Posts Tagged ‘IFIC’

Just in time to round out Healthy Heart month, here’s a video I did with the folks at the International Food Information Council on foods for a healthy heart. Enjoy!

I’m not much of a resolution type of guy but I do think the process of making them is fun – as long as you don’t take them too seriously. Apparently, the rest of America has caught on to this too and its predicted that in another week or so, many “resolutions” made will no longer be taken seriously by their makers either. Unfortunately, broken resolutions are often followed by feelings of remorse, failure and dismay.

I wanted to share a few informative and motivational videos with you that may help either get back on track with your new efforts or keep you on track if you haven’t thrown in the towel yet!

The first video was made with my friends from the International Food Information Council. It’s all about helpful tips for weight management – from goal setting to choosing the best optimal foods for middle management.

The second video is actually a Livestream event that was recorded on January 5th which featured Lisa Lillien (aka Hungry Girl), Andrea Metcalf national fitness celebrity and author of the new book Naked Fitness, Douglas “Duffy” McKay, N.D. Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for the Life Supplemented campaign, and yours truly. It was entitled the Power Hour of Wellness where we discussed the benefits of a healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise and appropriate use of dietary supplements. There were lots of great “resolution” tips given that may be of help to you on your new path to greater wellness. Good luck and don’t forget, you can always seek guidance here if you are struggling. And if you are being successful, I’d love to hear your story, too!!

Powerhour of Wellness

Here’s some coolio photos from the Powerhour of Wellness shoot.

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Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone!

The Guyatitian

If you haven’t already figured it out, I love doing videos. And I had some wonderful opportunities come my way to particpate in a series of health and nutrition videos produced by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) out of Washington DC and at Kenmore Live Studio in Chicago.

The first three are from a recent apperence at Kenmore Live Studio in Chicago where I did a cooking demo on home remedy foods.

Lastly, here’s the second in a series of six health videos I did with IFIC on pumping up your immune system with the right foods. No that is not a stunt double – that’s my gun show!

I’m very excited to introduce to you the first video in a series produced in partnership with the International Food Information Council. They’re an incredible organization that creates reliable and sound nutrition communications for both health professionals and the public alike. Here is the press release about our partnership:

As the U.S. continues to deal with the obesity epidemic and families around the country struggle with incorporating healthful eating and physical activity into their lives, the International Food Information Council Foundation, which has been focused on childhood obesity for nearly a decade, continues to develop a variety of helpful resources to help families learn healthy habits.  

Today, the Foundation is releasing its new video “Foods for Health: Building Healthy Kids &Families,” produced in partnership with registered dietitian David Grotto, also known as the “guyatitian” and author of “101 Optimal Life Foods.” The video and accompanying materials are filled with quick tips for kids and families to incorporate healthful foods and physical activity into their lives.

“Good nutrition is so important for developing bodies and minds,” says Grotto. “As a parent of three growing girls, I’m particularly focused on keeping them healthy and there are many easy steps parents can take to ensure their kids live healthful lives.”

Here are a few simple tips that parents can use today:

Breakfast Boosts Brainpower: Parents and kids can start their day off right with the “traditional triplet”: Whole grain ready-to-eat cereal and fat-free milk plus 100 percent fruit juice.

Bone Up on Bone Health: Low-fat and fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium that can promote bone health, but you can expand your calcium intake by choosing foods that have been fortified with calcium like orange juice, soymilk, and ready-to-eat cereals.

Make Meals a Family Affair: It can take time before children learn to enjoy the taste of certain foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and fish. Getting kids involved in family meal preparation can help get them excited about what will be served on the dinner table. 

The video is the first in the Foundation’s “Foods for Health” series featuring David Grotto to be released over the next several months. Future topics include weight management, immune health, digestive health, heart health, and healthy aging.

In addition to the video, the Foundation also recently created a healthy kids and families section of its website The section features more tips and guides for parents, health professionals and educators—who can all serve as role models in children’s lives. It supplements, the Foundation’s childhood obesity prevention initiative launched in 2002, which provides activities that get kids up and moving while playing online.

These new resources are part of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s effort to complement First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign as it moves forward.

For more on the International Food Information Council Foundation’s efforts to help families live healthful and active lives, and any other questions, please contact the Foundation media team at 202-296-6540, or

The International Food Information Council Foundation’s mission is to effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition, and food safety for the public good.  Additional information on the Foundation is available on the “About” section of our Web site.  For interviews with experts or other questions please, call (202)296-6540.

FYI! There are only two more days to weigh-in on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans committee recommendations. So far, according to Liz Rahavi, MS, RD  from the International Food Information Council, the most vocal areas have been about:

  • Consumer messaging: for the DGA to be a success, messaging must be positive, actionable, and consistent across all government programs to create one nutrition voice for the consumer. 
  • Whole foods and total diet should be promoted, with limited focus individual nutrients. 
  • Opinions on processed foods varied from concerns about certain ingredients in processed foods to the notion that science in processing can help the population meet dietary guidance recommendations.
  • The topic of shifting to a plant-based diet may have received the most attention during oral comments.
  • Here’s the link to Liz’s blog to get the whole storyIFIC Nutrition Blog | Food Blog, Nutrition Advice, Food Facts – 2010 Dietary Guidelines: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace. Stay tuned, I will be weighing in with my own opinions, shortly!

    Hi All:

    Very excited to be in Baltimore for the first Fitbloggin event spearheaded by Roni Noone of  GreenLiteBites. And I ‘m even more honored to be presenting with my friends at IFIC today and also wrapping up the event with a keynote address. Check out this all-star food and fitness blogger lineup!

    Saturday March 20, 2010

    6:30 – 7:30 New Balance Run/Walk – Click here for Info!
    Meet in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
    Be sure to stop by and have Breakfast with the Dietitian!
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    9:00 – 9:30 Welcome
    A Boxing Blogger Success Story
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    9:30- 10:30 Blogs, Accessibility and SEO: Dispelling the Myths.
    Presented by Scott Stawarz
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon A
    Don’t write about junk science: How to critically evaluate research.
    Presented by IFIC
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon B
    10:30 – 10:50 Break
    Mizfit’s Muscle in Minutes!
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    10:50 – 12:10 Getting Noticed: How to Pitch to Traditional Media with 

    in Harborside Ballroom Salon A

    WordPress from .com to Self Hosted: An in Depth look into one of the Most popular Blogging Software out there.
    Presented by Jim Doran
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon B
    12:10 – 1:10 Lunch
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    1:10 – 1:25 POM Presentation
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    1:25 – 2:40 Beyond the Blog: Getting Published with 

    in Harborside Ballroom Salon A

    Body Image and Blogging: What are we teaching our kids? with 

    in Harborside Ballroom Salon B

    2:40 – 3:00 Mizfit’s Muscle in Minutes!
    Pure2Raw Snack Table
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    3:00 – 4:15 Using Social Media to Reach Goals: The Power of an Online Community 

    in Harborside Ballroom Salon A

    Making Money From Your Blog: Should You? Could You? How?

    in Harborside Ballroom Salon B

    4:15 – 5:30 EA SPORTS Active
    Weight Watchers
    Closing Keynote brought to you by Quaker – Dave Grotto
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon C
    5:30 – 7:00 Post Conference Reception Brought to you by

    Book Signings
    in Harborside Ballroom Salon B


    Cool, eh? Lots of folks are twittering inquiries about Fitbloggin’11 registration – this is the event to attend for next year, for sure!

    I will post again on Sunday with cool pictures and a recap with what I experienced while I was here.

    Ciao and Chow!