If you stopped by our booth at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ last week in Boston, you probably met me, hopefully before I started losing my voice from all the spirited conversations I had with many of you every day.
As the editorial assistant for Today’s Dietitian, I work behind the scenes most of the time; I don’t often get to see the impact our magazine has on the nutrition profession or interact with our readers. From the first day I spent behind the booth, I was floored by the positive feedback we received. Most of the time, our booth was swarmed with dietitian readers telling me how much they enjoy Today’s Dietitian magazine. It brings me joy to know that I contribute to a publication that’s useful, reliable, and fun to read.
I was also lucky enough to attend some of the educational sessions, the bread and butter of the conference. Admittedly, the most experience I’ve had with food science was writing my undergraduate literature thesis on alimentary symbolism a couple of years ago (they actually let me do that—thank you, liberal arts!). Nonetheless, I found the sessions interesting and relevant, and I learned a lot.
One session I found particularly timely was Think Before You Tweet: Keeping the Science in Nutrition Communications, presented by Cheryl Toner, MS, RDN, and Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, which instructed RDs on how to use Twitter and other social media outlets to effectively and ethically disseminate nutrition information and dispel myths. They discussed the unfortunate reality that all too often the loudest voices in nutrition are misinformed celebrities or money-hungry charlatans. This is something we all ought to be concerned about, regardless of our qualifications or field; but luckily, RDs have the education and training to combat inaccurate nutrition information directly through scientifically accurate and engaging messages for consumers.
So go back out there and keep fighting the good fight in what you do for your clients and patients every day. Then grab a cup of coffee or tea and meet us back here at the RD Lounge. We look forward to speaking with you!