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Social Media and Nutrition

Social Media and Nutrition

Social media is a convenient way of accessing and sharing nutrition related information. Facebook, twitter, and smartphone “apps” are just a few of the many avenues of online expression. With such a variety of sources providing open access to the public, it is important to recognize which sources provide credible information. Below are some suggestions on how to navigate the nutrition network.

To ensure accurate nutrition information on Facebook and Twitter, look for profiles of Registered Dietitians (RDs) or nutrition organizations such as Eat Right Nutrition. Both provide healthy eating tips and articles from RDs.

On the RU Healthy Dining Team Facebook and Twitter (@RUHDT) pages, you can find our weekly newsletters, healthy dining hall suggestions, and monthly promos. We base all of our nutrition information on scientific information relevant to the college-aged population.

There are thousands of apps available to help manage your health. When selecting which apps to download, it is important to recognize the difference between facts and trends.FoodFacts, Juice, and eaTipster are popular free apps recommended by RDs due to their scientific and evidence based information. Is My Food Safe? and NutriGuides are also two useful food safety and nutrition apps created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

From now until May 3rd, if you go “like” the RU Healthy Dining Team Facebook page, you will be entered in a drawing to win an RU Express Card!

Before you like, tweet, or post be sure to trust your host!

Author: Alexa Essenfeld                              Reviewed by: Peggy Policastro, MS, RD
References: Apple Phytochemicals and Their Health Benefts.  Available at: http://www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=6442467041#.UUkmXKWMJ0o. Accessed on: March 19, 2013. Food and Nutrition Magazine App Review. Available at: http://foodandnutritionmag.org/resources/app-reviews. Accessed on: March 20, 2013.

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