RDs use social media to promote business, nutrition | Tenn. city addresses root causes of local food deserts | RD offers tips for keeping weight-loss plans on track
October 2, 2015
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RDs use social media to promote business, nutrition
Many registered dietitians use social media to promote their business and science-based nutrition education, and they find different venues, such as Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook, fit with different types of messaging and information. Registered dietitian nutritionist Amber Pankonin said social media is a good way to build professional relationships but before RDs repost or share articles, they should read them to ensure the information is correct and based on science. Today's Dietitian (10/2015)
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Dietary Health
Tenn. city addresses root causes of local food deserts
Chattanooga, Tenn., groups such as the YMCA help bring fresh fruits and vegetables to food-desert neighborhoods, but advocates say more needs to be done to improve nutrition in these areas. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is teaching children about healthy food choices and the local health department has provided funds for community gardens. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (10/2)
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Science & Research
Self-control may affect efficacy of nutrition labels, research shows
Traffic-light and numeric nutrition labels can help people make healthier food choices but personal self-control also can be a factor in whether the interventions are effective, according to research in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. FoodNavigator (9/30)
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Type 2 diabetes risk starts in infancy in South Asians, study finds
A Canadian study in the International Journal of Obesity found babies born to South Asian women had more adipose tissue and a higher waist circumference, known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, compared with children of white Caucasian women. South Asian pregnant women should control their weight gain during pregnancy and work to minimize their risk of gestational diabetes to reduce the risk of diabetes in their children, researchers advised. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (9/30)
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Social media use may affect teens' nutrition choices
Increased use of social media among middle- and high-school students may be negatively impacting their nutritional choices, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Researchers found that students who spent more time on social media were more likely to skip breakfast and to drink soda and energy drinks than those who spent less time on social media. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/30)
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Study: Probiotics may help reduce post-transplant infection
Patients who received enteric nutrition, probiotics and fiber before a liver transplant had lower infection rates afterward, compared with those only getting enteric nutrition and fiber, according to Medical College of Wisconsin researchers. The study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology also found patients getting probiotics had shorter ICU stays and antibiotic usage. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (10/1)
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Outdoors running games add variety to fall workouts
Add some variety to a running workout this fall using pumpkin relays, scavenger hunts and the fartlek, a Swedish term for speed play that takes place in a wooded area, says running coach Joe English. Prediction runs can help people prepare for an upcoming race, and continuous relays that include covered bleachers or picnic shelters can be used when autumn weather does not cooperate, English said. U.S. News & World Report (10/1)
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Institutional Foodservice
N.Y. schools pilot local food program
Ten schools in a New York district are participating in a pilot program in which food from local farms and suppliers are served in cafeterias. Officials say students appear to be enjoying the meals, which include year-round foods, plus seasonal items such as kale and strawberries. WBFO-FM (Buffalo, N.Y.) (10/1)
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Recipe of the Day
Kale and apple cake
This nutrition-loaded green cake is topped with an apple icing. Veggie Desserts
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Food For Thought
Social media is a phenomenal way to communicate nutrition information directly to the people you want to read it."
-- RDN Angela Lemond, as quoted by Today's Dietitian
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