Got Milk? What Kind?

Last night I went to Trader Joe’s to buy milk. Sounds like a simple task, right? Wrong. This was me when I got to the milk aisle: There were so many options, I didn’t know where to start. Soy? I hear that’s good for you. Almond? That sounds delicious. Coconut? Will it make my skin [...]

Bringing Data to Life: How to communicate food & nutrition research to gain media attention

Co-authored by Joanne Tehrani, RD As marketers of food and beverage products, we often have the privilege of communicating newly published research with implications in consumer health and nutrition. When the research is sound, and the messaging effective, this can make a major impact on awareness and behavior. Look at blueberries –awareness of their health [...]

So You Want to Be an RD?

The field of nutrition is rising in popularity and it’s about time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese (35.7%) and obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are leading causes of preventable death. The [...]

Five Instagram Secrets for Health Brands

I don’t need to explain the “awesomeness” that is Instagram, the photo app that essentially blew up overnight and now boasts over 100 million users. The app that first made its journey into the hands of the social media enthusiasts and the artsy photographer wannabes has quickly caught the attention of big brands. In fact, [...]

Moments of Health and Wellness Are Possible At Work… If You Stop to Recognize Them

By Ryan Lamont (@RyLamont) Before you read on, I want to warn you, this post is just as much about life as it is about public relations. And what I’m about to tell you is simple. For those two reasons, I think it’s worth sharing. I’m pretty sure we’d all agree that PR is a [...]

Nutrition Activism for Healthier Kids – Does it work?

By April Sciacchitano (@aprilcs)  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued millions in grant money to 25 states to fight obesity. While access and education are the typical weapons in the anti-obesity arsenal, some dollars are being applied to nutrition activism – essentially lobbying for policy changes around nutrition. Lobbying isn’t the intended [...]

What’s the Deal with Gluten-Free Foods?

By Joanne Tehrani, MPH, RD, CDN (@eatingdrinknyc) It is very likely that you or someone you know follows a gluten-free diet (GF), or that your local grocery store has started stocking a gluten-free section. Celebrities have even turned this way of eating in to a popular trend for weight loss. Based on my own knowledge as [...]

Mickey’s Nutrition Makeover

By Jason Stemm (@NYCubsFan As the senate prepares to debate a new farm bill and food advocates are clamoring for a larger piece of the pie to go to specialty crops (think sweet corn and blueberries) rather than commodity crops (think wheat and corn for processing), Walt Disney Co. made an announcement that will cause [...]

The Truth about the Cost of Eating Healthy

By Jason Stemm @NYCubsFan Two studies released this week examining the cost of healthy foods show the gap between perception and reality. ShopSmart magazine conducted a national poll of women about eating healthy. What they found is that 88% make excuses for not eating healthful foods, with cost (57%) topping the list. Then just yesterday, [...]

Are Twinkies the Next Tobacco?

By Jason Stemm (@NYCubsFan) What do Tony the Tiger and Joe Camel have in common? The question has been battled out in Washington over the last two years, under the radar of budget cuts and debt defaults. Millions of lobbying dollars have been spent by the food manufacturing industry to limit and even eliminate legislation [...]