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Twelve (Plus One) Thoughts From Our Nutrition-Themed Issue

Roy, Brad A. Ph.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000423
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  • 1. NUTRITION: A critical lifestyle component, but full of misinformation! There is no question that appropriate nutrition will have a significant impact on our health and well-being. And while the Internet provides a wealth of information, not all is supported by research, leading to much confusion. I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading through our themed issue on nutrition to gain insight into strategies you can apply with your clients, and even yourself!
  • 2. THANK YOU! A special shout out to Laura Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, who has served as the guest editor for this special nutrition edition. Laura has put together an exceptional group of feature writers and topics that are applicable across the health and fitness profession. So, thank you, Laura for your exceptional work and to all of your feature writers for putting together an outstanding group of articles!
  • 3. Keep the “silent killer” in check! Your client’s lifestyle has a significant influence on their blood pressure and long-term health and wellness. Associate Editor Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, reviews a few key lifestyle factors that influence blood pressure in this issue’s Wouldn’t You Like To Know column, “Lifestyle Modifications to Promote Healthy Blood Pressure.”
  • 4. Making the most of my aging body! While we can’t stop the aging process (darn!), we can delay its progression with a solid focus on nutrition and exercise. Christine Rosenbloom, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, reviews the aging process that your older adult athletes and clients are facing and provides some insightful information regarding their nutritional needs. I’m sure you will enjoy reading her feature article, “Food and Fitness for Older, Active Adults? Lessons Learned from Masters Athletes.”
  • 5. “See” Food: My high school and college competitive diet! Certainly not the best nutritional plan for my competitive days, if only I knew then what is known today! Athletes today (including work-related athletes in physically challenging jobs) have the opportunity to work with registered dietitian nutritionists to maximize their nutritional intake and its impact on performance and health. Elizabeth L. Abbey, Ph.D., RDN, CDN, discusses the role of sport RDNs and how this role extends beyond the traditional athlete in her excellent feature article, “Expanding the Arena of Sport Nutrition: Optimizing Performance on Every Stage.”
  • 6. Do “love handles” matter? Data suggest that increased abdominal body fat is a major health risk, and it seems like our society is currently losing the “battle of the bulge.” Kari D. Pilolla, Ph.D., RDN, discusses the challenges associated with abdominal obesity and provides some key techniques for screening your clients and interventional strategies that can be applied. I am certain you will gain a wealth of insight reading her article, “Targeting Abdominal Obesity Through the Diet: What Does the Evidence Say?”
  • 7. Supplements: Someone is getting rich, but do they really work? It seems like our society prefers a “pill-first” approach to health, wellness, and maximizing performance. And while swallowing a pill is much simpler than preparing “whole foods,” the benefits are marginal at best and certainly expensive. Learn more about the benefits of a “real food” approach by reading our feature article “Food with Benefits: Gain the Competitive Edge with a ‘Food First’ Approach,” written by Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD and Alexis Moore, RDN.
  • 8. Diets abound, but so does disordered eating; and they may be related! Leslie P. Schilling, M.A., RDN, CSSD, CSCS, in her feature article “Disorder in Disguise: Recognizing the Need for Change When Common Diet Trends Cause Harm,” shares some insightful information regarding our infatuation with diets and the harm they can induce. As health and fitness professionals, we have a critical role in helping our clients improve their health and wellness. Gain some key insights into nondiet approaches you can take with clients by reading this excellent feature article.
  • 9. Intestinal Microbiota: friend or foe? From older adults to young Olympic athletes, gastrointestinal challenges abound. Melinda M. Manore, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD, FACSM, in her feature article, “Diet, Exercise, and the Gut: Steps to a Healthier Gut,” discusses the link between a healthy gut and our immune health, and reveals what your clients can do to maximize their gut health.
  • 10. Client Success Strategies: Weight management is a journey, not a destination! This issue’s Enhancing Your Behavioral Toolkit column, penned by Associate Editor Janet Buckworth, Ph.D., FACSM, reviews a number of key behavioral strategies for helping your overweight and obese clients gain control over behaviors associated with their weight challenge. Be sure to read “Weight Management Behavioral Strategies” as the column presents a wealth of practical information applicable to the clients you work with.
  • 11. MINDful eating, important for the health of our brains! As we age, many of us have growing anxiety and concern regarding “losing our minds,” or, cognitive decline. Stella Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., LDN, FACSM, introduces us to the MIND diet and its potential influence on the health of our brains. Check out this issue’s A Nutritionist’s View column, “Nutrition and Brain Health.” It may keep you from going out of your mind!
  • 12. Nutrition advice and scope of practice: Critically important to toe the line! Although a wealth of nutrition information is available on the Internet, in books, and in periodicals, it is a dangerous practice to provide nutritional advice to clients without appropriate training and licensure. This issue’s The Legal Aspects column by Anthony A. Abbott, Ed.D., FACSM, FNSCA, provides an excellent review regarding the importance of practicing within our professional scopes of practice and litigation that can result when we inappropriately cross the line.
  • 13. Fueling productivity and worker health is a worthwhile focus for organizations! Although healthy nutrition at the workplace can be challenging, there are some excellent resources that provide a wide variety of “food for thought.” Nicolaas P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP and Thomas Kottke, M.D., MSPH, share a number of excellent thoughts on how you can assist employers in improving their worksite nutrition in this issue’s Worksite Health Promotion column.

Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM,


Kalispell Regional Medical Center

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