What is EatWell?

EatWell strives to enhance nutrition education, increase access and availability of healthy foods and beverages on campus, and support innovative projects such as thematic gardens on campus to help reach our positive nutrition goals. By bringing together the diverse  perspectives of interested students, staff, faculty, and administrators responsible for teaching about, advocating for, growing and the sale and distribution of food on campus, we hope to help make the healthy choice the easy choice at UCLA.

Have a question, concern, or an idea? We would like to hear about it!

Email us at: EatWell@ucla.edu

EatWell Leadership

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Amy Rowat, Ph.D.

Amy Rowat is an Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Broad Stem Cell Research Center, Bioengineering Department, Center for Biological Physics, and Business of Science Center. Rowat holds degrees from Mount Allison University (B.Sc. Honours Physics, 1998; B.A. Asian Studies, French, & Math, 1999), the Technical University of Denmark (M.Sc. Chemistry, 2000), and the University of Southern Denmark (Ph.D. Physics, 2005). She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics/ Division of Engineering & Applied Science, Harvard University as well as Brigham Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, such as the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER development award, and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and 4 patents. In addition to her commitment to research, Rowat has also pioneered the use of examples from food and cooking as vehicles for teaching sophisticated physics concepts to a general audience. She is founder and director of Science & Food, an organization based at UCLA that promotes knowledge of science through food and food through science. Rowat is also the leader of the EatWell Pod of the UCLA Semel Healthy Campus Initiative.

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Pete Angelis

Pete Angelis is Assistant Vice Chancellor of UCLA Housing & Hospitality (H&H) and has served in his current position since 2007. The H&H operation houses almost 20,000 students, faculty and staff and serves roughly 32,000 meals daily. The hospitality division of H&H includes the recently opened 4 star Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA Guest House and Lake Arrowhead Conference Center & Bruin Woods Family Resort. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Pete worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years with industry leaders such as Hyatt Corporation and Hilton Worldwide Hotels. Pete received his B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and completed the Executive Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Pete actively serves a number of Health and Sustainability organizations including UCLA’s Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Steering Committee (and co-leader of the EatWell Pod), Campus Sustainability Committee, Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) Leadership Council and Senior University Administrators Committee. He also serves as board member of the International Association of Conference Centers.

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Lauren Hiller

Lauren Hiller (they/she/he) is a Master in Urban and Regional Planning candidate at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and graduate student researcher for Semel Healthy Campus Initiative’s EatWell pod. Before joining the UCLA community, she supported anti-eviction casework at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco and has been deeply involved with community development programs in Chinatown. Their current research focuses on anti-displacement strategies and food security issues for communities of color in Los Angeles.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in Regional Studies – Asia from Georgetown University, where they were heavily involved in organizing Asian-Pacific Islander students and coalition-building among students of color. In Washington D.C., she worked at Georgetown University’s Health Education Services to develop programming and campaigns to promote wellness on campus.

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Katie Oliveira

Katie Oliveira (she/her) is a UCLA senior studying Communication and Food Studies and the Undergraduate Pod Assistant (UPA) for EatWell. She has a deep running passion for food and it’s intersections with our societal and planetary health and hopes to continue working in the food justice movement post-grad. Outside of EatWell, Katie serves as a co-director for the UCLA Farmers’ Market and a part time presenter for the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, bringing food education to other folks, young, old, and all in between. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, exploring California as an out-of-state student, and trying to convince her roommates to let her adopt a cat.