass avocado daily for eight weeks.

Teaching Nutrition from the Ground Up

As part of a community nutrition course taught by lecturer Jasmin Ilkay, 12 foods & nutrition students volunteered more than 300 hours to install edible gardens at San Antonio High School and El Roble Intermediate School in Claremont. Students also created a marketing plan, including a newsletter, brochures and a slogan, “Let's Grub,” to encourage a wholesome lifestyle.

His Homework Included a Food Bank

As a foods and nutrition major, Darren Johnson learned about the chemistry of food, meal planning, biology and traditional ethnic dishes. His knowledge was mostly theoretical until last year, when he helped open a food bank in downtown Pomona.

Improving the Health of Latinos

Cal Poly Pomona has received a three-year, $248,043 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to train dietetic students to better serve the Latino community. The funding will expand the curriculum for Human Nutrition & Food Science (HNFS) undergraduates, offering new courses that develop Spanish-language skills and focus on Latino culture as well as food and health issues.

Professor Bonny Burns-Whitmore holding an avocado, with graduate student Max Johnson

Graduate student Max Johnson launches an avocado research study

Lissette Fitoria, a senior, plants vegetable seedlings at El Roble Intermediate School in Claremont

Student plants vegetable seedlings in a community garden at El Roble Intermediate School

Professor Sharonda Wallace and Amanda Hughes load sod into a wheelbarrow to prepare a field at San Antonio High School for gardening

Students build a community garden at a local high school

Foods and nutrition major, Darren Johnson, opened a food bank in downtown Pomona.

Foods and nutrition major, Darren Johnson, opens a food bank in downtown Pomona