|If you are looking for resources to add to your computer’s favorites list consider adding the newly redesigned American Dietetic Association website, http://www.eatright.org . The site has increased it’s the scientific-based information that is available to the public and health-care professionals. Jessie Pavlinac, ADA president, invites viewers to the site, “The new eatright.org contains beneficial, audience-specific information for the general public, dietetics students, media, health professionals and ADA members alike. Each section is tailored to its specific audience and aims to provide helpful, actionable advice in a clear concise manner.”
One of the website’s featured areas includes ADA Position and Practice Papers. An example of the content is the position paper, Nutrient Supplementation that was published in December 2009. The position abstract states:
It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that the best nutrition-based strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods. Additional nutrients from supplements can help some people meet their nutrition needs as specified by science-based nutrition standards such as the Dietary Reference Intakes. The use of dietary supplements in general, and nutrient supplements in particular, is prevalent and growing in the United States, with about one third of adults using a multivitamin and mineral supplement regularly. Consumers may not be well informed about the safety and efficacy of supplements and some may have difficulty interpreting product labels. The expertise of dietetics practitioners is needed to help educate consumers on the safe and appropriate selection and use of nutrient supplements to optimize health. Dietetics practitioners should position themselves as the first source of information on nutrient supplementation. To accomplish this, they must keep up to date on the efficacy and safety of nutrient supplements and the regulatory issues that affect the use of these products. This position paper aims to increase awareness of the current issues relevant to nutrient supplements and the resources available to assist dietetics practitioners in evaluating the potential benefits and adverse outcomes regarding their use.
Other sections of the website include videos highlighting all aspects of dietetics practice, information on dietetics education programs, consumer advice on maintaining a healthy weight and the prevention and management of chronic diseases including diabetes and cancer. Featured in the American Dietetic Association Foundation section is the Healthy Weight for Kids initiative that showcases the Healthy Schools Partnership and how ADA members are working with schools and physical activity experts to bring good nutrition messages to our nation’s children.
The ADA strategy for the website is to keep it updated on a regular basis. Daily health tips, press releases on monthly Journal articles and reviews of popular diet books are some of the information that is produced on an ongoing basis. The ADA looks forward to having you visit the website.
Submitted By: Karen Lechowich, MBA, RD, ICDA Representative for USA.