Associate Professor, Nutrition, FoodSci & Packaging
Professor/Academic, College of AS&A - Foundation
Additional Contact Information
Spring 2012: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:00; Monday 11:30-1:45 or by appointment
MS advising: by appointment
VOTE FOR MY VIDEO and send me to the White House. My students and I are working at Most Holy Trinity Church and a video showcasing our work has been entered into the Michelle Obama Faith and Communities Let's Move Video Challenge. We're showcasing how we are fighting childhood obesity. You can vote daily from now until May 11th. Help send SJSU and MHT to the White House! Share with all your friends. The link is at the bottom of this page.
I've been at SJSU for 7 years and am working to make San Jose State and Santa Clara County the healthiest in the region! In addition to teaching, I have conducted research in the area of environmental correlates of obesity, nutrition labeling, portion sizes, community nutrition and nutrition education. Please see the link at the top of the page for a list of my publications.
I am also interested in nutrition policy and worked with former San Jose City Councilmember Ken Yeager to make San Jose the first city to require 100% healthy vending in all City of San Jose library vending machines. This was followed by a policy requiring all city vending machines to have at least 50% healthy items. I have continued to work with Ken (who is now on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors) on menu labeling, toy-ban, and bringing a CSA to County Employees. Santa Clara county was the first county in the country to institute menu labeling, which was incorporated into the Health Care Act of 2010, and the first county in the country to institute a ban on provision of toys with meals that fail to meet nutritional guidelines. As goes Santa Clara County, so goes California; as goes California, so goes the US!
My goal is to make San Jose State a "healthy" campus. With funding from Kaiser Permanente, I started the Spartan Smart Cart and a CSA program on campus. For more information about the CSA program (or to join) please see JP Organics website.
Marjorie Freedman, MS, PhD, has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at San Jose State University. She received her degrees from UC Davis, and has worked in the field of nutrition for over 25 years. Prior to coming to SJSU, Dr. Freedman had experience working in the food industry, for a non-profit educational company, as a nutrition consultant for private organizations and individuals.
As Manager, Scientific Affairs, for The NutraSweet Company, Freedman traveled throughout the US and abroad educating health care professionals about the safety and benefits of the high-intensity sweetener NutraSweet (aspartame). As the VP of Education for INR, a non-profit scientific organization dedicated to education in the fields of health and nutrition, she prepared curriculum on a wide variety of topics, including weight loss, obesity, diabetes, performance nutrition, memory and cognition, cardiovascular health, alternative medicine, mental health, and women's health. Freedman presented over 650 seminars to health care professionals throughout the United States and Canada on these and other topics. As a nutrition consultant, Freedman provided expertise to Shape Up America!, The Kellogg Company, The McDonalds Corp., Murdoch books, and the USDA. She authored the review "Popular Diets: A Scientific Review" and was on the faculty of the American Dietetic Association's Weight Management Certification Program.
As a parent volunteer, Freedman spearheaded the effort to remove junk food from her daughter's middle school in San Jose, prior to California legislation requiring such removal (click here for the article in the Mercury News). She served on the San Jose Unified School District's SHAPE committee, the Santa Clara County Office of Education's Fit for Learning Task Force and was on the Steering Committee for Healthy Silicon Valley. She is currently a Health Commissioner for Santa Clara County. Freedman works actively to change public policy, and worked with then councilmember Ken Yeager on 100% healthy vending machine policies in city of San Jose libraries and 50% healthy vending policies in the city of San Jose. She testified in favor of the ordinance banning on toys with unhealthy meals in Santa Clara County. Dr. Freedman conducts research in the area of nutrition education, environmental correlates of obesity, and sustainability. She runs the “Spartan Smart Cart”, which aims to increase access to fresh produce at SJSU, and coordinates the CSA program on campus.