Welcome to The Well

Food Unearthed

From the Editors’ Desk

Welcome to The Well! We’re a nutritionist and a research scientist on a journey together to uncover more about our food system and how our food choices impact everything from our health to the environment. 

Alison Massey is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (CDCES), and freelance writer with 15+ years of experience in the nutrition field. She obtained her Nutrition Science Degree from Penn State University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Delaware.

Ari Pinkus is a seasoned writer, editor, and researcher currently with the American Communities Project, studying cultural and socioeconomic trends at the local level. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Penn State University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from New York University.

Here we’ll delve into some of our big questions about food, nutrition, and wellness. Don’t worry though, this newsletter isn’t going to be all serious food news because life is too short not to have some fun with food. 


Why The Well?

Photo by Francesca Minto on Unsplash

Wells have important historical significance as a meeting place and resource. As a noun, a well is typically defined as “a structure created in the ground by digging, driving or drilling to access liquid resources, typically water.” As an adjective, well can be used in many ways, including to indicate someone is free or recovered from disease or in satisfactory condition. All these meanings informed the title of this newsletter. We hope it will be a resource for you on your own path to wellness.


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We can’t wait to share our latest stories and videos with you. In the meantime, here are some recent stories from our desks:

Fun facts: Ari and Alison were next door neighbors at Penn State University. When Ari worked as a reporter for the campus paper, the Daily Collegian, she interviewed Alison for this article she wrote about dreams.