Fern Gale Estrow

Fern Gale Estrow

Director of Dietetic Internship Program at Queens College

Greater New York City Area
Health, Wellness and Fitness

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Fern Gale Estrow's Overview

  • Director of Dietetic Internship Program at Queens College
  • Founder and Leader at FGE Food & Nutrition Team
  • Registered Dietitian at Office of Dr. Nicholas Mezitis, Endocrinologist
  • Food Service Director at Carnegie Hall for Highly Eventful
  • Assistant Vice President National Food Services at Shearson, Lehman, Hutton, Inc.
  • Food Service Manager at Corporate Food Services

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Fern Gale Estrow's Summary

A leader in her profession, public speaker and educator, Fern Gale Estrow, a Registered Dietitian, is a member of the faculty at Queens College of the City University of New York and founder of the FGE Food & Nutrition Team. She is the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program and Professor lecturing in the Department of Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. She and her company consult to agencies, organizations, educational institutions and communities. Work includes but is not limited to providing policy and program assessment, development, training, implementation, management and evaluation. Areas of focus include child nutrition, obesity, breastfeeding, nutrition education and counseling, case/data management, anti-poverty/hunger initiatives, media literacy, menu planning, food service management and food systems.

The FGE Team seeks to improve health and quality of life, with access to healthy food and safe water for all. A systems/team approach is employeed, working on policy and program across the life cycle. The intersection of health, nutrition education, agriculture, healthy food access, conservation, poverty and hunger are brought together to identify problems and solutions.


*Federal/State/NYC Food & Nutrition Content Expert on Head Start/Early Head Start, Child & Adult Care Food Program, WIC and Farmers Markets
*Infant and Child Nutrition Policy & Program Assessment, Design, Implementation and Evaluation
*Policy & program solutions to food access including but not limited to SNAP, TEFAP, Food Policy Councils/Networks and Hubs
*Intersection of Health and Agriculture Policy
*Impacts of Marketing and Media Literacy on Health
*Food Service Management

Fern Gale Estrow's Experience

Director of Dietetic Internship Program

Queens College

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2012Present (2 years 3 months) Dept. of Family, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, Remsen Hall, Room 306D 65-30

Higher Education in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics

Founder and Leader

FGE Food & Nutrition Team

January 1995Present (19 years 10 months)

• Content Expert for Head Start (HS), Early Head Start and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) re nutrition and physical activity
• Organize & advisory in NYC & State, NE Region and nation on omni-bus legislation including, Child Nutrition, Farm Bill, Head Start Re-authorization, Older Americans Act, along with state & city reports,bills and regulations e.g FoodWorks
• Nutrition Policy development with 14 HS and child care programs over past decade.
• 20 site systems design for nutrition component of on HS agency
• New York State WIC training design and implementation to address Low-Fat Milk Transition with staff, while reinforcing behaviorally focused, participant based Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment
• Evaluation of grantees of Community Food and Nutrition Program, Office of Community Services, Department of Health and Human Services, with emphasis on childhood and youth obesity, through grant to the American Dietetic Association Foundation.
• Network Coordinator for pilot project of focusing on the intersection between public health and agriculture policy with the objective of collaboration on future policy related issues such as child nutrition related policy initiatives.
• Implementation of a dual strategy program to prevent obesity in prenatal and post-partum women and their children. The intervention strategies : 1) to provide early and frequent encouragement and support to women around breastfeeding; and 2) to reinforce healthy implementation of a program to prevent obesity in prenatal and post-partum women and their eating messages
• Nutrition curriculum development fo family provider based childcare programs utilizing the CACFP component for licensed and unlicensed providers programs, along with implementation and maintenance
• Assessment and implementation addressing food access and nutrition education of older adults
• Location ID and support WIC/Senior Farmer’s Markets in East Harlem and Hunt’s Point

Registered Dietitian

Office of Dr. Nicholas Mezitis, Endocrinologist

April 1998April 2003 (5 years 1 month)

Worked with patients addressing conditions related to diabetes, thyroid,,obesity, general nutrition

Food Service Director

Carnegie Hall for Highly Eventful

September 1990August 1991 (1 year)

Oversight of all food service operations at landmark concert venue in New York City, inclusive of restaurant, bars and catering operation.

Assistant Vice President National Food Services

Shearson, Lehman, Hutton, Inc.

September 1988May 1989 (9 months)

Responsible for national food operations of international financial institution.

Food Service Manager

Corporate Food Services

19851988 (3 years)

Oversight of food operations for business and industry foodservice contractor at:
Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hayes and Handler - Law firm
Citibank - Investment Banking Division/Private Dining rooms
Newsweek - Magazine

Fern Gale Estrow's Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Preceptor of the Year

    American Dietetic Association
    • September 2011

    One of seven awardees identified preceptors who are exemplary educators and mentors.

  • Excellence in Legislation Advocacy Award

    New York State Dietetic Association
    • March 2011

    Recognizing long standing commitment to public policy advocacy.

  • Hunger and Malnutrition Award

    Hunger and EnvironmentalPractice Group of the American Dietetic Association
    • September 2005
  • Emerging Dietetic Leader

    New York State Dietetic Association
    • April 2004
  • President’s Award Society for Nutrition Education

    Society for Nutrition Education
    • July 2002

Fern Gale Estrow's Skills & Expertise

  1. Sustainable Agriculture
  2. intersection health and agriculture policy
  3. Public Health Policy
  4. Food Policy
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Public Health
  7. Food
  8. Leadership
  9. Community Outreach
  10. Non-profits
  11. Wellness
  12. Research
  13. Program Development
  14. Program Evaluation
  15. Qualitative Research
  16. Nutrition
  17. Teaching
  18. Event Planning
  19. Health Education
  20. Editing
  21. Health
  22. Nutrition Education
  23. Policy
  24. Marketing
  25. Nonprofits
  26. Community Development
  27. Health Promotion
  28. Healthcare
  29. Grants
  30. Policy Analysis
  31. Health Policy
  32. Dietetics
  33. Social Services
  34. Public Policy
  35. Clinical Nutrition
  36. Clinical Research
  37. Training
  38. Nutritional Counseling
  39. Medical Nutrition Therapy
  40. Cooking
  41. Psychotherapy
  42. Sports Nutrition
  43. Holistic Health
  44. Wellness Coaching
  45. Weight
  46. Lifestyle
  47. Corporations
  48. Program Management

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Fern Gale Estrow's Education

Teachers College of Columbia University

MA, Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Education and Dietetics


Minor in Counseling; Completed AP4 program/Dietetic Internship

State University of New York College at Buffalo

BA, Arts Management


Activities and Societies: Casting Hall - Campus Theatre Organization

Fern Gale Estrow's Additional Information


Networking and collaboration, public policy, regional food systems; poverty issues, environmental nutrition/nutritional ecology, health/agriculture policy intersection, strategic planning; children, older adults, gardening, home canning,cooking, wine, travel, visual and performing arts

Groups and Associations:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics -Dietetic Practice Groups - e.g.: o Healthy Aging o Hunger & Environmental Nutrition (Past Chair) o Nutrition & Dietetic Education Practitioners o Nutrition in Integrative & Functional Medicine o Vegetarian Nutrition o Weight Management o Women’s Health -Member Interest Groups - All e.g. o Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition o Nat'l. Organization of Blacks in Dietetics & Nutrition Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) Public Policy Comm Food Systems Network NYC ( FSNYC - formerly New York City Food Systems Network) - Chair (2004-2009), Leadership Comm (2009-2010), Advisory Comm (2011-present) New York City Nutrition Education Network (NYCNEN) Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) -Member, Advisory Committee on Public Policy, NANA Representative Marketing to Children Taskforce Advisory Committees: Kids Can Make a Difference, West Side Campaign Against Hunger, Food Systems Network NYC Board: Harvest Home Farmers Market

Honors and Awards:

2011 Preceptor of the Year, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Excellence in Legislative Advocacy Award, New York State Dietetic Association
2005 Hunger and Malnutrition Award – Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association
2004 Emerging Dietetic Leader– New York State Dietetic Association
2002 President’s Award of the Society for Nutrition Education

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