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Fern Gale Estrow

Director of Dietetic Internship Program at Queens College

Greater New York City Area
Health, Wellness and Fitness
  1. Queens College,
  2. FGE Food & Nutrition Team
  1. Office of Dr. Nicholas Mezitis, Endocrinologist,
  2. Carnegie Hall for Highly Eventful,
  3. Shearson, Lehman, Hutton, Inc.
  1. Teachers College of Columbia University
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Queens College

Queens College

Director of Dietetic Internship Program

– Present

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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.

Specialties:*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


Director of Dietetic Internship Program

Queens College
– Present (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
– Present (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
(5 years 1 month)

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

Food Service Director

Carnegie Hall for Highly Eventful
(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.
(9 months)

Responsible for national food operations of international financial institution.

Food Service Manager

Corporate Food Services
(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

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Preceptor of the Year

American Dietetic Association

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

Excellence in Legislation Advocacy Award

New York State Dietetic Association

Recognizing long standing commitment to public policy advocacy.

Hunger and Malnutrition Award

Hunger and EnvironmentalPractice Group of the American Dietetic Association

Emerging Dietetic Leader

New York State Dietetic Association

President’s Award Society for Nutrition Education

Society for Nutrition Education

Additional Honors & 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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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

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