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Results of reader survey

About a month ago I put up a link to a short, 10 question survey.  I let it run for a month and received 22 responses.  Thanks to everyone who filled it out- I honestly did not expect that many. While this data may not be representative of all readership, there were some interesting results which I think are important enough to report and maybe encourage other bloggers to do similar surveys. Question 1: What is your highest level of education? I expected readers to be mostly younger, Read more [...]

My favorites of 2010

2010 is over, so here is my annual list of favorite research that has been published over the year. Last year's list was large as I was able to drag/drop references from Mendeley where I save papers, but for whatever reason it is not letting me do that this year.  So this time I had to link to things I blogged about or do it all manually (which might take until 2012!). My favorite post topics this year: As always, I am overwhelmed by so many things to read and write about, but here are some of Read more [...]

Getting to know my readers (survey)

Greetings, I started this blog a little over a year ago with no expectations or real direction.  It was meant first and foremost as a personal journey to organize my thoughts as I dig deep into various areas of nutrition research, and second as an outlet against what is a frustrating system of mainstream media reporting on how research contributes to our understanding of nutritional topics. 71 posts later, I see consistent traffic to the blog, but still don't get many comments.  I have a decent Read more [...]

Critically evaluating Hershey’s/ADA’s The Moderation Nation campaign

Earlier this week I expressed some concern for a new health campaign by Hershey and the American Dietetic Association.  The campaign website is now launched as of Wednesday. Among my initial concerns that the number of people that will be reached by Hershey's donation for initial consultations is simply too low to make a significance in the long run.  The initial consultation is free, but will they pay for follow-up sessions?  Does one consultation make a measurable difference in health choices? Read more [...]

Do we need Hershey to lead a health campaign?

Recently i've put up a couple posts on the American Dietetic Association's recent corporate sponsor, Hershey, and other concerns about sponsorships. Hershey is not wasting any time with this new partnership.  In an e-newsletter pointed out by Marion Nestle, Hershey announces a multi-year campaign called "Moderation Nation™."  The initiative between the company and the ADA: ... will reach millions of consumers across the country with unique resources, public programs and educational efforts in Read more [...]

ADA and corporate sponsorship part 2

Last week I ranted about the ADA and its corporate sponsors after hearing about the latest sponsorship by Hershey. Fooducate also commented about this, took the initiative to contact the ADA, and posted some of the statements along with some great comments. They found that in 2009, less than 9% of ADA's revenue comes from corporate sponsorships.  Of ~$33 million, sponsors provided ~$2.9 million.  From the Annual Report, I found that there are approximately 70,000 members.  Membership fees Read more [...]

A note on the ADA, corporate sponsorship, and PepsiGate

Last week, the American Dietetic Association announced a new corporate sponsor: The Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition.  The press release is vague but states that they: "...will collaborate with ADA on consumer and health professional initiatives including an innovative, national consumer-focused nutrition education campaign." Whatever that means.  But the goals of these partnerships are always primarily to improve brand image so more people will include their products in a "healthy" diet, Read more [...]

My favorite studies of 2009

As 2009 comes to an end, it is time to reflect on some of this year's scientific advancements. Please comment here, by email, or twitter on how I am doing with the blog so far.  Though I only started it a few months ago in September, I hope it has been a benefit to at least a few people.  I am very detail oriented, so posts will roll out slowly, and with over 40 topics already in draft, 2010 will be a busy year! Happy new year! Here are short comments on some of my favorite studies of this year. Nutrition Read more [...]