RECORDED WEBINAR Eating Beyond the Headlines: Sorting Evidence from Emotion




BHN Webinar

“Eating Beyond the Headlines: Sorting Evidence from Emotion”

RECORDED ON May 11, 2017

CPEU Certificate Expires 4/12/2020

Cost: $10 Members, $25 Non-Members


Webinar presented by: Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND

 Alarming food and nutrition headlines not only confuse consumers but can also create fear of foods and ingredients that may lead to the exclusion of nutrient-rich foods from the diet. Nutrition and health recommendations should be based on the scientific evidence and not the results of a single study heralded in the media or misinformation and opinions promoted by those without credentials or food and nutrition expertise. This can be challenging especially for topics that evoke strongly held and emotional beliefs that often defy scientific reality. This presentation will examine some of the current popular nutrition topics in the news and the real scientific facts behind them, such as, wheat and gluten, red meat and cancer, sugar, and organic foods.


  1. Read and critically evaluate studies that have been sensationalized in the media.
  2. Identify the scientific facts behind popular nutrition myths in the popular media.
  3. Explain the nutritional consequences of omitting specific foods from the diet that have been maligned in the media.

CPE level:    Level 2: General Knowledge of literature and professional practice in areas covered
Learning Needs:

Learning Codes:  4040 Disease prevention; 5280 Nutrient deficiencies; 5370 Weight management, obesity; 9020 Evaluation and application of research

Performance Indicators:  4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making;  6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers;  6.3.7 Interprets data to make recommendations and to form realistic and valid conclusions;  6.3.11 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery and health and nutrition of customers;  8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice;  8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.

Speaker Biography: Neva Cochran is a nutrition communications consultant in Dallas. She serves as a consultant to a variety of food and nutrition organizations, and is a frequent speaker at district, state and national conferences. An active member of the Academy, she has served as President of both the Dallas and Texas Academies, as a national media spokesperson, a member of the House of Delegates and Chair of the Academy Foundation. She was a 2012 recipient of the Academy’s Medallion Award and the 2016 recipient of the Texas Academy’s Outstanding Preceptor Award. Neva received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma and her Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.