Recap of the Faculty Chat with Nutrition Authors Jamie Pope and Steve Nizielski

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Here's a recap with topics discussed and links from the informative and interactive Faculty Chat on September 22!

Opened with introductions of attendees and authors.   Polled attendees regarding whether teaching face-to-face, online, or hybrid.   More than half teaching online this semester.   Class sizes ranged from under 50 to over 200.

Update about DGA and Media Update as well as Achieve (Macmillan's next-generation online learning system!).  Demo of Achieve including a curated version of the nutrition course will be available after October 1 and Achieve will be live in December in time for Spring semester.   Macmillan will help….Here is a link to FAQs and to find your book representative to schedule a demonstration.  

Nutrition for a Changing World Media Update will include updates across the textbook, slides, and digital content regarding the new DGA as well as updates in stats, figures, and research.  In the interim, instructors can access resources about the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) in both Launchpad and the Nutrition Community.  

In Launchpad can locate DGA resources on your course page.   Scroll down past chapters and you’ll see “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025”.   The resources are hidden for students but can be accessed and downloaded by instructors for use and integration in to their courses.  

Also available in the Nutrition Community.   Showed how to find Nutrition Community from the main Macmillan Teaching Learning page by clicking on the three lines in the upper left corner of the Macmillan Teaching Learning page and scrolling down to “Nutrition”.   Direct link here:    The authors post often with teaching tips, resources, and nutrition news.   Excellent resource with helpful tools and resources for nutrition faculty.  

Regarding DGA resources in the Nutrition Community, can search “dietary guidelines” to locate recent post with resources.   These include two slide presentations that can be integrated into lecture slides or used alone – as well as a Voice Over PPTX.   Here is a link to post with DGA resources.

Discussion around how instructors present the DGA in their classes.   Several faculty on the call shared their approaches as well as challenges.    Jamie teaches Chapter 2 that addresses the DGA (as well as food labeling) after covering other chapters in 1-9 (including the macro and micronutrients) so students have stronger foundation and context.  She would be happy to share her approach and syllabus with course schedule - email  

Jamie shared a resource and assignment she uses where students explore food-based guidelines from around the globe and contrast to the US DGA.   Here is a link to where this assignment was discussed in a Nutrition Community post

Steve introduced and shared ways to stay abreast of new nutrition research and news.   Link to post about sources of Nutrition News in Nutrition Community

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About the Author
Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.