What We Do

FPOP hosts speakers, organizes conferences, volunteers, holds cooking demonstrations, shares events with our members. Here are some of our past events.

2017-2018 FPOP Events

March 1, 2018 – Salad Bar in a Mason Jar Event with Food Policy and Food Advocacy Fact Sheets
February 27, 2018 – FPOP General Body Meeting
January 25, 2017– Achieving Public Health 3.0 Through Food Policy: A Broadening Vision of Food and Health, Grand Rounds Lecture featuring: Mark Bittman, Claire Wang @Mailman School of Public Health

February 10, 2017– FPOP meeting with Health Policy and Management Department (Mailman School of Public Health)

February 23, 2017– FPOP General Body Meeting

February 28, 2017– Q&A/Lunch-and-Learn with Mark Bittman

March 30, 2017– 2017 SNAP Challenge Kick-Off

March 31, 2017– Co-sponsored “Neither Grapes Nor Lettuce,” An Interdisciplinary Symposium on U.S. Immigration and Migration

April 3-7, 2017– 2nd Annual Campus-Wide SNAP Challenge

April 5, 2017– Food Policy Talk and SNAP Challenge Reflection with Tisch Center for Food Education and Policy

April 15, 2017– Harlem Grown Volunteer Day

April 26, 2017– “Salad Bar in a Mason Jar” Event

April 27, 2017– Real Food Challenge’s Community Organizing Campus Training

April 28, 2017– FPOP Member Leads FPOP-planned Nutrition Lesson at JHS 291 (in collaboration with AmeriCorps)

May 11, 2017- CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Talk @ CUNY: Building a Food Movement in New York in the Age of Trump

September 21, 2017- FPOP General Body Meeting

October 12, 2017– “What the Health” Screening, Collaboration with SPIM (Students for the Promotion of Integrative Medicine)

October 19, 2017– DOHMH Fit Kids Event

October 21, 2017– Harlem Grown Volunteer Day

December 5, 2016– NYC Food Groups Meet and Greet!


Stay tuned for more!

Past Events

2014-2015 FPOP Events

February 3, 2015 – Obesity Prevention Initiative Brown Bag Lunch

March 3, 2015 – FPOP General Body Meeting

March 7, 2015 – LiveStream of TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

March 28, 2015 – Harlem Grown Volunteer Day

April 1, 2015 – Dr. Marion Nestle, Grand Round Lecture

April 6, 2015 – “Mailman Moves Mixer” with Dean Fried, FPOP, and OSA

April 6-10, 2015 – “Mailman Moves: A Week of Physical Activity & Healthy Eating with FPOP”

April 11, 2015 – City Harvest Volunteer Opportunity

2011-2012 FPOP Events

Food Justice in Urban Settings Luncheon
April 24, 2012
Hess Commons, Rosenfield Building, CUMC
Co-Sponsors: Black Latino Student Caucus (BLSC), Students for Environmental Action (SEA)
A discussion on urban farming, food justice and security in disproportionately impacted communities of color. A local organization speaks about its efforts to develop local sustainable food systems, and how you can get involved.

  • Dennis Derryck, Director of Professional Practice at The New School;  Founder & President of Corbin Hill Road Farms
  • Raymond Figueroa, Director of Social-Ecological Community Development Projects, Friends of Brook Park

Food Stamps and the Fight Against Obesity
April 19, 2012
8th Floor Auditorium, Rosenfield Building, CUMC
Co-Sponsors: Mailman School of Public Health, Office of Communications
Should SNAP in New York City be authorized a waiver by USDA to ban the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages using food stamps?  A multi-disciplinary panel, including Mark Bittman and Professor Clare Wang, looked at the complicated reality of obesity, poverty, and policy in New York City.

  • Moderated by Dr. Linda Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist and bestselling author
  • Edward Cooney, JD, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center
  • Gary Jenkins, Associate Deputy Commissioner, New York City Human Resources Administration
  • Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Concluding remarks by Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, Commissioner, New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene

Cook4Health Demo & Apple Pusher’s CUMC Premiere
April 17, 2012
Lower Level 107, Hammer Health Sciences Center, CUMC
FPOP E-board members, Lisa Cole and Chris Philippou, prepared “Zucchini Spirals topped with Creamy Cashew Sauce or Mango Pico de Gallo”, a raw food dish, while teaching students about the good and bad of raw food.  Food demo was followed by a screening of “Apple Pushers,” an award-winning documentary about the immigrant street vendors rolling fresh produce into some of NYC’s poorest neighborhoods.

UnitedHealthcare’s Childhood Obesity Initiative
April 3, 2012
Uris 331, Morningside Campus
Co-Sponsored with Columbia Business School Healthcare Industry Association (HCIA)
A talk with Tom Beauregard about current research studies at UnitedHealth Group in relation to obesity and type II diabetes mellitus, which included a discussion about the recent success of UnitedHealth’s family-based pilot workplace-wellness program JOIN.

  • Tom Beauregard, Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group, Executive Director of the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization

Teen Battle Chef with Dr. Oz
February 23, 2012
Riverview Lounge, 4th Floor, Hammer Health Sciences Center, CUMC
Co-Sponsored with HealthCorps & USANA Health Sciences
FPOP hosts Teen Battle Chef, a program offered by HealthCorps that empowers teenagers by teaching them cooking skills and providing them with valuable nutrition information in a fun and experiential way. Two teams of four students cooked up some delicious dishes for the prestigious judges, including Dr. Oz. Various media outlets attended. Judges:

  • Mehmet Oz, MD, Co-founder and chairman of HealthCorps; Professor, Department of Surgery at Columbia University
  • Lisa Oz, Co-founder of Health Corps
  • Myron Wentz, MD, Founder of USANA
  • David Wentz, CEO of USANA
  • Rocco DiSpirito, Award Winning Chef
  • Michael Ferraro, Executive Chef at Delicatessen

Intelligence Squared Debate: Obesity Is the Government’s Business
February 7, 2012
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University
FPOP secured a block of discounted tickets and took Mailman School of Public Health students to this event. As obesity rates and associated costs continue to soar, experts on public health and the free market system debate whether the government should intervene, or if it is a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility.

  • David Satcher, MD, former U.S. surgeon general (for)
  • Pamela Peeke, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent, Discovery Health TV (for)
  • John Stossel, FOX Business News Anchor & Commentator (against)
  • Paul Campos, JD, Law professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, author of The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health (against)

Viewing Party for TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat
January 21, 2012
Hess Commons, Rosenfield Building, CUMC
Live streaming webcast of TEDx distinguished food and farming experts explaining the current state of our food system, the impact on our bodies and our future, and what is being done to fight back.

2010-2011 FPOP Events

Clinton Global Initiative Conference in San Diego
April 1-3, 2011
University of California – San Diego, La Jolla, CA
As part of our Cook4Health initiative, FPOP was invited to attend the CGIU conference in San Diego to promote social entrepreneurship.

Cook4Health Workshop: Teaching Doctors About Food
March 31, 2011
Farrell Community Health Center – Washington Heights
Co-Sponsored with Department of Family Medicine – NY Presbyterian Hospital
Food and health are inextricably interlinked, and yet health care providers know surprisingly little about food.  This was the first in a series of FPOP-led cooking and nutrition workshops aimed at showcasing to medical residents how healthy cooking can be integrated into patients’ prescriptive regimines. The leaders of the cooking and nutrition demonstration were FPOP Co-Presidents Carlye Burd & Mariana Cotlear.

The Minority Health Forum: A Citywide Assessment of Obesity in Minority Populations
March 24, 2011
Alumni Auditorium, Black Building, 650 W. 168th Street
Co-Sponsored with Future Healthcare Leaders (FHL), Black and Latino Student Caucus (BLSC), P&S Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), P&S Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO)
A diverse group of expert panelists contribute to a citywide assessment of obesity in minority populations, critically examining the socioeconomic and political structures that mediate these health disparities.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President

Speaker Panel:

  • Cathy Nonas, Director of Physical Activity and Nutrition, New York City Department of Health
  • Michael Hernandez, Community Outreach Manager, Healthy Mondays Campaign and the Harlem Health Promotion Center
  • Dr. Olajide Williams, M.D., Founder, Harlem Hip Hop Public Health Education Center

Moderated by:

  • April Velasco, PhD, Acting Regional Health Administrator, Region II (NJ, NY, PR, USVI), US Department of Health and Human Services

TEDxManhattan Viewing Party with NYCFoodEDU
February 12, 2011
Kimmell Center – New York University
Co-Sponsored with FoodEDU: NYC Food Collaborative
FPOP members and NYCFoodEDU colleagues watched the food experts at “TedX: Changing the Way We Eat” discuss issues related to food access, sustainability, and promoting healthier eating.

Changing Policy to Improve the Food Environment
February 9, 2011
Lower Level 107, Hammer Health Sciences Center
701 W. 168th Street, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Kristen explained how to influence lawmakers to change policy, as a food policy expert shares her first-hand experience in building the NYC Alliance for Child Nutrition Reauthorization: gathering stakeholders, priority setting, messaging to public and policymakers, maintaining momentum, and effectively changing legislation.


  • Kristen Mancinelli, Senior Manager of Policy and Government Relations at City Harvest

CookShop Volunteer Training
January 30, 2011
New York University
Train to become a volunteer for CookShop, the Food Bank For New York City’s federally-funded nutrition education program which gives low-income children, teens and adults the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a healthy diet on a limited budget.

NYCFoodEDU Collaborative Kick-off
December 1, 2010
Jimmy No. 43’s
Co-Sponsored with NYU Wagner, New School, Hunter College, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
We are proud to be a founding member of the newly established NYC Student Food Collaborative, a collective of graduate students from academic programs throughout NYC focused on food policy initiatives. The group is simple in mission: NYCFoodEDU seeks to connect students throughout NYC’s 5 boroughs to encourage change at a greater, city-wide level and to provide networking opportunities. The collaborative will meet periodically through happy hours around the city to provide a space for such connections.

The Role of Chefs in The Food Fight
November 10, 2010
Hess Commons
Chef Telepan spoke about his work with Wellness in the Schools and the role chefs and the food community can play in improving the eating habits of Americans.

  • Bill Telepan, Chef, Wellness in the Schools

Perspectives on the Soda Tax
November 3, 2010
Hammer Health Sciences – 3rd Fl
Dr. Claire Wang discussed food and beverage taxes in light of her recent research on soda taxes.  Dr. Wang research uses mathematical models to integrate epidemiology and demography to inform policy-making in population health.

  • Dr. Claire Wang, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Round Table Discussion: Perspectives on Obesity and the Food System
October 13, 2010
Hess Commons
Dr. Andrew Rundle and Dr. Sally Lederman discussed the environmental and genetic underpinnings of obesity and diet-related disease, and the role of breastfeeding and other epigenetic factors that mediate the gene-environmental relationship.


    • Dr. Andrew Rundle, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    • Dr. Sally Lederman, Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition

First FPOP Student Meeting
September 15, 2010
Hess Commons
Co-founders, Mariana Cotlear & Carlye Burd convened a diverse group of students from Mailman and the Institute of Human Nutrition to discuss the group’s mission, gather input from prospective FPOP membership on the group’s objectives and future events.


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