Twelve (plus one) Thoughts from Our Nutrition Themed Issue
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, PhD, 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 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 suggests 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
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 non-diet
approaches you can take with clients by reading this excellent feature
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., LD/N,
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! While
a wealth of nutrition information is available on the Internet, in
books, and 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! While
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.