Arlene Spark earned two masters degrees and a doctorate in nutrition at Columbia University. She worked in pediatric preventive cardiology at the American Health Foundation and for more than 25 years has taught nutrition on the university level, including 12 years at New York Medical College. Since 1998, Dr. Spark has been an associate professor at Hunter College and coordinator of the college's nutrition programs. She is also acting co-director of the Program in Urban Public Health. Dr. Spark is a registered dietitian (RD) who was in the first cohort of RDs to become board certified as a specialist in pediatric nutrition. She was elected a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and of the American College of Nutrition. In 2007,CRC Press published her book — Nutrition in Public Health: Principles, Policies, and Practice. At the Graduate Center she teaches Food Politics and Policy and also Nutrition Education: Priorities, Programs and Practice, and advises students in the public health nutrition concentration in the doctoral program in public health.
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