Twitter Chat Summary: Nutrition and Food News – Strategies to Deal with the Latest Headlines

The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, in partnership with The Diabetes Influencers Network, has launched a series of Twitter chats from August through December 2016 geared to diabetes healthcare professionals. Topics will cover the gamut from using social media for career growth to helping clients accept the diagnosis of diabetes to offering guidance on healthy restaurant eating.

These lively Twitter chats will be facilitated by Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM. Warshaw is a Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute Faculty member and is serving during 2016 as president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Our recent Twitter chat took take place on Thursday, September 22 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, 1:00 – 2:00 pm CT, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT. The topic was: Nutrition and Food News – Strategies to Deal with the Latest Headlines. Following is a summary of that Twitter chat.

Q1: What are a few common questions, concerns you get from clients w #diabetes due to food & nutrition headlines? #DiabetesINFL

maureensrn Clients sometimes want basics and quick fixes. Education & Empowerment changes mindset. #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters what should I eat to manage #diabetes? #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Pts are concerned they can’t eat anything white #diabetesmyths #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw It’s usually what foods can/can’t I eat, what do I need to avoid? Or what “diet” do I need to follow? Others you get? #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters How safe are artificial sweeteners? Will they affect my diabetes in a negative way? #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Lots of questions on low carb diets. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw So how do you deal with this? #DiabetesINFL
avivamenche Questions about reading and understanding labels
hopewarshaw YES! So how do you deal with this? #DiabetesINFL
reneficek @HopeWarshaw The most common concern I receive is about carbs– The message clients receive is that they cannot have any! #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Collaboration with client; provide solid understanding of nutrition basics.#DiabetesINFL
fiberfriendly also, who is it out there telling people w/ #diabetes that they can’t eat bananas??!! #diabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd No carbs ever again! is something I hear often #diabetesmyths #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw So true, so frustrating!! #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Some ppl want to follow latest, greatest “diet” b/c they’ve heard its newest miracle “cure” or “reversal for” #diabetes. #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd @fiberfriendly Yes, I hear that often too! #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters @fiberfriendly I hear this all the time. “Don’t eat bananas!” bc they are difficult to measure #DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch Doctor says just don’t eat anything white!
hopewarshaw What about weight loss, what messages do you think people hear? #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd @eatsmartbd yes, so often I hear Fruit is bad for me because it is high in sugar #diabetesmyths #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Exactly! A loaf of whole grain bread isn’t white but it isn’t going to control blood sugar either! #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Very difficult to educate, stay objective sometimes. Patient -focused! #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters msgs about weight loss – eat low carb, nothing processed, clean eating, paleo even #DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch Same folks #diabetes that are saying “no white.” There is often no education offered. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Yes, ID small changes ppl willing to make can result in BIG impact #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Weight loss needs to be associated with portions sizes rather than ‘allowed & avoid’ lists. #DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch @eatsmartbd So true! A loaf of whole grain bread has more carbs than a piece of white! #diabetes #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd ‘Processed foods’ = confusing to some. Unless you’re eating a stalk of wheat, even your whole grain bread is proces…
eatsmartbd This will help clear up the confusion about #processed foods: #diabetes #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters @eatsmartbd True, this can be so dangerous in good diabetes management #DiabetesINFL

Q2: How do you as a HCP work w, approach clients who are influenced by food & nutrition headlines? #DiabetesINFL

maureensrn Motivational interviewing; find what is “driving” client; dispel misconceptions. Team build.
maureensrn Always listen; youll hear the underlying concerns. Address those and move forward. #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Provide recommendations supported by scientific facts #evidencebased #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters as an education resource, we focus on providing correct nutrition information to #women living with #diabetes #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Seems we have a boatload of misconceptions to undo b/4 we begin to teach, help ppl make changes #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Assure them quick fixes are not a healthy options.#LifestyleChange #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Steer them clear of “diets” that eliminate entire food groups or have unrealistic restrictions #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd As a counselor, you should use your ears more than your mouth. #apathy #understanding #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Asking questions to figure out where their beliefs are based, and address them respectfully #DiabetesINFL #respect
maureensrn “slow and steady” is the name of the game. Lets be realistic, together, moving forward.#DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch Go back to basics. If they are asking, they want more help, meaning they are open to a more sensible opinion. #DiabetesINFL
mylighttrackrd Try to separate fact from fiction and keep it simple for them. Not good/bad, but sonetimes/always foods #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Concerns me as RD too much focus on low-carb as means to control BG. Not necessarily healthy eating/habits for kids #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd If you don’t know the answer, your health professional will do the research and find out! #DiabetesINFL
fiberfriendly – It’s helpful to remind #diabetes clients there’s no magical diet they’re missing out on. Eating right can be “boring”
🙂 #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I encourage ppl to use reliable, trusted online resources, incl: gov sites, assoc sites, reliable experts. Your advice? #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw If recom, advice is safe, I may encourage client to do an “experiment”. Try it out. See how it works. Then report back. #DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch Make it easy for it to fit into THEIR lifestyle. There is no one-size-fits all “diabetes” diet. #diabetes #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Yes! Headlines are often magnetic, attracting an audience with hype instead of help. #diabetes #media #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw If recom, advice is not safe, I encourage against trying and provide rationale along with a healthier approach. You? #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw In fact there’s no “diabetic diet” right @AmDiabetesAssn #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn I always stay culturally competent as well. Food has “many meanings in many cultures” #DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch @HopeWarshaw Exactly Hope. Unfortunately the word “diet” is synonomous with diabetes (and right in the word!).#DIabETes #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd The word “diet” actually means “way of life”…not “weigh” of life! It’s not just abt the numbers on the scale!…

Q3: What are your go-to resources and references to provide clients with #diabetes accurate, science-based advice? #DiabetesINFL

hopewarshaw I point ppl to guidelines, guidance from @AmDiabetesAssn @aadediabetes @eatright if topic covered at right level 4 client #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Reliable resources and websites: #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I point ppl to accurate, science-based articles, entities and colleagues’ resources, writings on various topics. You? #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters @amdiabetesassn provides good resources to start along with @kellyoc for nutrition facts #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Fav diabetes resources @AmDiabetesAssn #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw If request on a topic, ex update tech, product, advance and I know good article on @diabetesmine @diatribenews I link #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Favorite diabetes resources @StopDiabetesDC #DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch Mayo Clinic. Many good resources #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Any other go-to resources and references before we move to Q4? #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd More great #diabetes resources: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases @NIH #DiabetesINFL @DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw @NDEP National Diabetes Education Program is terrific #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn I love sites that offer Multicultural/Multilanguage focused resources! #DiabetesINFL
diabetesinfl More great resources here too #DiabetesINFL #Diabetes #Recipes
eatsmartbd Don’t forget to check WHO is writing the story! It’s not just about what is being said. #credibility #DiabetesINFL
avivamenche Out blog has posts by CDEs referencing their professional experience and other reputable sources #DiabetesINFL

Q4: How do you react, what actions do you take when you see a headline posted that isn’t accurate, science-based? #DiabetesINFL

eatsmartbd Write a Letter to the Editor of the publication or site. Let your voice be heard. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Depends on who, what entity posts and whether correcting inaccuracy is likely to correct in any meaningful way. You? #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Research the basis behind the claims, so you have backing if asked about it by a client or media #DiabetesINFL #evidencebased
maureensrn Try and stay objective; contact resource; offer insights; share resources; networking pays off.
fiberfriendly fighting bad science diet headlines is a losing battle. I try to tackle misinfo w/ humor & facts for #diabetes clients #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters misleading information makes me anxious/nervous, i.e. cinnamon as a cure #diabetesinfl
t1dexchange We vet articles before sharing on social and sometimes have responded w/open letters to publications re: inaccuracies #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw To me coherent message is choose healthy foods, in proper portions…find plan works to achieve health,…
maureensrn Often:( by unrealistic headlines; “lose 20 pounds this weekend”. Respond supportively w/ research to support your feedback #DiabetesINFL
marlenekoch Yes, always go back to the source. #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Discuss with fellow RDs to hear their thoughts #DiabetesINFL #registereddietitian
diabetessisters We have pulled “expert” articles to our site if the information is inaccurate or promises cures #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw If worth correcting, I’m gracious, use friendly, respectful words, tone. May include link to accurate source 4 correction #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Might be helpful to mention that sometimes headlines are NOT written by RDN authors! #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Must remember that anyone can post on social media…keep list of solid research based information #DiabetesINFL
reneficek @HopeWarshaw Most media outlets are looking for headlines that contrast nut. science, in hopes of more “clicks” #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Agree. Throw an RD fit…then shake it off and spread the responsible diabetes management knowledge…
hopewarshaw You mean the headline on the article written by the RD/RDN? Oh yes, very true #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw If I’ve written article on topic I offer link to it w a tone of you may be interested in this science-based article. You? #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I’m always happy to point ppl to accurate, science-based article written by #diabetes or dietitian colleagues. #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd The word “Healthy” on a food label hasn’t been updated in 20 years! #fat #sugar #DiabetesINFL #ReadItB4UEatIt
hopewarshaw Will meaning of nutrition, health claims change with new nutrition facts label in ’18? #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn The world of diabetes is everchanging. Stay open, objective, willing to listen and collaborate. #DiabetesINFL

Q5: What if inaccurate post is posted by a #diabetes or food & nutrition colleague, entity you know? #DiabetesINFL

hopewarshaw I pick, choose. If I correct, I do so with a soft tone, suggestion of you might want to read (w link) to accurate source. #DiabetesINFL
fiberfriendly not all nutrition “experts” are always up on latest research. I try to share current best practices w/ colleagues #DiabetesINFL
avivamenche Send them a private message and politely let them know of their error. You are helping them by telling them! #DiabetesINFL
reneficek @HopeWarshaw kindly respond with accurate science based information! #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters if that happens, I question the organization that posted, I lose a bit of faith in them #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I may offer accurate info from respected, reliable source like a professional pub or association. #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Sadly, some people that are looked upon as nutrition “experts” are just those that have loud voices. #credibility
mylighttrackrd Politely contact and make them aware in an email. Give them the opportunity to correct themselves. #DiabetesINFL
avivamenche It’s very possible they overlooked the mistake and won’t be upset if you tell them the right way #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Contact sources and share concerns/finding and supporting research.
maureensrn Offer to collaborate; shared knowledge is power. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Bottom line: don’t be nasty, don’t call person, entity on carpet. Simply correct with science-based info. #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters @eatsmartbd If the information is posted to social media, must take it with a grain of salt as well #everyoneisNOTanexpert #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Calories will appear larger, cals from fat will be ditched, sugar will be called out + other exciting stuff!…
rebeccabitzerrd Comment with your point of view, in a non-threatening manner and provide sources #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Not too much salt! ;)) #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn These encounters often lead to the best networking & collaboration. Stay professional! #DiabetesINFL
barbruhsrd Unfortunately, with social media, there isn’t a lot of accountability for accuracy. Once info gets out…hard to correct #diabetesinfl
rebeccabitzerrd Open up the channels of communication so that all providers are counseling with accurate information #DiabetesINFL

Q6: What is your response if your information is challenged, someone engages w you negatively? #DiabetesINFL

maureensrn Remain calm, objective; share research and supporting evidence to your information.
hopewarshaw If person or entity’s tone negative and inciting I use “radio silence”. Translated – do not respond. Not worth it! You? #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Never badmouth the original source. Stay objective and supportive. #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Agree to disagree, but always thank them for input, time and energy. I do learn from every encounter/inquiry. #DiabetesINFL
mylighttrackrd Provide your sources, tactfully explain your point of view. Like Q5, stay professional. There will always be negativity. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Over the years of engagement in social media, I’ve had some interesting experiences. I’m battle tested. #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn I do get a lot of international inquiries on diabetes. Always a chance to learn something new. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Can you summarize key thoughts #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Oftentimes, I “think” I’m being asked only because they don’t like the first educators input. Stay objective. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Advice: not worth HCP time or reputation on social media to engage negatively. Agree? Share your words of wisdom. Agree? #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Provide the source your information was based on #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Agreed. Discuss information in private message, do not start a public battle #DiabetesINFL
diabetesinfl If the engagement continues to get even more negative, blocking the person might be necessary, thoughts? @HopeWarshaw #DiabetesINFL
morethanfoodinc An authoritarian posture usually escalates the conflict; I like exploring what’s behind the resistance…

Q7: What R UR go-to resources, references to provide ppl, entities on social media w accurate, science-based #diabetes advice? #DiabetesINFL

maureensrn #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I point ppl to guidelines, guidance from @AmDiabetesAssn @aadediabetes @eatright if topic covered at right level #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd @AmDiabetesAssn #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I point ppl to #diabetes resources, blogs, websites w/ accurate info. You? #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases @NIH #DiabetesINFL @DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I enjoy promoting science-based colleagues so I’ll will often suggest and include their handle or resource in response. #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn #DiabetesINFL
myglu @t1dexchange provides science-based #diabetes info through registry data, clinical and online patient-based research. #DiabetesINFL

Q8: What, where are the best social media venues/vehicles to get your science-based advice out to the public? #DiabetesINFL

maureensrn personal blogs #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw You mean your personal blog? #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Guest blogs on health media sites. Networking is so important. #DiabetesINFL
diabetessisters fcebook groups, #dsma feeds, but always with the notion that #ydmv (@badshoe, thanks!) #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd @Twitter and Facebook and blogs #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw I’m a Twitter fan. I like rapid-fire form of dialogue. Anyone use Facebook, Linked in regularly, successfully for this? #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn @HopeWarshaw Yes, personal website blog. #DiabetesINFL
mylighttrackrd My website: I try to mix my blog posts with some research-based news. #DiabetesINFL
avivamenche Personal blog, guest posts, relvent groups on social media, “write an article” on LinkedIn and share… #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Why limit yourself? #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn personal newsletters & cross promoting other HCP. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw Meaning, what else do you, would you suggest #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Radio show interviews #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn I often do community presentations for those not into social media. Great feedback face-to-face #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd I like to combine my stories +hot nutrition + diet topics in one weekly newsletter:…
hopewarshaw Yes, excellent. Or podcasts. CDE colleague @MelissaJoyRD is doing great job getting out science-based info via…
avivamenche Post to groups based on where your audience hangs out. Health care professionals vs. people with Type 1 vs. people Type 2 #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn Join speakers bureaus. #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw When space I include handles of like-minded HCPs so they promote further with their handle. It can be effective, viral! #DiabetesINFL
rebeccabitzerrd Yes, I also use linked-in and facebook to broaden the reach of providing information.
hopewarshaw I’ll e-mail like-minded colleagues, include the post, ask to tweet or RT my post. If you return favor, it will get done. #DiabetesINFL
fiberfriendly I love simplifying complex nutrition info in easy-to-read blog posts that #diabetes clients can digest #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn So much needed education in society .Put yourself out there & you will be rewarded. #DiabetesINFL
eatsmartbd Yes — our role is to make sense of science! #DiabetesINFL
hopewarshaw WOW love this, so true! #DiabetesINFL
maureensrn The “a ha ” moment when a client “gets it” is second to none. Very rewarding. #DiabetesINFL
barbruhsrd I think other RDNs can be good sources. Also, @CSPI @AHA_Dallas @mnt @HHSGov @HarvardChanSPH @NIH #diabetesinfl
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