A few minutes of cruising the Internet can lead consumers to wild, too-good-to-be-true claims about nutrition and health. How can health professionals be more effective at guiding consumers away from inaccurate claims to information that research has shown works?
That is the question addressed during a session sponsored by Dairy Council of California, during the California Dietetic Association annual meeting in Pomona, California last week.
Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) have extensive knowledge to share with consumers but just having accurate information does not make someone influential. RDNs attending the session learned skills to overcome assertions rooted in fads or opinion instead of scientific fact.
During the session, Dr. Robert Gass, Professor of Communications at California State University Fullerton shared his expertise in argumentation, persuasion and social influence. He taught dietitians specific skills to influence and persuade professional colleagues, clients, friends and family to embrace consensus science and research-based dietary recommendations
He was joined by Ashley Rosales, R.D.N. As Manager or Policy & Opinion Leader Relations at Dairy Council of CA, Ashley helped attendees learn how to combat nutrition assertions rooted in opinion instead of science-based facts. As a dietitian herself, she felt this training is essential in helping RDN’s find unique ways to be heard over all of the white noise in the health and wellness environment.
Dairy Council of CA is also doing our part to keep nutrition consensus science, and specifically milk and dairy’s essential role in healthy eating patterns, at the forefront over the misconceptions that abound. That is why we have created our Scientific Research page to help factually answer the many questions that arise about milk and its health benefits.
It’s critical to help other health professionals think of nutrition in a broader sense, instead of being led astray by recommendations and messages that are either not valid, are overly simplistic or cause unintended consequences.
No matter how you slice it, your family will say “grilled cheese please” all week long with healthy recipes from Dairy Council of California.
Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you get cooking with your kids!
Red, White and Green Grilled Cheese from Keep the Beat™, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health.
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