Impact Stories: Blake Roberts

Dear Friedman School Donors,

Nutrition is a complex problem, and we cannot expect a simple solution. Any equitable and sustainableBlakeR1 solution will likely necessitate a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral approach. This is one reason why the Friedman School is so special, and what drew me to the school in the first place. From the beginning of my relationship with Friedman School, the emphasis placed on interdisciplinary education was obvious. Nowhere else would I be exposed to the full gamut of policy and science viewpoints within the nutrition field, and nowhere else would I find such a high level of dedication to interdisciplinary solutions.

One of the most valuable aspects of my Friedman experience has been the exposure to a diverse array of nutrition frameworks. I have gained an in-depth understanding of policies and programs, ranging in scope from the individual level and the community level, to the national and international level. For example, this semester alone I have explored theories of behavior change for one-on-one counseling, economic models of consumer choice, and federal policy interventions targeted to address large-scale public health concerns. Friedman’s unique combination of perspectives have encouraged me to be insightful and creative in my studies, and I know this will make me a more successful professional down the road. Upon graduation, I hope to use this knowledge to design and implement nutrition programs that focus on income inequality and public health disparities.

BlakeR3I am also particularly grateful for the opportunity to pursue dual degrees with the Friedman School and the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning department in the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The combination has allowed me to dive even deeper into the exploration of urban planning and community development within a nutrition context, and this unique opportunity would not have been possible without the support of Friedman School donors. Thank you for your generous support.

My time so far at the Friedman School has been challenging and rigorous, but also hugely rewarding and stimulating. Inspired by my professors and fellow students working towards a common goal, my education at Tufts and the Friedman School has made me proud to be a part of the nutrition world. I am eager to begin a lifelong career in nutrition policy that continues the spirit of interdisciplinary discourse and commitment to just, sustainable solutions.

Blake Roberts
M.S./M.A. Candidate, 2013
Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy
Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning: Graduate School of Arts & Sciences