Entries by ASN Blogger

Health Professionals Need More Nutrition Education. How Can We Deliver?

By Allison Dostal, PhD It’s not a revelation that most Americans would benefit from increased nutrition education and guidance. Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 show that 64% of Americans are overweight or obese – a number that’s held steady over the past few decades – and that nearly 40% […]

The complexity and mystery of linear growth

Student Blogger for Global Nutrition Council at ASN’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at EB 2016 By: Sheela Sinharoy, MPH A symposium called Biology of Linear Growth on Tuesday examined linear growth from the molecular to the population level, bringing perspectives from biology, physical anthropology, nutrition, and epidemiology Are you familiar with the process of […]

Designing interventions to achieve impact

Student Blogger for Global Nutrition Council at ASN’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at EB 2016 By: Sheela Sinharoy, MPH A symposium titled Program Effectiveness for Addressing Undernutrition during the First 1,000 Days provided attendees with examples of programs in Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Burundi. In Bangladesh, the Rang-Din Nutrition Study tested lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS) […]

Influences on nutrition at the individual, household, and national level

Student Blogger for Global Nutrition Council at ASN’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at EB 2016 By: Sheela Sinharoy, MPH Many factors can influence the success of a project, from the individual to the institutional level. Presenters at the minisymposium on Global Nutrition: Nutrition-Sensitive Programs shared results from studies at a variety of levels. At […]

The French Brown Bag

By Emily Roberts The American Cafeteria The quality, cost and nutritional adequacy of school lunches have been an ongoing hot bed for debate in our country. The National School Lunch Program has been enact since 1946 and provides lunches to many children of the public school system in the United States (1). The Healthy, Hunger-Free […]

Moving toward a holistic model of woman-centered antenatal care

By: Sheela Sinharoy, MPH Sunday began with a symposium titled, Delivering Nutrition Interventions to Women during Pregnancy: Beyond Individual Interventions to Comprehensive Antenatal Guidelines and Care. A series of speakers made clear that as antenatal care (ANC) models continue to evolve, there is plenty of room for improvement to provide a positive pregnancy experience for […]

The Folate Fortification Story – How we fixed one problem…but may have created another

By: Mary Scourboutakos Neural tube defects are a type of birth defect—affecting the brain, spine or spinal cord—that result from suboptimal folate status. Folate is a B vitamin that’s naturally found in legumes (like chickpeas, lentils, pinto and kidney beans), seeds, leafy greens (like spinach, collard greens and romaine lettuce) and other vegetables such as […]

Is January 1 the best date to kick-start a weight loss diet?

By: Hassan S Dashti, PhD The most popular New Years resolution by far is weight loss. People kick-start their new year on new ‘detox’ or fad diets with hopes to lose some weight or, less commonly, to adopt a healthy lifestyle, only to quit a few months later. Traffic to websites like caloriecounter.com and weightwaterchers.com […]