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NY Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Presents Mediterranean Study Webinar

C. Phillips | January 2, 2019

Over 346 dietitians in New York State registered to learn about the new Checkoff-funded Mediterranean diet research in a webiner presented by New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND) Dec. 4, 2018. The webinar, sponsored by New York Beef Council, offers one continuing education unit.

Researcher, author and nutrition scientist Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., presented the evidence-based webinar entitled Can a Mediterranean Diet with Lean Meats Reduce Cardiovascular Risk?  As a member of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Scientifc Advisory Committee, Campbell offered insight into the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans on lean meat being part of a recommended healthy diet pattern. 

Campbell examined a body of research on diet and cardiovascular health. He reviewed strong evidence that shows the heart health benefits of Mediterranean diets inclusive of red meat, including a new published study that shows a Mediterranean-style eating pattern with lean red meat can improve cardiometabolic risk1. The RD participants were able to assess the evidence and offer practical tips to help clients incorporate lean meats in healthy eating patterns. 

The outcomes were very positive. Over 90 percent of the RDs responded they will apply the knowledge in their nutrition practice. Those who would “recommend beef just as likely as other proteins” more than doubled from 30 percent to 63 percent. “This was an excellent webinar!” wrote Judith Prince, R.D., webinar participant.  “It was fantastic! The collaboration between the New York Beef Council and NYSAND has resulted in member continuing education development. Thank you for a great experience,” said Carol DeNysschen, Ph.D., President of NYSAND. “Dietitians are very dedicated to help the families eat healthfully. It is very rewarding to see the science strengthen their practice!” said Cindy Chan Phillips, MBA, R.D., NYBC director of nutrition education. 

Phillips’ work with the NYBC is financially supported by the Kansas and Nebraska Beef Councils. For more information on the event, contact Cindy Chan Phillips, R.D., cphillips@nybeef.org.