382. Same Study, Different Headlines: Combating Confusion in Nutrition News Coverage

2019 FNCE Sessions recordings

It happens all the time: a peer-reviewed journal article publishes, and in the rush to be the first to print, reporters skim the abstract or press release to write about the study's conclusions and what it means to the average person.

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It happens all the time: a peer-reviewed journal article publishes, and in the rush to be the first to print, reporters skim the abstract or press release to write about the study's conclusions and what it means to the average person. What follows are diametrically opposed headlines with drastically different consumer calls-to-action, as happened when results of the National Institutes of Health-funded VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) research were released in November 2018. When national publications including the New York Times and Washington Post publish disparate stories on the exact same study, it is incumbent on dietitians, particularly those who work with the media, to help set the record straight. In this session, speakers will explore how media can come up with different conclusions using the same set of facts; what dietitians as the nutrition experts can do when these situations arise; and how dietitians can help get in front of news stories before they devolve into consumer mistrust of advances in nutrition science.

Award Presentation: Outstanding Social Media Award
Teaspoon Communications - Serena Ball, MS, RDN and Deanna Segrave-Daly, RDN

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2 - Intermediate
Learning Need Codes: 1070, 9020, 9050

Performance Indicators:

  • 3.1.6 Takes an active role in sharing information and knowledge.
  • 6.3.8 Interprets, analyzes, synthesizes and critically appraises research findings.
  • 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe in greater detail how nutrition science is covered in the media.
  • Address patients' confusion regarding nutrition science and recommendations.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in reading both scientific literature as well as media publications covering recently published studies.

Moderator

  • Elana Natker, MS, RD

Speakers

  • Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN
  • William Harris, PhD
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