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Columbia: Lecturer Mark Bittman Nominated for Prestigious James Beard Award

Bestselling author and former New York Times columnist Mr. Mark Bittman is nominated for a 2019 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in Health and Wellness for his articles:

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right” and “The Last Conversation You’ll Need to Have on Eating Right: The Follow-ups” published in New York Magazine / Grub Street. Mr. Bittman is a lecturer at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

In the article, Mr. Bittman and his co-author Dr. David L. Katz offer readers the opportunity to ask anything about diet and nutrition and provide answers grounded in scientific consensus. The goal is to cut through the noise and help everyone see how simple it is to eat well.

Says Mr. Bittman, “Our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things. Now, we’re the only species that can be baffled about the ‘right’ way to eat. Eating well remains difficult not because it’s complicated but because the choices are hard even when they’re clear.” With that in mind, he says that for our health, the “best” diet is an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and plain water for thirst. “If you eat a balanced diet of real food, you don’t have to worry about much else. It’s really quite simple.”

At Columbia Mr. Bittman hosts a lecture series on the food justice movement and what it means for public health. Open to the public, guest speakers include food experts, labor advocates, and environmental activists who explore the impact of health disparities, nutrition, and climate change on our food security and supply.