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Duke Diet and Fitness Center in the News - Summer 2019

September 19, 2019

This summer, Duke Diet and Fitness Center experts were nationally recognized by several news organizations in articles about the keto diet, the Impossible Burger, 10,000 steps a day, and more. See how The New York Times, NBC News, Runner’s World, The Hill, and other publications looked to the Duke Diet and Fitness Center as a national leader in research-based diet and fitness information.

The Keto Diet is Popular, but Is It Good for You? The New York Times

William S. Yancy Jr., MD, Program Director, was sought out by the New York Times and quoted in the article, “The keto diet is popular, but is it good for you?” The article discussed the impact of the popular ketogenic diet and its effects on the body. Dr. Yancy discussed carbohydrate intake and its impact on blood sugar levels for weight loss.  

"Weight Watchers: Why the Diet I Hated as a Teenager Became the Lifestyle I love as an Adult." - NBC Better

Sofia Rydin-Gray, Ph.D., Director of Behavior Health, discussed the importance of psychological health for successful weight loss and maintenance with NBC News in, “Weight Watchers: Why the diet I hated as a teenager became the lifestyle I love as an adult.” Dr. Rydin-Gray reminded the author that there is an emotional aspect of weight loss and that shame can have an impact on progress. She especially stressed the importance of developing good coping skills when facing challenging situations.

What Is the Impossible Burger and Is It Even Healthy? - Runner's World

Nutrition Director Elisabetta Politi, RD, MPH, LDN, CDE, gave her take on the Impossible Burger to Runner’s World with, “What is the Impossible Burger and Is It Even Healthy?” Her answer? “No." “Because of the combination of high saturated fat and high carbohydrate content, and because the burger was “created in a lab by the food industry,” Politi does not consider it to be a wholesome food choice.

A Cancer Survivor and Fitness Motivator - Duke Today

Jessica Bolz, Aquatics Specialist, was profiled by Duke Today in, “A cancer survivor and fitness motivator.” Four-time cancer survivor Jessica Bolz discussed how she motivates her classes with fun costumes and inspiring messages. Students in her class identify with her story as an overcomer and are motivated by her positivity in the pool.

Ultra-Processed Foods Cause People to Gain Weight, Study Finds - NBC News

Elisabetta Politi also shared her expertise on satiety with NBC News in, “Ultra-processed foods cause people to gain weight, study finds.” She revealed that less processed foods help people feel fuller for longer. 

10,000 Steps a Day: Is It Necessary for Better Health? - The HIll


Jared Rosenberg, Exercise Physiologist at the DFC co-wrote and article with Dr. Will Yancy. Their opinion piece was published by The Hill titled, “10,000 steps a day: Is it necessary for better health?” They discussed the common idea that people should take 10,000 steps a day for optimal health. While they called this goal an “obviously arbitrary number,” they encouraged readers that “there is still value to achieving the goal.” They concluded that if tracking steps motivates people toward greater fitness, it could have a huge impact on “extending and improving life.” 

ADA: Medical Nutrition Therapy "fundamental" in Diabetes Management - Healio's Endocrine Today

Healio’s Endocrine Today discussed Dr. Yancy’s work in the consensus statement by the American Diabetes Association in, “ADA: Medical Nutrition Therapy ‘fundamental’ in diabetes management.”  There, Yancy advocated against a “one-size-fits-all” eating plan for diabetes. Instead, he encourages those affected by prediabetes or diabetes to seek out individualized medical nutrition therapy. This can better take into account “cultural backgrounds, personal preferences, and comorbidities.” 

The Duke Diet and Fitness Center is available to assist you with your weight-loss and fitness goals. Learn more about the nationally known experts that you can see at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center at www.dukedietandfitness.org

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