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Nutrition is an important aspect in athletic performance. Download these shareable videos, graphics, handouts and recipes to help promote the power of protein and eggs.

Do Elite Athletes Eat Red Rope Licorice?

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Based on a completely unofficial and unscientific poll, I estimate that 25% of nutrition professionals pursued the field because of their experiences in childhood sports.  And if anything, I think this is an underestimate.  Most athletes learn the importance of making smart food choices before practice and competition, and then a subset parlay this knowledge into a passion for food science, nutrition, and dietetics.

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Do you need a protein supplement to build muscle?


Featured article in the Spring 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Pamela Hernandez, CPT

There is always a desire to find the answer to our health and wellness concerns in a pill. According to Forbes magazine, the nutritional supplement industry produces revenue of approximately $32 billion annually.1  The broad definition of the term “supplement” includes everything from your basic daily multivitamin to the vast selection of protein shakes and weight loss pills advertised in fitness magazines.  Continue reading “Do you need a protein supplement to build muscle?”

Muscle quality: what does it mean to your health?

Featured article in the Winter 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Christian Wright, Doctoral Student, Purdue University

“Bigger is better” for most Americans when it comes to skeletal muscle. One only needs to look at the latest cover of health magazines for headlines such as “build muscle fast” and “supersize your legs” to know this to be true. After all, a larger muscle is generally a stronger muscle, which is important for overall health. In fact, muscular strength is often used as a surrogate for one’s physical health as it is independently associated with not only mobility, but also the development of chronic disease.

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Underfueling: are we taking weight loss too far?

Featured article in the Fall 2015 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Pamela Hernandez, CPT

The Female Athlete Triad is most often associated with high school or collegiate athletes, but its symptoms can affect women of any age who engage in high levels of physical activity and eat a very low-calorie diet in an attempt to lose weight.  Continue reading “Underfueling: are we taking weight loss too far?”