An apple a day, if this doc-to-be has her way
Gayatri Malhotra-Gupta of Forest Hills, a fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, just won a prestigious award for her work educating homeless families in Queens about proper nutrition and health monitoring — and her research on the results.
Malhotra-Gupta said her research grew out of her community service work and interest in studying the need for nutrition education in homeless shelters and whether they have a long-term impact. Fifty women and children living in a shelter in Astoria participated in the project, which she did in conjunction with the Global Physicians Network Foundation.
“I wanted to see whether it would make a difference,” said Malhotra-Gupta. “A lot of the participants were never screened for diabetes though they were overweight and had risk factors. We educated them and showed them how to build a healthy food plate.”