Create Awareness During National Nutrition Month® in March

by Sandy Todd Webster on Feb 01, 2013

Food for Thought

You deliver the best physical conditioning you possibly can to your clients, but how are you helping them with nutrition—perhaps the most confounding part of a balanced wellness profile?

Take some time now to develop a strategy for emphasizing food education next month during the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month. The theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles (based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommendations and MyPlate messages) and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns all impact individual food choices.

Registered dietitians can play an important role in helping people eat right. Make a concerted effort to identify a few dietitians who fit your philosophy, and solidify your referral relationship with them as your partners in client education. Why not invite a local RD to come and present to your clients on “Healthy Recipes for Busy Families” or “Powerful, Healthy Snack Ideas”? Start crosstalk to bridge the gap in your scope of practice and to maximize the professional resources you can offer your clients. It’s a natural opportunity for referrals—for both professions.

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.