The mission of the MMC is to enhance and promote health and wellbeing through research and education in the fields of nutrition and food science.
Marilyn Magaram Center Vision
The MMC will be a recognized Center of Excellence in research and education in the fields of food science and nutrition in the global community.
Working under the auspices of the CSUN Values Statement, which seeks Alliances with the Community, and the Center for Community Engagement, this project aimed to confront childhood obesity, which is prevalent in the low income, predominantly Latino community of Van Nuys – a small suburb of Los Angeles, California.
Van Nuys currently suffers from a childhood obesity rate of 29%. This rate ranks amongst the highest in the Los Angeles County. The goal of this project was to reduce the obesity rate to 9% by the end of 2013.
In order to accomplish this goal the Principal Investigators of this project, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Northridge Hospital Center for Healthier Communities, implemented a multi-component, comprehensive intervention at three Van Nuys Elementary Schools: Cohasset Elementary, Anatola Elementary and Gault Elementary.
The project intended to improve physical fitness education through training and lesson plan development, the promotion of physical activity during recess and lunch time and improving the healthy eating behavior of the students through Nutrition and Garden Education.
Faculty members from the departments of Kinesiology, Health Science and Nutrition at California State University, Northridge with the help of 260 students carried out the goals proposed by the project.
This project reached over 2,500 children within the Van Nuys community and their parents. Additionally, this project advanced the Housing and Urban Development Department’s Strategic Plan to invest in building sustainable communities.
USDA - NIFA
The USDA-NIFA grant seeks to accomplish the following goals:
To increase the enrollment of Hispanic graduate nutrition science students
Facilitate outreach efforts about graduate academic programs and careers in nutrition science.
Award Hispanic students intending to apply to graduate programs in nutrition science subsidies to take the graduate record exam.
To increase the two year graduation rate of Hispanic graduate nutrition science students
Award tuition scholarships to Hispanic graduate nutrition science students
Engage Hispanic graduate nutrition science students in a lactation education practicum experience
To increase the professional competencies of Hispanic graduate nutrition science students in the area of lactation education
Develop and offer graduate Nutrition Science students a course in lactation education.
Develop and offer a lactation education practicum experience for Hispanic graduate nutrition science students.
Develop and issue a university certificate of course completion to students completing the lactation education course.
Breastfeeding Affinity Group
Nutrition and Body Composition Athletics Project
Whole Kids Foundation Grant
The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification is a food safety management training and certificate program. You can read more about the ServSafe® certification here: http://www.servsafe.com/manager/food-safety-training-and-certification
The Marilyn Magaram Center offers the ServSafe® training and exam to all CSUN students, faculty and staff as well as to the larger community.
Some food industry employers are requiring ServSafe® certification from their employees. Make yourself a more marketable candidate by taking the ServSafe® certification course through the Marilyn Magaram Center.
Professional Experience Program
The goal of the MMC Professional Experience Program is to provide “real-world” experiences for future nutrition professionals so that they may gain knowledge and practice skills. These experiences are designed to expose the student to a myriad of professional issues that are not often taught in a classroom. These include practical application of skills and knowledge, evaluation and feedback processes, interpersonal, interdisciplinary and mentoring relationships as well as general work habits. Through undergraduate professional experiences, students are better prepared to enter into, function and succeed as viable members of the workforce providing service and education to those in need. Further, the internship programs fulfill the mission of the Magaram Center by providing valuable nutrition services to the community.
Community Supported Agriculture
CSUN now offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program to all faculty, staff and students! CSA boxes from Underwood Farms in Moorpark will be delivered to CSUN every Tuesday. Participants will be required to pick up their boxes between 3:30 and 5:30PM on the east side of the Matador Bookstore, located on Lindley Ave. and have the option to sign up for monthly, quarterly, or annual memberships!